Everyone who works at Dale is encouraged to give something back to our industry, our local communities and wider society. In doing so, our aim is to help improve the world in which we live and inspire people to lead secure, sustainable and fulfilling lives.

As well as providing opportunities for colleagues to share their skills, experience and time through the various activities of our Charity Committee, many of our staff are also personally involved with other causes that are close to their hearts. One such cause is the Jenna Wilkins Foundation which is supported by our Senior Receptionist and Office Assistant Katie Clarke. Katie not only gets involved with a range of regular fundraising activities for the Foundation but also sits on its committee, helping to guide its work in supporting those undergoing cancer treatment and enabling students with special educational needs to achieve their full potential.

Katie’s work was recognised at the 2021 Lloyd’s Market Charity Awards, an event that has awarded £1.5m to various charities supported by nearly 400 people across the Lloyd’s market over the last eleven years. In September, after reviewing applications from across the market, the Lloyd’s Charity Trust donated £4,000 to the Jenna Wilkins Foundation. The funds will be used to provide SEN equipment to schools in the Essex area and for the ongoing maintenance of ‘Jenna’s Garden’ at West Hatch Primary School, a place where children can go to feel a sense of calm and wellbeing. Funds will also be used to provide cancer patients with pamper packs to make their journey that little bit easier.

After receiving the award Katie said:

“Jenna was a close friend who sadly passed away from Cancer last year and the Foundation was set up in her name by her family. Like a lot of charities, Covid-19 has meant we’ve not been able to fundraise in the way we normally would have. I am therefore hugely grateful to Lloyd’s for not only recognising how wonderful our Jenna is and all that she stands for, but also for their generous donation which allows us to continue the important work that the foundation does in her name.”

The awards were presented by Lloyd’s CEO, John Neal, who said:

“After a challenging eighteen months apart, it’s a privilege to come together and learn about the causes, initiatives and projects that our people are so passionate about. Each one of the organisations receiving an award give vital support to so many across our communities, and I’m incredibly proud that Lloyd’s can support their invaluable work.”

For further information please visit:

Jenna Wilkins Foundation: https://thejennawilkinsfoundation.com

Lloyd’s Charities Trust: https://www.lloyds.com/about-lloyds/responsible-business/community/charities-trust