Around $40 million has been raised and donated across 100 charities throughout the world from these Charity Day events since they started.
Last week Cherie attended the BGC Partners Charity Day. Since 2005, BGC Partners has held an annual Charity Day in their offices across the world in memory of their 658 colleagues who lost their lives in 2001 when one of the hijacked planes hit the BGC office in the World Trade Centre. They suffered the largest corporate loss of life of 9/11.
Each year a number of British, American and global charities are chosen and the firm's profits for the day are donated to the Charity Day 'pot'. Around $40 million has been raised and donated across 100 charities throughout the world from these Charity Day events since they started.
This year BGC's London office selected 25 UK charities to support; one of which was Scope, which Cherie was supporting in her capacity as Patron. She took part in several trades and was joined on the trading floor by other celebrities including Boris Johnson, Sally Bercow, Terry Wogan, Jo Brand, Harry Redknapp, Chris Evans, Prince Harry, and Ronnie Wood.
Scope's projects support disabled people at every stage of their lives, from supporting disabled children in accessing activities in their local community (such as swimming clubs, Brownies and Scouts) to working with disabled adults to empower them to make their own choices around living independently and gaining employment.
Scope also supports around 20,000 disabled people each year through their five schools, further education college, over 40 adult services and Scope Response (their information, advice and support service).
The money that BGC raises for Scope could be used to fund Scope's innovative projects with disabled children and young people. They would be able to set up a new fostering service for disabled children in London, help develop 10 new Face 2 Face schemes per year and get Equipment across our 5 schools and college.
This year, BGC raised $12 million globally.