We’re encouraging our local business community in the Eastern City to take part in City Giving Day this September. 

The Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman Nicholas Lyons and the Lady Mayoress will join City philanthropists on Tuesday 26 September for City Giving Day.

Now in its 10th year, the annual event hosted by The Lord Mayor’s Appeal brings businesses together to celebrate and promote the positive impact of philanthropy. With a range of activities taking place in and around The City on 26 September and beyond, it gives companies the chance to showcase their charitable and community work – collectively sharing their efforts via the City Giving Day network.

With over 550 Square Mile businesses taking part, City Giving Day 2023 is set to be the biggest yet. Below are some of the highlights taking part in The City between now and 26 September:

City Giving Day Online Auction – from 12 September

New for 2023, the Appeal has partnered with Jumblebee to host a City Giving Day Online Auction. Opening on 12 September and closing at 8pm on City Giving Day, businesses are invited to donate one or more auction lots such as cakes, honey, wine, sports tickets, dining, theatre, concert tickets, sports tickets or anything else you can think of with funds raised from the auction going directly to The Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

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Knit for the Community – from now

Having launched their ‘Knit for the Community’ initiative in 2020 with the aim of creating 20-30 blankets and ending up with over 900, this year The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters are asking City businesses to join in the fun by knitting squares in The Lord Mayor’s Appeal’s pillar colours – yellow, green, blue and red – from now until September. The results will be knitted together into lap blankets and distributed to deserving causes around the City.

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The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors’ Annual Browns Takeover – 26 September

On 26 September, The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors will host their annual takeover of Browns in Old Jewry. From breakfast time to dinner time on City Giving Day, the company invite City workers to book in for breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or just a quick drink to come together – with a percentage of the total spend on the day will be donated to the Appeal. To join, guests simply need to quote ‘City Giving Day’ when booking.

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Music in Offices Big City Sing – 7, 14, 21 and 26 September

Free to join, with the bonus of learning a new skill, another event on the day will be the Big City Sing at the historic Guildhall Yard hosted by wellbeing company, Music in Offices and sponsored by Culture Mile BID (Business Improvement District). Vocal leader, Naveen Arles will be leading voluntary singers through a repertoire of uplifting tunes including ‘Celebrate’, ‘Higher and Higher’ and ‘Bring me Sunshine, giving colleagues the chance to have fun and sing together. Before the performance, Music in Offices will be holding lunchtime rehearsals in the City on the 7, 14 and 21 September. These rehearsals are an opportunity to fine-tune performances, ready for the 26.

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The Lord Mayor’s Appeal also hosts several annual City Giving Day events on 26 September which companies are also welcome to join. These include:

Tour de City – 26 September

Sponsored by EC Business Improvement District and being supported by Third Space, the yearly Tour de City is a high-energy Wattbike challenge! Held at The Leadenhall Building, the challenge is open for teams of maximum five people to take part and compete against other teams in a thrilling 40-minute race which is divided into five 8-minute slots for team members to pedal as fast as they possibly can with the support of their team members. There will be three races taking place on the day – Session 1: 11am – 12 noon; Session 2: 12 noon – 1pm and Session 3: 1pm – 2pm – with a live leaderboard that enables individuals to see how they are doing against their closest rivals. Teams can compete to win “furthest distance cycled by team” and “furthest distance cycled by individual”

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City Walk – 26 September

What could be better than a nice gentle stroll around the City during your lunchbreak? Lasting about an hour, a City of London Guide will take participants through some of the byways of the City telling tales and pointing out myriad points of interest. Whether those taking part want to learn something new about the City or just get outside for a breath of fresh air at lunchtime – it’s the perfect City Giving Day event for those that like a bit of activity with their philanthropy.

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Treasure Hunt – 26 September

Sponsored by The Investment Association, The City Giving Day Treasure Hunt is the perfect way to support the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, build morale and have fun at the same time. Those taking part simply arrive at Mansion House for 4pm, where teams will be given their first clue. Crack it together to find the next prize and finally the treasure. Taking no longer than 45 mins, the first team back is the winner. All participants receive a City Giving Day Treasure Hunt t-shirt, won’t have to walk any further than half a mile and are bound to learn something new about the City. For those unable to pull together a whole team, enter as an individual and you will get to meet some new Square Mile peers!

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Quiz Night – 26 September

Those that would rather use their brains than their brawn will love the City Giving Day Quiz Night. With questions provided by Nick Boardman from QuizNick.com, participants can test their general knowledge alongside colleagues, compete with the sharpest minds in the City, and be in with a chance of being crowned City Giving Day 2023 Quiz Night winners! Held at multiple venues across The City between 6-8pm, this fun-filled event is one of the most popular every year so register now to avoid disappointment!

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Speaking at this year’s City Giving Day launch breakfast at Mansion House, The Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman Nicholas Lyons said, Whether you do something on a grand scale or do it on a small scale, do something. City Giving Day is our opportunity to show the world what we do for the most vulnerable people in our society and shine a spotlight on what the City has always done well but never really talked about.”

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