2018 Chairman's community awards

Sir John Kingman, Chairman, hosts the ‘Community Awards’ each year, recognising the amazing achievements of our employees. There are a number of charity categories including fundraisers, charity ambassadors, inspiring the young people and community spirit.

Each year we ask our employees to nominate colleagues who volunteer their own time to raise funds, take on community projects or produce continuous acts of random kindness. It’s amazing to discover what employees do in their spare time.

We are continuously blown away by the commitment shown by our staff, with many individuals overcoming personal hardship. Everyone who contributes to charitable organisations and their community is a huge source of inspiration that personifies our commitment to building a better society.

When the nomination process has closed, we invite employees to join the chairman and the rest of the group board for a celebratory lunch with an awards ceremony.

Congratulations to our winners!

Helping Hands

Reggie Nelson

Born and raised on a council estate in north Woolwich, east London, Reggie was excluded from school aged 14, had brushes with the law and knew he was in danger of going down the wrong path.

As a way of proactively seeking guidance, Reggie spent an entire day knocking on the front doors of some of the UK’s richest individuals. Hours after repeating the same phrase Reggie got his break. Reggie mentors young teenagers at Victory Youth Group in London – the very place he was inspired to take the leap into the corporate world.

Inspiring Young People

Paul Bradford

Paul is currently the Scout Leader for an all-inclusive group made up of 25 boys and girls of all abilities.  He writes and supports the scouting programs, completing the necessary training so to safely complete activities and is qualified in Archery, Tomahawk throwing, Narrowboats and lock usage.

In addition to his volunteer work as a Scout Leader, Paul is also a level 2 inline skating coach and under 10’s Hockey manager.  He designs and runs the weekly training sessions - helping other age groups when necessary.

Charity Fundraiser

Helen Pembridge

When her father was diagnosed with cancer in January 2015, the staff at the Velindre cancer centre treated her father with the utmost respect which allowed him to pass away in a dignified way, in addition to providing outstanding support to her family.

It quickly became apparent that the centre lacked funds, so Helen conducted many fundraising events including a trek around Cambodia which raised over £4,700, with plans for another trek - this time in Vietnam - in 2020.

Helen also volunteers as a counselor at the charity New Pathways - a support service for those who have suffered from sexual abuse.

Charity/Community Champion

Robin Freeman

Robin is actively involved with TAPA, an organisation that offers pre-school education and a safe haven for children who live in Africa's largest slum.

Her adopted TAPA work has now become a family passion, devoted to assisting in providing education to those not so fortunate over the last decade. Last summer they traveled to Kenya to see what small efforts could bring huge opportunities to help lift children out of poverty.

The support that has been provided by Robin has enabled 15 students to take (and pass) their high school entrance exams - giving them an opportunity to continue their education.  

Sir John Kingman

Congratulations to everyone nominated this year - The Board and I are blown away each year at the fantastic work that staff do outside of L&G. The passion and sense of doing the right thing for others is inspiring.

Sir John Kingman, Chairman of Legal & General Group