Corporate Social Responsibility
Having worked with a vast array of charitable organisations, The Motivational Speakers Agency has been able to continually develop its efforts in the area of corporate social responsibility. Since its inception, our agency has been able to play an important role in supporting numerous charities, having raised in excess of £2.8 million to date.
The list of charities we’ve been able to support is both extensive and diverse. Midlands-based children’s hospice Rainbows has continued to be one of our main benefactors.Providing valuable support to life-limited children and their families, Rainbows’ plays a crucial role in creating happy memories for those in need.
In recognition of their incredible work, we’re proud to be able to organise the annual Rainbows Charity Ball, a high-profile fundraising event that makes a valuable contribution to Rainbows’ charitable activities. The occasion marks the biggest charity event on our calendar, bringing together numerous celebrities from the worlds of business, sports and entertainment. In the past, the event has featured appearances from the likes of Mark Dolan and Graham Bell. Over the past several years, our team has been able to raise more than £1.5 million in aid of the Rainbows cause.
Relying on our collaborations with many of the country’s best-known motivational speakers, The Motivational Speakers Agency has continued to support a vast array of other charities. Having supported organisations such as Great Ormond Street, Giving Africa, Brainwave, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the PCA Benevolent Fund and Cure Leukaemia, we’re proud to have been able to create a positive impact on the community. On a local level, our work has helped to support the technical facilities of Costock Primary School, as well as providing opportunities to young people in the form of work experience placements and apprenticeships.
Throughout the year, The Motivational Speakers Agency plays an important role in organising a variety of notable charity events. The Authors XI vs. The Lord’s Taverners XI – a charity cricket event that sees various celebrity and sport speakers battle it out in a game of cricket – is just one of our many notable occasions. Having featured the likes of Matthew Hoggard MBE and Neil Back MBE, the event helps to significantly raise the profile of The Lord’s Taverners – the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity.
As a specialist speakers agency, our work with the country’s top motivational speakers has helped us bring public attention to charitable causes across the United Kingdom. Having organised a variety of charity events including the Annual Cricket Dinner, The Farmfoods British Par 3 and the Tony Jacklin CBE Belfry Charity Invitational, The Motivational Speakers Agency is set to further expand its charity work in the years to come.
“Champions have been the largest, and longest standing, supporters of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People for well over a decade. In this time, they have raised more than £1.5m to fund our work and in the process putting on countless events, securing hundreds of media and press articles to promote the hospice and introducing us to many more supporters.
Champions are a family business, in every sense possible. Founded by dad and CEO John, the Hayes family are the most talented and hard working group of people you could hope to meet. Their ethos of doing business the right way can go some way to explain why they’ve dedicated themselves to raising money for Rainbows. However, it’s the thought of supporting other families, families who are faced with the unbelievable prospect of losing a child to a terminal illness that spurs them on. John himself has suffered the pain of losing his sister Jane to a life-limiting illness and he experienced the strain this put on his parents and their relationship with him and others in the family. By supporting Rainbows, John knows that he is directly helping other families faced with a similar situation will get the care they need, when they need it.
Each year, Champions create a programme of high profile events that are either in aid of Rainbows or that include some fundraising elements on behalf of the charity. In recent years these have included an annual gala ball at the Dorchester, cricket and rugby dinners, countless awards evenings and numerous golf events. In 2017, Champions surpassed their previous fundraising targets and raised over £230,000 in a single calendar year.
I have worked for charities for over 18 years and in that time I’ve managed some of the biggest partnerships – including the Tesco Charity of the Year, Morrisons and Microsoft to name a few. However, none of these bigger organisations are able to touch Champions in terms of the commitment the entire business makes to raising money in support of Rainbows or the other charities that benefit from their help. I’m sure it’s a cliché to say Champions by name, champions by nature – but this really is the case for the Hayes family, their colleagues, friends and associates.”
Andrew Ball, Director of Supporter Relations