Deloitte’s people in Bristol choose new charity partnership to make an impact that matters 26th July 2022 People based out of Deloitte’s Bristol office have voted for their new charity partner. With an overwhelming number of nominations, Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity was chosen in the final round with a vote by Deloitte’s people. This three-year charity partnership is part of Deloitte’s 5 Million Futures responsible business programme, which aims to help five million people get to where they want to be through access to education and employment. Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity aims to improve the health and happiness of every patient in all ten of the NHS hospitals in Bristol city centre, South Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare. Jon O’Mahony, partner and responsible business lead in the South West at Deloitte, said: “The new three-year partnership with Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity is really exciting and will be a significant contributor to our 5 Million Futures UK wide initiative. It is mind-blowing and humbling thinking of the potential we have to make a real social impact within our South West community and our focus will be primarily on education and support for the children in Bristol Children’s Hospital, their families and the teams that support and care for them through terminal or long term illness. "The volunteering, pro-bono and fundraising opportunities being discussed provide a real motivation for our people to get involved, engage with the beneficiaries of the charity and feel part of making a difference to young people’s lives. “These opportunities will span from helping the charity with digital experiences for their people and beneficiaries through augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), to compelling fund-raising events such as fun-runs, marathons and challenges, including the three peaks challenge. We will also be offering one to one mentoring, tutoring or group forums for children with a long term illness.” Elaine Gibson, philanthropy and partnerships manager at Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity, said: “This partnership represents a huge opportunity for both our hospital beneficiaries, and for us as a charity. Over the next three years we’ll be working together to deliver real change for Bristol Children’s Hospital. “We’re delighted to have had such incredible support from Deloitte’s people and we’re looking forward to everything this partnership will allow us to do for young patients.” Jon O’Mahony, added: “We invited our people in Bristol to nominate a charity they felt passionate about to be a potential new charity partner for the South West region at Deloitte. “Together we identified organisations that work with some of the hardest to reach groups in society and our charity partnerships support Deloitte’s WorldClass ambition to improve 100 million futures globally by 2030. “Partnering with organisations in our local communities is important to our people. Working with our charity partner not only gives our people the opportunity to support local people with learning, skills and employment opportunities, but it also helps us develop our skills and knowledge, enabling us to deliver more inclusive services to our clients.” In the last three years, volunteers for Deloitte’s societal impact programme across the UK have clocked up more than 80,000 volunteering hours and 30,000 hours of pro-bono work, making an impact on over 900,000* futures in the UK. Last year Deloitte pledged to donate 7,500 of its laptops to UK schools, charities and families. The latest batch of more than 1,000 laptops have been donated to Ukrainian refugees arriving in the UK to help families stay connected with loved ones, support access to education and employment and connect to communities in the UK and elsewhere.