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over 1 year ago by Richard Ward

Centrepoint Partnership

Centrepoint Homeless Young Daniel

Meridian donated over £50,000 to Centrepoint in 2019 and this is how we did it! 

Company-wide dress down days 

For anyone that attended last year’s conference, you will hopefully remember Hannah Jones, Hannah kindly agreed to come to Chester in order to provide a brief overview of what Centrepoint does and how our donations can help change the lives of young homeless people. Following her presentation, it was wonderful to see so many Meridian employees agree to increase their Dress Down Donation and get behind the project. For this, I would like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you. It is my pleasure to announce that through it’s Dress Down Days Meridian managed to raise over £6,000!


Several Meridian employees also decided to push themselves through the pain barrier to help raise invaluable sponsorship and with that in mind I would like to thank the following people for their efforts; 

  • Neil Rigby raised £490 by taking part in a 10k run through St Helens
  • Stephen Pearson raised £510 for his part in the Great Manchester Run. 
  • Ewan Bazley and myself got involved in the Manchester Sleep Out to help raise £590

Apprenticeship Levy

Meridian also donated generously by donating £43,000 of the company’s Apprenticeship Levy to Centrepoint, this money goes directly towards the training of Fundraising Managers and Care workers to help keep young people safe.

A spokesperson from Centrepoint said:

"We would like to say a huge thanks to everyone at Meridian Business Support for showing such fantastic support to Centrepoint over the last 12 months! We were bowled over a year ago by the number of people who signed up and even pledged more to your payroll giving scheme. Since then, we’ve had people taking on marathons, 10k runs, and even sleeping out to raise money for our great cause!

We’re very pleased to announce that as a company you have raised over £7,500 – this could pay for 100+ Centrepoint young people to gain GCSE level qualifications in Maths and English; setting them up to move on to further education or employment. With your help, we’re able to offer disenfranchised young people a route out of homelessness, and towards a better future."