Fundraising for Mind
In 2019, all colleagues in Allianz UK, Premierline's parent company, voted to partner with Mind, as the corporate charity, with the mission to raise £1 million.
Mind is a charity that provides support services for people living with a mental health condition and anyone who is struggling with their mental health. Demand for their specialist services and helpline increased significantly during the pandemic, as they provided advice on coping in lockdown.
Our colleagues have participated in many fundraising activities, and alongside Allianz employees, as of June 2021, have raised over £800,000 for Mind. Our local fundraising highlights included:
- Premierline vs Allianz charity football match
We played a grudge match between the two Lancaster-based offices on Morecambe FC's infamous turf. Supported by friends and family, the event raised over £1,000.
- Great ABSL Bake Off competition
Running for 7 weeks, Premierline participants baked goodies, including cakes, scones, breads and pastries in a competition to find the best baker. Once judged the bakes were sold to raise funds for Mind.
- Charity Skydive
One of our brave employees took to the skies and completed a tandem skydive by jumping out of a plane at 11,000 feet.
- Challengize exercise challenge
The team at Premierline increased their own physical and mental wellbeing through running, walking, cycling, working out and yoga challenges, but also earned charity points for every activity they logged. The points were converted into monetary amounts and donated to Mind.
Partnership with North West Air Ambulance
Between 2016 and 2018, we fundraised for North West Air Ambulance, as part of Allianz’s 3-year corporate partnership with the Association of Air Ambulance Charity. We were proud to have contributed towards the £1 million raised for the charity which went towards funding additional helicopters so the service could increase the number of life-saving incidents they could attend.
North West Air Ambulance is part of the Air Ambulances UK, providing swift, vital medical treatment at the scene to those who have experienced traumatic, life-threatening injuries. The service isn’t funded at all by the NHS, so relies on charitable donations to keep its services going.
Our local fundraising highlights included:
- The Apprentice-style charity auction
Two Premierline teams competed against each other to source prizes for a charity auction event hosted at Morecambe’s Globe Arena. Attended by colleagues and local businesses, the event raised over £15,000.
- North West Air Ambulance bake offs
The Bake Off is a sure-fire way to raise money at Premierline. Who doesn't love a tasty treat? Again, the event was spread over 7 weeks, and the bakes were sold after they were judged.
- Sponsored challenges
A number of our employees have raised sponsorship by participating in the Manchester 10km runs, Great North Run, Cross Bay Walk, Badass Mucker and an 81-mile bike ride from Walney Island to Glasson Dock (Lancaster).
Not only do we feel a social responsibility to be more sustainable and look after the environment we work and live in, but we’re also playing our part in reducing our carbon footprint and going greener. Here are some of the ways we’re supporting our planet:
Digital by default
It is estimated that every year, 4 billion trees are cut down to make paper. We avoid printing where possible, instead opting for digital methods to cut down on paper usage. We email customers by default and encourage our customers to view their documents through our online portal, rather than request postal packs.
We try and keep waste to a minimum, or ensure as much of it can be recycled as possible. In the office, we’ve installed special bins that separate waste from recyclables and encourage our employees to be mindful too when they are not at work.
Car usage is a key contributor to global warming which is why we encourage our employees to walk or cycle to work if they are local. We offer a cycle to work scheme that provides discounts on cycling equipment. Where driving is the only option, there is a carpooling initiative in place where they are rewarded for being more environmentally friendly.