Allianz Global Assistance Christmas Charity Work

Before donning their aprons, employees from Allianz Global Assistance spent time with members who use Croydon Visual’s services to understand more about the charity, the challenges faced by people with visual impairments, how they overcome them and how the charity helps. With over 40 people attending the Christmas lunch, the festive helpers had to chop and peel the vegetables, lay the tables and serve all three courses.

Richard James of Croydon Visual explains, “We offer a vital support network for people with visual impairment and we are so grateful to everyone at Allianz Global Assistance for bringing their festive spirit to our Christmas lunch. It was a fantastic day and everyone learned a great deal. We hope to work with the volunteers again this year and get them involved in some more great projects.”

In keeping with the charity spirit, employees were once again asked to buy an extra present when they did their Christmas shopping this December. The extra gifts were all donated to St Giles, a specialist school for pupils with physical disabilities and complex medical needs, aged 4 - 19. All 104 pupils in the school received a present after their school nativity, thanks to the One More Gift campaign. Staff also hosted a range of festive fundraising for the school to raise money for new ‘eye gaze’ technology for the pupils. The Allianz Global Assistance Christmas party raffle kicked off the fundraising, followed by a December Dress Down and carol singing by the Allianz Global Assistance Christmas choir, which all helped to raise an amazing £900.00.

Virginia Marshall, Head Teacher at St Giles School adds, “All of the pupils and staff here at St Giles are overwhelmed by the generosity of the Allianz Global Assistance team. The One More Gift campaign is fantastic and never fails to bring some Christmas magic to the school. In addition, the ongoing support and fundraising efforts from Allianz Global Assistance will make a real difference, helping us buy vital equipment designed to benefit all the pupils.”

Serge Corel, Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Global Assistance in the UK and Ireland says, “It was a very successful month of fundraising to end 2012 and we want to thank everyone who was involved by giving up their time and donating to these two worthwhile causes. We feel it is very important to give something back to our local community, especially at Christmas when it is great to see such festive spirit. We are continuing to build on our charity programme, Allianz4Good, which brings our employees together to give something back to the local community. It was a fantastic way to end the year and kick start a new year of fundraising and volunteering in 2013.”