London, 7 December 2015 – ICAP plc (IAP.L), a leading markets operator and provider of post trade risk mitigation and information services, announces that the 23rd annual global Charity Day will be held on Wednesday, 9 December 2015. On this day, 100% of ICAP's revenues and commissions generated globally will be donated to more than 200 charities worldwide.
Since Charity Day was launched in December 1993, ICAP has raised more than £120 million for 1,800 charities worldwide. In 2014 alone, £8 million was raised by ICAP’s 60 plus offices, for 200 charitable projects. This is equivalent to 3% of ICAP's full year pre-tax profit for 2014/2015.
This year, Charity Day will again be raising funds for another 200 charities globally, of which 13 are UK charities. On the day, these charities will be joined by their celebrity patrons who will speak directly to ICAP's customers on the phone to close deals, boosting trading volumes in the process. This year, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be attending Charity Day in support of SkillForce, of which The Duke is patron, as well as SportsAid and Place2Be, of which The Duchess is patron. In addition, Samantha Cameron will attend in support of the Mulberry Bush School and KIDS.
The full list of celebrities attending will be announced on the day.
His Royal Highness Prince Harry, Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Dame Helen Mirren, Damian Lewis, George W.Bush and President of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam, were just a few of the many distinguished guests to have lent their support to ICAP and its charities in 2014.
Michael Spencer, Group Chief Executive Officer of ICAP, said: "This year is ICAP’s 23rd annual Charity Day. From our modest beginnings in 1993 when we had 100 employees, this event has grown to become a truly global fundraising event, of which we are extremely proud. This year, we will be supporting a further 200 extraordinary charities, all of whom are in need of funds to develop vital, life-changing projects which will make a difference to thousands of lives. We are dedicated to raising as much as we can for our charities on 9 December and are extremely grateful to our employees, customers and suppliers for their ongoing and generous support. Together we will all give 100%."
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Notes to editors:
ICAP Charity Day was founded in 1993 to grow its charitable giving programme through an innovative fundraising initiative that would make a significant difference to charities. Made possible through its unique position in the financial markets, the Group committed to donating all revenues and commissions on one day a year to a select group of charities around the world to guarantee that they would receive a sizeable contribution to fund much-needed projects and initiatives. Now in its 23rd year, ICAP, its customers and partners have collectively raised more than £120 million to date. www.icapcharityday.com
2015 UK Charities supported by ICAP Charity Day:
- Book Aid International
- Friendship Works
- Garden Bridge Trust
- Isabella Blow Foundation (The Samaritans)
- The Brain Tumour Charity
- Lord Mayors Appeal
- The Mulberry Busy Organisation
- Safepoint Trust
ICAP is a leading markets operator and provider of post trade risk mitigation and information services. The Group matches buyers and sellers in the wholesale markets in interest rates, credit, commodities, FX, emerging markets and equity derivatives through voice and electronic networks. Through our post trade risk and information services we help our customers manage and mitigate risks in their portfolios. For more information go to www.icap.com.