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Three UK Children’s Charities to benefit this year from CIBC’s support

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Three children’s charities in the UK are delighted to announce funding support this year from Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). Winston’s Wish, the charity for bereaved children, Tommy’s, the baby charity, and The Who Cares? Trust, a voice for children in care, will all benefit as CIBC’s chosen charities for the year.

CIBC established their Children’s Foundation in 1984 in order to raise much needed funds for children’s charities worldwide. The CIBC Children’s Foundation in London was established 10 years later and became a registered charity in July 2004. The foundation works closely with the chosen charities to make a difference to children.  Since 1994, the London CIBC Children’s Foundation has raised more than £5 million for children’s charities in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Winston’s Wish, Tommy’s and The Who Cares? Trust have been chosen as the selected charities for the next year, with various events organized throughout the year taking place to fundraise for the charities.

The main fundraising event is the CIBC Miracle Day, which takes place on the 7th of December 2016. CIBC’s institutional sales and trading staff all donate their fees and commissions earned on that day to the Children’s Foundation. Other fundraising events include a Golf Day at St. George’s Golf Club in Surrey in September.

CIBC’s Children’s Foundation hopes to make an impact beyond fundraising for the chosen charities, with harnessing the goodwill of clients, staff and suppliers key to these efforts. They also hope to encourage employees to volunteer and raise the quality of life for children in the community.

“Our focus on helping children in need is ingrained in our culture at CIBC,” said Kevin Li, managing director and head of CIBC in Europe.  “We are committed to making a difference in our communities, and are proud of our creative, employee-driven fundraising efforts that help make a difference in the lives of children”.

Fergus Crow, CEO of Winston’s Wish, added:

“We’re absolutely delighted that we have been chosen as one of three charities of the year by the CIBC and are so grateful for their support for the forthcoming year. The funding support will enable us to continue supporting over 40,000 bereaved children every year through specialist individual support, group support, a helpline, our publications and more.

It’s also great for us to connect with Tommy’s and The Who Cares? Trust, who are both doing fantastic work with children. We’re excited for the year ahead.”

Jane Brewin, Chief Executive of Tommy’s, said:

“We are delighted that CIBC shares our passion to support all pregnant women in the UK, improving pregnancy outcomes and giving babies the very best chance of survival and healthy lives. Being born too soon is the single biggest cause of neurological disability and can make the biggest difference to children’s life outcomes.

The money raised by CIBC Children’s Foundation will directly fund vital equipment and midwifery care in our clinics at St Thomas’ Hospital working to reduce pre-term birth. This means CIBC’s funds will help around 2,000 babies in London at risk of being born too soon, to start life healthy and free from all the lifelong problems associated with premature birth.

We are thrilled to be chosen by CIBC as a beneficiary in 2016 and are very excited about the year ahead.”

Natasha Finlayson, Chief Executive of The Who Cares? Trust, said:

“We are over the moon to have been selected as one of the CIBC Children’s Foundation charities for 2016, particularly in the company of such outstanding organisations as Winston’s Wish and Tommy’s.

At The Who Cares? Trust, we work with children and young people growing up in the care system. These are young people who have been taken away from their families to keep them safe; young people whose childhoods have been disrupted and who are often traumatised by their experiences. Thanks to CIBC’s support, we will be able to continue our direct work, helping young people to build lasting relationships and develop the practical skills and self-confidence to become the adults they want to be.”

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