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Zedra provides invaluable community support in 2021

Tuesday 21 December in Business

From a series of daily activities designed to promote wellbeing to a gala show at the Gaiety Theatre, a fundraising ball and a festive trip to the cinema, it’s been another busy year for ZEDRA Isle of Man.

During 2021, the leading financial services firm has supported a wide array of charitable and community projects and initiatives for groups, as well as its own staff.

Based in Upper Church Street in Douglas, the Company began the year by being named Isle of Man Trust Company of the Year at the prestigious Citywealth International Financial Centre Awards.

The results were announced at an online virtual ceremony in London as the specialist in trust, corporate and fund services was officially recognised as one of the leading players in the industry.

Since then, it has continued to excel both professionally and through its CSR (Corporate, Social Responsibility) programme.

In May, a range of daily activities were arranged for staff as part of the firm’s inaugural Wellness Week.

The action-packed schedule highlighted the importance of work/life balance, nutrition, physical activity and wellbeing with sessions including visits from a mental health charity, hypnotherapy and performance coaching, mindfulness, and physiotherapy aimed at looking after your body in the workplace alongside private triage sessions.

These were all washed down with daily health ‘wellness shots’ – creative juices to kickstart a healthy regime.

During the summer, ZEDRA sponsored the Young Citizen Award at the Extraordinary Islanders ceremony which recognised the selfless actions of individuals and uplifting contributions to society by local groups and businesses, particularly at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

ZEDRA was so impressed with the quality of entries in its category that, in addition to supporting the prize for the overall winner, the company awarded additional prizes to Crossroads – the charity which runs a day service for older people and adults with care needs, as well as young carers Island wide.

A gala night at the Gaiety Theatre in August, again sponsored by ZEDRA, saw professionally trained singer Alexandra Slater and friends join forces for The Greatest Variety Show, a sell-out event which raised £6,954 for Hospice Isle of Man.

ZEDRA’s ongoing support for the Manx Breast Cancer Support Group stretched far and wide during the year with the sponsorship of a fundraising ball and a Ladies Night, along with an in-house bake sale and tombola ticket sale which collectively raised over £43,750 for the cause.

The year drew to a close with an almost forgotten Christmas tradition being relaunched as ZEDRA teamed up with the Isle of Man Constabulary and radio station 3FM to resurrect the festive 'Police Treat' as hundreds of school children headed to the cinema to watch a classic movie and enjoy seasonal treats.

ZEDRA staff also supported a local Christmas present appeal, buying toys and donating cash to help make sure youngsters across the Island receive a gift from Santa this year.

Other initiatives supported during the year included the Isle of Man Foodbank, which has seen a demand for its services due to the effect of Covid-19 and lockdown; Gorge Walking – which involves climbing waterfalls and swimming across ponds while negotiating your way up a riverbed – with the Isle of Man Children’s Centre; and becoming a Gold member of the Isle of Man Woodland Trust which maintains, protects and expands Manx forests. In 2022, staff aim to plant 300 trees to further their work.

The Zedra Group, which employs more than 630 people across 15 jurisdictions, including 80 at its Douglas office, also showcased the experience and diversity of its team in 2021 by making eight promotions, five at a senior level, in its Isle of Man office.

Managing Director, Joanna Bodell, said: ‘Supporting the Island community is something that is very close to our hearts and this year just goes to show how ZEDRA plays its part in Island life.

‘With the pandemic hitting the world hard, it has never been more important to consider our mental health, as well as physical health and wellbeing, which is why we support our staff who constantly deliver the very highest level of service.

‘But there is also a synergy in that, across our Island, there are many dedicated individuals who we are keen to back. Whether that be supporting musical theatre or helping raise funds towards building and equipping the state-of-the-art breast unit at Noble’s Hospital, there are a number of invaluable causes.

‘The role we play supporting individuals, organisations and events is both diverse and great for team spirit and we look forward to continuing our community support in 2022.’

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