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HL Foundation

Investing in a better future

The HL Foundation is an exciting initiative which should help us make a real difference"

Chris Hill, Chief Executive

The Hargreaves Lansdown Charitable Foundation is the charitable arm of Hargreaves Lansdown. Our mission is to utilise the skills and time of our workforce and partners to make a positive, sustainable difference in the world around us.

We focus on four pillars: The next generation, local communities, health & wellbeing, and improving lives. Each year we will select charities corresponding to these pillars which we will support through a range of fundraising events. The charities are nominated and selected by employees; the foundation is not open to requests for support on any other basis.

Around 180,000 people with sight loss are living in isolation because the simple act of leaving home presents an insurmountable challenge.

Guide Dogs work with blind or partially sighted people to help them live independently, enabling them to go to the shops, visit friends or simply walk outside. Guide Dogs are transforming lives like Hilda’s:

Having a guide dog has given me back my dignity, my reason to live. Until I had Isla I was ignored, had been attacked and was too frightened to leave the house. Now I feel like a human being again.”

Hilda Winters, 89-year-old guide dog owner

In addition to breeding and training 1,300 puppies each year Guide Dogs support independent living initiatives, scientific research and campaign for the rights of visually-impaired people.

Supporting Guide Dogs will enable people with sight loss to live the lives they have the right to expect.

Within five minutes of a call to their base, the GWAAC helicopter is in the air with a highly trained doctor and paramedic on board. No more than 20 minutes later the team are on the ground providing lifesaving care to the patient.

Despite being part of the 999 response service the GWAAC receives no government funding – every single one of the 1,655 life-saving missions flown in 2015 was funded by charitable donations.

Though a quarter of their missions are traffic accidents; the advanced skills of the GWAAC team mean they can also provide emergency clinical care. For example, 9 year-old Owen suffered from a life-threatening asthma attack,

If the paramedic and doctor had not acted so quickly, Owen would not be with us today. I cannot thank everyone enough for saving my son’s life that day.”

Owen’s mum Kate

Supporting Great Western Air Ambulance Charity means they can continue to provide lifesaving emergency care to people who cannot be reached by road, or are in a state so critical they require the teams’ specialist skills at the scene.

Cancer Research UK are the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. They’ve already saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer but they want to do more.

Cancer Research UK are funding research into more than 200 types of cancer, from the most common – such as breast, bowel, lung and prostate cancers – to rare types of tumour and children’s cancers.

New treatments discovered through their research gave Emma a better chance of survival after she was diagnosed with oral cancer aged 24,

It’s amazing what doctors can do and how far we’ve come in treating cancer. And despite how hard my treatment was, I feel lucky to be alive.”

Emma Shanks, mother of two

Cancer Research UK’s efforts are focused on working to help prevent cancer by diagnosing it earlier, developing new treatments and optimising current treatments to make them even more effective. By supporting them we will be funding ground-breaking science that benefits everyone.

743,000 young people in the UK aren’t in jobs, education or training. Some are homeless, battling mental health problems, have become caught up in the criminal justice system or lost hope for the future after a long stretch of unemployment.

The Prince's Trust believes that with the right support, all these young people can find the confidence, strength and skills that will help them realise their potential.

They offer a mix of coaching, group activities and one-to-one guidance as well as courses aimed at building self-belief and developing abilities. Quej went on a one-week course which aims to give young people the skills and confidence to find work. By the end of the week had secured qualifications in football coaching.

For me The Prince's Trust is a life-changer. To get the support you need to overcome all the negativity that happens in life is important.”

Quej Kashilembo, Pride of Britain 2015 finalist

We believe all young people deserve to be nurtured, cared for and given the chance to succeed. Our support for the Prince's Trust will help them to equip young people with the expertise, tools, training and confidence they need to secure the job they want.

Outdoor adventure can have a massive impact on a young person’s life. The positive effects of challenging yourself, learning to trust others and working as part of a team are immeasurable. The young people we work with are unlikely to ever have those opportunities unless Youth Adventure Trust make it possible.

The Youth Adventure Programme is a series of residential adventure camps and day activities over three years, where 240 young people each year build self-esteem and learn about working in a team by taking part in a range of fun activities.

Many children, like Jade have had their lives transformed by the programme:

This course taught me that the decisions I was making at the time would affect me for the rest of my life. Now at the age of 16 years I am looking to pass all of my GCSE’s go to college and also be the first in my family to attend university.”

Jade, Youth Adventure Programme participant

Our support for the Youth Adventure Trust will help them to provide more young people, like Jade, with life changing opportunities.


HL Foundation is a registered charity in England and Wales (1167927)