Meeting Needs – the event industry charity – is celebrating reaching £1 million in income raised and helping over 145 causes since it was founded 14 years ago.
From its first beneficiaries, which included The Youth Cancer Trust, Shelter and St Rocco’s Hospice, to one of its most recent, the UK based Seashell Trust, which provides specialist care and support to young people who have complex physical, sensory and communication needs, Meeting Needs has always championed smaller projects that may not otherwise have access to funding.
Jennifer Jenkins, chair of Meeting Needs, says: “We are immensely proud of reaching the £1 million mark. This represents the wonderful generosity of the MICE industry, and the tireless work carried out by the charity and its donors.”
“In particular, we would like to say a special thank you to BDRC who have raised over £100,000 through VenueVerdict, HBAA and DRP who have consistently supported us so generously.
Meeting Needs is a registered charity set up by key figures within the UK meetings and events industry. It raises funds through the events industry to provide support to children and communities in the UK and worldwide.
Some of the causes helped by Meeting Needs include Frontline, a UK-based charity which provides support to people with learning difficulties and ‘high support’ needs. Frontline was given a grant of £2,750 to purchase walking aids for 60 children. Meeting Needs has also supported Sub-Saharan African based Simanjiro Rural Health Centre and Huruma Hospital with three parcels of medicines, a clinical box with dressings, small surgical equipment and a children’s clothes box.
Meeting Needs is always on the lookout for more charity partners, fundraisers and those able to make gifts or donations to support fundraising initiatives, from within the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events industry (MICE).