Searcys 175th Anniversary Charity Pledge Hits £99k15 August 2022
We are delighted to announce that Searcys has raised over £99,000 for charity, hitting over half of our target to raise £175k for charities and social enterprises.
Achieved through fundraising across our venues and central teams, Searcys has been participating in various activities to mark its 175th anniversary, from charity runs to raising over £10,000 for #CookforUkraine at Searcys restaurants and Champagne Bars earlier in the year.
A pinnacle of the fundraising calendar for the company so far has been the ‘Tour De Searcys’, a three-day gruelling 175-mile charity bike ride, led by Managing Director, Paul Jackson. Cycling to all 18 Searcys venues, from The Honourable Artillery Company across to the Barbican and The Gherkin, up to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and ending at The Pump Room in Bath. The team raised over £18,000 for charity partners Beyond Food, Hotel School and Julian House in Bath.
‘Delivering our £175k charity pledge to celebrate the company’s 175th birthday has been a tremendous team effort,’ explains Paul Jackson, Searcys Managing Director. ‘Our vision has been to build a platform for each and every one of our people to support causes close to their hearts. Examples include wonderful Jenny Sunwar from the Barbican who ran 175km in the month of February, our people team who took part in Moonwalk in support of Breast Cancer research and colleagues across the company have run, cycled, baked and organised raffles. Whether large or small, every effort matters and every contribution is greatly appreciated.’
Showing no signs of slowing down, upcoming activity includes a charity reception for New Horizon Youth Centre at the Gherkin on 5 September and a gala for Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) on 26 October at The Inner Temple in the City. The company will also continue donating one workday for each of its team members to take part in activities for their own causes and local communities. All fundraising efforts will go towards its end-of-year target of £175,000, which was set up in homage of founder John Searcy, who launched the catering company back in 1847.
New Horizon Youth Centre Charity Event at The Gherkin
To celebrate Searcys 175th anniversary we have partnered with the New Horizon Youth Centre to bring you an evening of stunning views of London, great food, fabulous lucky dip prizes and a live charity auction hosted by our favourite auctioneer and Patron, Jon Snow on Monday, 5th September at 6:30pm. Tickets are £80 and your support will go directly towards supporting young people experiencing homelessness in London.