"Welcome to the Zurich Community Trust's (ZCT) 'Twelve Days of Christmas!'. Created originally for Zurich's employees in the UK, we thought it would be good to also share our countdown more widely with you, our charity partners and supporters. Each day we'll bring you just some of the stories of the difference made through our grantmaking and the fabulous donation of time, money and skills by Zurich employees.
We have also worked with Zurich's Corporate Responsibility team to include some recent snippets which, though they fall outside ZCT's remit, show how Zurich the business brings corporate responsibility to life...
Thanks to a combination of funding and time from both the Zurich business and Zurich employees, and through a broad spectrum of grant-making programmes, ZCT is able to improve the quality of life of over 100,000 disadvantaged people every year. Disadvantage takes many forms - from the isolation of an older person whose only company is the TV, to a young person struggling with a mental health issue, to a child in Guatemala abandoned by the authorities and living out on the streets... the issues are many and varied, as are the ways we give support.
None of this would be possible without the hard work and commitment of our inspirational charity partners across the UK and overseas who ensure the grants we award, and the volunteering we provide, have the greatest impact possible on others' lives. You truly do make a difference 365 days a year...
So as 2015 draws to a close, please count down with us and feel proud of the part you play. Thank you all for your fantastic support through this year and have a wonderful, peaceful Christmas. See you in 2016!"
Tim Culling, Chair of Zurich Community Trust (UK) Ltd
Pam Webb, Head of Zurich Community Trust (UK) Ltd
Click on the stars - today Monday 21 December - is Day 10!