“We’re back where we belong!” was the message sung loud and clear from Andy Ransom, CEO of Rentokil Initial, on the day the company officially returned to the FTSE100.
To prove that it is possible to do good and do good business, Rentokil Initial marked their return to the FTSE100 by donating £10,000 to the charity Malaria No More. This generous cheque will match the £10,000 also donated today by Lex Autolease, a supplier to Rentokil for nearly 10 years.
To date, Rentokil Initial has raised £150,000 for Malaria No More.
Malaria No More
James Whiting of Malaria No More UK and Charlie Webster, a television presenter and recently appointed special ambassador for Malaria No More, were also present at the event in Rentokil Initial’s Head Office in Camberley to mark the occasion. The charity has personal significance for Miss Webster, a malaria survivor.
Miss Webster hit the headlines in 2016 after contracting malaria during a charity cycle ride and nearly died. She was struck down with the deadly mosquito-borne disease following a 3,000 mile charity bike ride from the UK to Rio in time for the start of last year’s Olympic Games. She was placed in a medically induced coma on life support suffering complete organ failure and her chances of survival looked very slim.
Four months on from the start of her ordeal, Malaria No More announced the broadcaster as their newest Special Ambassdor. Other well-known supporters of this charity include tennis player and Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray, and David Beckham.
Supporting Malaria No More
Rentokil Initial has actively supported the charity Malaria No More since 2011. The charity supports projects to fight malaria in countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Botswana, Namibia and Kenya.
Colleagues have raised funds through various activities including bike rides, mountain climbs, wearing onesies to work and cake bakes. A UK schools tour travelled 2,298 miles, raising a pound for every mile and reached out to over 5,000 children in 33 schools.