The work of the Capsicum Re Foundation in supporting Stacey’s Smiles was and remains to be fantastic, we are so grateful for their efforts. They ensured we had sufficient funding to support families staying at our holiday home, giving them precious time together away from the hospital.
    Steve Nash, Fundraiser, Stacey’s Smiles
    We feel incredibly privileged to have worked with Capsicum Re, who raised a phenomenal amount to help us build a vocational school. With 25% of the population living below the poverty line, the school gives disadvantaged youngsters the chance to learn a trade and secure employment.
    Gina Parker, Co-Founder and Trustee, Nepal Youth Foundation
    The new garden is simply wonderful. We are delighted to provide a sanctuary where our children and families can create lasting memories. They can explore nature in such an uplifting space in which the variety of sensory elements offer life-limited children a connection to the world around them.
    Chris Baker, Richard House Children’s Hospice Chief Executive

    Capsicum Re Foundation

    Our Foundation was born in 2016, out of a need to look at things differently and consider the impact that we as a business have on society, to stop and remember the bigger picture.

    The world we work in is fast-paced and can be all consuming but the one constant is the social responsibility businesses have: to give back, to go beyond profit and loss and to strive to have a positive impact on wider social issues whether through financial donations or volunteering time and resources.

    Within our first three years, our team has run ultra-marathons, climbed mountains, volunteered at hospices, planted a sensory garden and even built a school, while raising over £500,000 through donations and sponsorships

    Who we’ve helped

    Vision & Values

    The cornerstone of the Foundation is to move the dial; we focus on smaller charities for whom our involvement can make a profound difference. We wanted to give our employees the opportunity to give something back, both to their own personal causes through matching their sponsorship efforts, and by choosing a small number of causes that we feel we could make a difference to.

    Photos from our events

    Horatio’s Garden

    Horatio’s Garden is a national charity creating beautiful gardens in NHS spinal injury centres to support everyone affected by spinal injury. They grow thriving communities to support patients, their families and friends who face long stays in hospital. The charity is named after Horatio Chapple, who had the original idea of creating a garden away from the wards for patients and their families. The charity has recently started building their fifth project at the London Spinal Injury Centre at Stanmore.

    Freddie Scarratt, an Account Executive in our Mortgage Indemnity Reinsurance team, initial involvement with the charity was a means of channelling his grief, as Horatio was one of his closest friends. Since then, his involvement has increased to helping lead the fundraising for supporters in their 20’s and 30’s, including partnering with the Capsicum Re Foundation.

    Freddie helped create the role of ‘Horatio’s Friends’, to keep Horatio’s memory alive via his friends. This has now developed into a Horatio’s Friend board who fundraise via activities aimed at Horatio’s age group.

    Stacey’s Smiles

    Shortly after its inception on 2016, the Capsicum Re Foundation’s first venture was a donation of £20,000 to Stacey’s Smiles, a charity established to promote awareness of the childhood cancer, neuroblastoma. Stacey’s Smiles was set up by parents of the late Stacey Mowle who sadly lost her battle with neuroblastoma in 2015, at the age of just 9. Since then, the charity has striven to create special memories for families affected by neuroblastoma, putting smiles on the faces of children like Stacey.

    From bundles of toys to trips to Legoland, it’s safe to say that Stacey’s Smiles makes a tremendous difference to the lives of terminally ill children across the country. We were honoured to select them as our first beneficiary and felt certain that our support would truly do some good.

    Being our first, this contribution demonstrated to us the magnitude of what the Foundation could achieve, facilitating the granting of wishes for 10 children with neuroblastoma and helping to create special memories for affected families.

    Steve Nash, Fundraiser at Stacey’s Smiles, said: “The work of the Capsicum Re Foundation in supporting Stacey’s Smiles was and remains to be fantastic, and we are so grateful for their kind efforts. They ensured we had sufficient funding to support families staying at our holiday home, giving them precious time together away from the hospital.”

    The Nepal Youth Foundation

    In 2015, Nepal was devastated by a large earthquake which is still causing significant hardship to the country today. Walking around villages in Nepal, large cracks in the infrastructure can still be seen and many houses that were reduced to rubble have not yet been rebuilt. At the time of the disaster, less than 5% of the people and property affected by the natural disaster were insured.

    Capsicum Re is conscious that we must give back in a way that reflects the fundamentals of our business and offers us the opportunity to extend its value. Our business is based on selecting the most profitable risks, and our help should therefore be directed at those unable to effectively access our products in an effort to alleviate their suffering and equip underinsured communities with the tools needed to build their resilience.

    To help meet this challenge, 40 members of the Capsicum Re team completed the ‘Race to the Stones’ endurance event in aid of the Nepal Youth Foundation, a charity established to offer hope and opportunity to Nepal’s most impoverished children. The Nepal Youth Foundation strives to provide every child they support with vital healthcare, education and a safe environment.

    This 100km ultra-marathon certainly put us to the test, but collectively raising an incredible £210,000 made it more than worthwhile. The money raised helped the Nepal Youth Foundation to build a specialist vocational school in Kathmandu, providing local people with training in the skills required to rebuild their country’s crumbling infrastructure. Over time, this will not only help them to get back on their feet while rebuilding their communities, but provide real opportunities to improve the country’s skill base and offer meaningful employment.

    Our work with the Nepal Youth Foundation makes an important internal connection between the people we serve through our insurance and reinsurance business and those for whom such services are out of reach. Over 600 students have now graduated from the OlgaPuri Vocational School, with 95% employability. Members of our team were subsequently invited to Kathmandu to witness first-hand the impact our efforts had made. The money raised by the Capsicum Re Foundation continues to change the lives of many in Nepal for generations to come.

    Gina Parker, Co-Founder and Trustee of the Nepal Youth Foundation, said: “We feel incredibly privileged to have been able to work with Rupert and the Capsicum Re team. They raised a phenomenal amount to help build a vocational school in Nepal by taking part in the extremely tough Race to the Stones challenge. With a youth unemployment rate of 19.2% and 25% of the population living below the poverty line, the school continues to give disadvantaged youngsters the chance to learn a trade, receive on-the-job training and secure employment. The programme is already proving to be a huge success; we have seen that on average that the graduates are earning double the national average income, with many earning even higher. We are incredibly appreciative of Capsicum Re’s support and were thrilled to have the team join us in Nepal to see first-hand where their money had been put to good use. The trip was inspirational and really helped cement in the minds of the incredible Capsicum Re team just how much good work had been achieved and will go on being achieved with the money they raised.”

    You can find out more about our extraordinary visit to Kathmandu here.

    The Not Forgotten Association

    Miss Marta Cunningham founded the Not Forgotten Association in 1920 for the ‘comfort, cheer and entertainment’ of the war wounded. The aims have remained much the same throughout its history but it has adapted to meeting the changing needs of the serving wounded and veterans with disabilities.

    They organize or provide items or facilities for leisure and recreational activities, travel, holidays and outings, combating isolation and loneliness amongst the Armed Forces community.  They do this by delivering high quality and safe recreational and entertainment activities to meet the needs of their beneficiaries.  Providing a caring and personal service which is fully linked in with other recovery pathways and that is underpinned by an ethos where everyone counts and is valued.

    Gregory Flynn undertook a mammoth challenge, cycling with colleague Andy Fone from the Capsicum Re office on Lombard Street, London to Land’s End – covering 320 miles in just two days. He raised over £3,300 in the process, with support from the Capsicum Re Foundation.

    Gregory also entered the Lloyd’s Charitable Awards in 2019, an initiative set up by Lloyd’s of London which awards people the chance to contribute £4,000 to a worthwhile cause. He was one of 30 people who received an award and this donation, together with the £3,300 raised from the cycle ride, will be used to organize leisure and recreational activities for service and ex-service personnel with disabilities.

    British Heart Foundation

    On the 12th March 2018, we sadly lost our colleague and dear friend, Harry Richards.

    At just 32 years of age, Harry passed away suddenly and inexplicably from coronary heart disease. Harry had been part of our team for a wonderful 5 years and was a huge contributor to our business, both at Gallagher and as part of Capsicum Re. We will forever miss his smiling face and his gentle soul.

    In his honour and memory, several members of our team took part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, in order to raise money for Harry’s family’s chosen charity, the British Heart Foundation. The Capsicum Re Foundation matched the team’s sponsorship achievements, raising £35,000 in total.

    Karl Coppack, Fundraising Manager at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Capsicum Re not only raised a staggering £35,000 for the British Heart Foundation in memory of their late colleague, Harry Richards, they did it with tact and sensitivity at a very delicate time for all concerned. The British Heart Foundation relies solely on the generosity of the public and I’ve yet to encounter such a dedicated and kind organisation in all my time here. They have been magnificent from first to last.”

    Alzheimer’s Society

    Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. They campaign for change, to fund research to find a cure and support people living with dementia today. Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer. Someone develops it every three minutes and there’s currently no cure. The Alzheimer’s Society is calling on everyone to unite; to work together to achieve their vision of a world without dementia.

    In September 2019 Andy Fone undertook a mammoth challenge, cycling with colleague Gregory Flynn from the Capsicum Re office on Lombard Street in London to Land’s End – covering 320 miles in just two days. He raised over £3,000 in the process and this was matched by the Foundation.

    Royal Marsden Hospital

    One of our most recent ventures was the Capsicum Re Foundation Speed Project (#CRFSP), an endeavour that challenged staff to jointly run, walk, cycle or row 8500km in just one month. This is the equivalent distance of travelling between our offices in Lombard Street in London, Front Street in Bermuda, Park Avenue in New York and Brickell Avenue in Miami.

    Just a few weeks into the month-long challenge, we smashed through our target of 8500km and extended it to 11,000km to encompass our offices in Rio de Janeiro and Santiago. Our achievement is testament to the hard work of our employees. During the course of the Speed Project, 18 team members participated in the British Heart Foundation’s Tower of London Run. A team of five employees competed in the Race to the Tower double marathon. Several team members travelled to South Devon to complete a 10k walk across the challenging countryside terrain. Capsicum Re Partner, Ian Gibbard, cycled to Paris, while other employees also cycled incredible distances, raising a tremendous amount of money in the process.

    Our Speed Project had a special focus on Harry’s Giant Pledge, a campaign established by parents of five-year-old Harry Shaw who suffered with Ewing’s Sarcoma – a rare bone cancer. A group of employees used the impetus of the Speed Project to complete a half marathon to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which funds research into Ewing’s Sarcoma. The Foundation matched their fundraising, donating £20,000 to the cause.

    By the end of the Speed Project, the Capsicum Re team collaboratively travelled 15,737km, almost double the original target, and raised over £68,000.

    Regarding Capsicum Re’s efforts to support Harry’s Giant Pledge, Martin Hall, Senior New Partnership Manager at The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, said: “On behalf of everyone at The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, I’d like to express our sincerest thanks to the Capsicum Re Foundation for their sponsored half marathon in support of Harry’s Giant Pledge. It was an absolute pleasure to welcome the team to The Royal Marsden Hospital to thank them in all in person. We are incredibly grateful for their support.”