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Gallagher champions resilience of south-west based charity with 'Tackling Tomorrow. Together' initiative

Gallagher Tackling Tomorrow. Together campaign

Insurance broker, and title partner of Premiership Rugby, Gallagher, has launched a UK-wide initiative - ‘Tackling Tomorrow. Together’ – bringing to life stories of six UK businesses and a charity that have shown resilience, tenacity and pioneering spirit during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To highlight the diversity of challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic, Children’s Hospice South West has been selected to participate in the programme in recognition of their efforts and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Children's Hospice South West is a leading charity caring for children with life-limiting conditions, providing invaluable support for local families over the last 30 years. Respite and short breaks, emergency care, palliative care and end-of-life care is provided through its three hospices in Devon, Somerset and Cornwall. The charity has been paired with Gallagher Premiership clubs Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs as part of the 'Tackling Tomorrow. Together' initiative. 

All three of the hospices remained open during the pandemic for symptom management and end-of-life care, with COVID-19 measures in place. To adapt to more families cancelling respite stays, Children's Hospice South West also made home and virtual visits possible, supporting families however they could. Nurses have adapted their support practice to offer more regular check-in calls with families and home visits, to allow those with caring responsibilities to take a break.

Throughout the pandemic, Gallagher’s Exeter team has continued to provide practical advice and risk management solutions to the hospice, supporting their longstanding client. As a corporate supporter, the Gallagher team also fundraises for and volunteers at the charity’s Exeter shop.

All organisations selected will be partnered with their local Gallagher Premiership Rugby club and given opportunities to promote their business within their local communities with the aim of getting in front of new audiences and potential customers. This includes in-stadia advertising such as big screen promotions and programme adverts, region-specific digital marketing and tickets to host a business networking event when spectators are allowed back into Premiership stadia.

Each organisation will also receive a ‘meet and greet’ session for employees with their local Gallagher Premiership Rugby players. This will all be delivered through Gallagher’s position as title partner of Premiership Rugby. In addition to the rugby-related package, Gallagher will continue to offer specialist broking advice and support to each organisation.

Michael Rea, Chief Executive of Gallagher’s UK Retail Division, commented: 
“As a local insurance broker, Gallagher is working around the clock with UK businesses – large and small – to help them navigate the challenges and evolving risks that have arisen from the tough trading conditions of the past 12 months.
Businesses have been left grappling with lockdowns, changes to their insurance requirements, and understanding new risk exposures, with many being forced to quickly adapt their offering or diversify their business model in response to the pandemic and lockdown restrictions.
It has been incredible to see the optimism and tenacity of some of these businesses and we wanted to take a moment to champion and recognise both the challenges and opportunities presented during an extraordinary period through our ‘Tackling Tomorrow. Together’ initiative.”

Six businesses and one charity will be partnered with Premiership Rugby clubs to promote their businesses over the next twelve months.
•    EcoHydra Technologies (Harlequins F.C. and London Irish)
•    Children's Hospice South West (Bath Rugby & Exeter Chiefs)
•    Made in the Midlands (Worcester Warriors and Wasps RFC)
•    Wynsors World of Shoes (Sale Sharks)
•    Ensafe  (Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers)
•    PECO (Bristol Bears and Gloucester Rugby)
•    Dunes (Newcastle Falcons)

Amanda Gallagher, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser, Children’s Hospice South West, said: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen for support through this campaign.

As we celebrate our 30th year, it's only thanks to generous support from businesses like Gallagher that we can continue to be here, caring for local families who need our support now more than ever.

We have a close working relationship with Gallagher, with their local office based in Exeter, and they have continued to provide us with expert advice and support as we have adapted our methods of care to families across all three hospices.”

To mark the launch of the ‘Tackling Tomorrow. Together’ initiative, Gallagher ambassador and rugby legend Ugo Monye connected with Gallagher broker, Jennifer Clark, to discuss the impact of the global pandemic on local businesses and communities, and how Gallagher has been helping the UK business community to confront these unprecedented times by tackling them head on, together.  

Ugo Moyne, Gallagher ambassador, adds: “COVID-19 has impacted all businesses in one way or another, with many struggling or having to switch how they trade to stay afloat in lockdown. It’s brilliant to see Gallagher using its platform as title partner of Premiership Rugby to shine a light on some of the amazing local businesses up and down the country and hopefully help their businesses grow through these direct links with their local Premiership rugby clubs.  I’m looking forward to meeting them once spectators return to stadiums and encourage everyone to celebrate the sentiment of this initiative and show your support to local businesses where you can!”