Over 500,000 disadvantaged children helped by Foresters’ support

Foresters, the international financial services organisation, are proud to announce that their fund raising activities in 2014 have helped over half a million disadvantaged children in the UK.  Not only did they see an increase in the amounts raised for various good causes nationwide, but the help and support given by their member volunteers increased by a staggering 58%!

The company sponsors both local and national fund raising and community projects, which are supported by their member volunteers (their policy holders) across a diverse range of very worthy causes.

One of their major events Foresters’ supports is the Bauer Radio’s Cash For Kids (CFK) campaign helping disadvantaged children aged 0-18 by providing toys and baby packs for Christmas.

Foresters have been a major sponsor since 2009 and their last campaign - Mission Christmas 2014 - helped smash all previous records:

• 314,000 disadvantaged children in the UK were helped – a 13% increase over 2013
• the funds raised and gifts in kind totalled £10.7m (25% up from the 2013 campaign)
• 2,600 Foresters volunteers were involved in the campaign, as well as staff and suppliers, providing support and logistical help at a grass roots level.

Steve Dilworth MD, Foresters Member Network UK says: “The Cash For Kids campaign is particularly important at a time when an estimated 4 million children in the UK live below the poverty line. With this equating to 1 in 3 youngsters* it is a disturbing figure given the overall wealth within the nation.

“We are thrilled to see the difference that Foresters members, staff and suppliers can make to communities, families and individual children with their volunteer and fund raising activities. All these events also enable Foresters to fulfil our purpose, and generate recognition as a socially responsible organisation.

“We are already discussing plans for the 2015 Mission Christmas campaign and hope to help CFK support more children than ever at Christmas.”

Sally Aitchinson, MD, Bauer Media Cash For Kids adds: “The partnership between Foresters and Bauer Media Cash for Kids is a very special one. Mission Christmas 2014 was a best ever result supporting more than 314,000 children across the UK.

“These children are living in very difficult circumstances and without the support of Mission Christmas many of them would wake up to nothing on Christmas morning.

“Bauer Media drive their audiences to buy an extra gift when out Christmas shopping, dropping if off at one of the many collection points across the UK. This is made possible by the fantastic support we receive from our fabulous partners and without the help of Foresters we are confident that we would not be in a position to help as many children”.

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*Source: End Child Poverty

CONTACT:

Steve Dilworth, MD, Member Network UK, Foresters on: 0208 628 3400 or email: steve.dilworth@foresters.co.uk

ABOUT FORESTERS:

At Foresters we believe in enriching the lives of our members, their families and the communities they live in. We’re member-based, family-focused, and community spirited.

Our products benefit both your family and your community. We champion the well-being of families through quality financial products, unique member benefits and inspiring community activities.

We share our financial strength with over one million members across the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Throughout our 140-year history, our purpose has been to enrich the lives of members, their families and communities. The priorities remain today and will guide our future.

As an example, our work with Cash for Kids in their 2014 Mission Christmas Appeal helped around 314,000 children to have a better Christmas. The whole campaign raised over £10.7m and involved more than 2,600 Foresters volunteers.

Internationally, Foresters has over £14bn* funds under management and has been assigned an 'A' excellent rating by A.M. Best.**

Safeguarding our members' interests is at the heart of what we do. Being financially strong and responsive, with sound governance and continuing professional service have always helped us to protect our members' benefits.

*As at 31st December 2013

** An ‘A’ excellent rating is assigned to companies that have a strong ability to meet their ongoing obligations to policyholders and have, on balance, excellent balance sheet strength, operating performance and business profile when compared to the standards established by A.M. Best Company. In assigning Foresters rating A.M. Best stated that Foresters outlook rating is ‘stable’, which means it is unlikely to change in the near future, assuming Foresters financial strength is maintained and operations grow. A.M. Best assigns rating from A to F, A being superior and A and A- being excellent ratings. This rating was assigned on 3rd July 2013. Our International Head Office is located at 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9.  

DAC Ref No. 2013321 FM/CO   01/15

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At Foresters we believe in enriching the lives of our members, their families and the communities they live in. We’re member-based, family-focused, and community spirited. We champion the well-being of families through quality financial products, unique member benefits and inspiring community activities. We share our financial strength with over one million members across the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Throughout our 140-year history, our purpose has been to enrich the lives of members, their families and communities. The priorities remain today and will guide our future. As an example, our work with Cash for Kids in their 2014 Mission Christmas Appeal helped nearly 300,000 children to have a better Christmas. The whole campaign raised over £9m and involved 2,660 Foresters volunteers. Together with other charity partners we helped over half a million disadvantaged children in 2014. Forester Life is responsible for funds under management of nearly £3.3bn* and is part of Foresters, the international financial services organisation. Internationally, Foresters has over £15.7bn* funds under management and has been assigned an 'A' excellent rating by A.M. Best.** Safeguarding our members' interests is at the heart of what we do. Being financially strong and responsive, with sound governance and continuing professional service have always helped us to protect our members' benefits. *As at 31st December 2014 **An ‘A’ excellent rating is assigned to companies that have a strong ability to meet their ongoing obligations to policyholders and have, on balance, excellent balance sheet strength, operating performance and business profile when compared to the standards established by A.M. Best Company. In assigning Foresters rating A.M. Best stated that Foresters outlook rating is ‘stable’, which means it is unlikely to change in the near future, assuming Foresters financial strength is maintained and operations grow. A.M. Best assigns rating from A++ to F, A++ being superior and A and A- being excellent ratings. This rating was assigned on 2nd July 2013. Our International Head Office is located at 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9. DAC Ref No. 2014272/FM/OT 04/16

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Foresters have been a major sponsor since 2009 and their last campaign - Mission Christmas 2014 - helped smash all previous records: • 314,000 disadvantaged children in the UK were helped – a 13% increase over 2013 • the funds raised and gifts in kind totalled £10.7m (25% up from the 2013 campaign) • 2,600 Foresters volunteers were involved in the campaign, as well as staff and suppliers, providing support and logistical help at a grass roots level.
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We are thrilled to see the difference that Foresters members, staff and suppliers can make to communities, families and individual children with their volunteer and fund raising activities
Steve Dilworth MD, Foresters Member Network UK
The Cash For Kids campaign is particularly important at a time when an estimated 4 million children in the UK live below the poverty line
Steve Dilworth MD, Foresters Member Network UK
The partnership between Foresters and Bauer Media Cash for Kids is a very special one. Mission Christmas 2014 was a best ever result supporting more than 314,000 children across the UK
Sally Aitchinson, MD, Bauer Media Cash For Kids
... without the help of Foresters we are confident that we would not be in a position to help as many children
Sally Aitchinson, MD, Bauer Media Cash For Kids