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Jun

Succession launches ‘founder’s day’ in memory of founder Simon Chamberlain

Succession Group will launch its ‘founder’s day’ on Friday 22 June in memory of its founder Simon Chamberlain (pictured above).
Simon was well known for his clear acquisition strategy which underpinned the significant growth of Succession, and was a regular feature in this newsletter.
Staff at all of firm’s offices will down tools at exactly midday on Friday to formally mark its first Founder’s Day. The day will consist of local charitable events run by employees to remember their founder and former CEO, Simon Chamberlain, who died unexpectedly last year, aged just 51.
Founder’s Day events have been organised by each of Succession’s 13 regional offices, and include activities ranging from 5km runs, BBQs, cake baking sales, and even a concert in Birmingham, which will play host to Local Heroes, comedian, Jasper Carrott, and ELO drummer, Bev Bevan.
Succession Group – the UK’s seventh largest financial services firm – has set aside £20,000 to match all money raised that day. The plan is to meet this target, and make Founder’s Day an annual fixture in its calendar.
The events (see below) have been months in the planning, and coordinated by Succession Giving – Succession Group’s charitable committee. Each regional hub has been given free rein to work with the charities it particularly wants to support in its area.
SuccessionSuccession Giving’s Chair, Mark Rogers (pictured left), said: “Every company has a responsibility to give back to the community it serves and our Founder’s Day events will be doing just this. Cancer Research UK is Succession Group’s main charity until 2020, but we plan to donate half of all funds generated by hub offices to local charities of their choice.”
Edinburgh – Packing and distributing clothing and gift bags for underprivileged and struggling families, in partnership with ‘Kids Love Clothes’
Plymouth/Truro – Local beach clean, in partnership with ‘Surfers Against Sewage’ and Founder’s Day Celebratory Garden Party in honour of Simon Chamberlain
Glasgow – City treasure hunt, concert, golf day, and raffle to win Ed Sheeran tickets
Amersham – Volunteering with elderly/disabled/women’s refuge charities; 5k run; walking treasure hunt; sponsored obstacle course
Rugby – Golf event, with BBQ, raffle, auction, band and party
Salisbury – Sponsored staff tennis tournament
Birmingham – Homeless charity collection; charity World Cup sweep-stake; cake sale; charity concert featuring Jasper Carrott
Chester – Pro-bono debt counselling sessions, plus Race Night at Chester Race Course
Kidderminster – Fundraising canal cleaning operation, in partnership with the local community
Harrogate – BBQ and raffle in support of Saint Michael’s Hospice
Maidenhead – Sponsored Maidenhead-to-Windsor Walk, collecting donations along the way for Alzheimer’s Dementia Support
West Byfleet – Ticketed ‘Afternoon Tea & Games’ event
Sheffield – Footpath maintenance and fence building for local ancient wood, Greno Woods