The Costain Charitable Foundation

Costain raises over £1 million in 2015

Costain 150 Challenge

Costain, the engineering solutions provider, has beaten its ‘150 Challenge’ fundraising target, to raise £1 million in 2015.

The Company raised an amazing £1,137,350 for the Costain Charitable Foundation’s four chosen charities – the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Macmillan Cancer Support, youth charity The Prince’s Trust and Samaritans. Combined with the amount raised by Costain’s employees and supporters, the Company also made a contribution of £500,000.

The 150 Challenge commemorates Costain’s 150th anniversary. Since starting the challenge in January 2015, thousands of people - including employees, family, friends and members of the supply chain - have taken part in the year-long fundraising event.

“Across the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, Costain’s people have walked, ran, swam, cycled, climbed, washed, sung, rallied, baked, skydived, and much more besides, to raise money for the Company’s four charitable causes,” said Thomas Cleary, the Project Manager for the Costain 150 Challenge.

Catherine Warbrick, Costain’s Corporate Responsibility and Investor Relations Director, added: “Thank you to everyone who devoted their time, energy and enthusiasm to the 150 Challenge, it’s a fantastic achievement and will make such a difference to the charities.”

This was confirmed by the four chosen charities, which applauded the efforts of everyone involved:

Sarah Pettit from the British Heart Foundation said: “The Costain 150 Challenge has been inspirational. On behalf of the British Heart Foundation, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved for raising such a fantastic amount, which will help us continue to fund lifesaving research and make a better future for those living with heart disease.”

Rhys Parker from Macmillan Cancer Support said Costain had gone above and beyond to ensure a very challenging target was achieved.

“Everyone associated with the Challenge should feel extremely proud of their achievements. The money raised will go towards helping ensure no one faces cancer alone. On behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, thank you very much,” said Rhys.

Deji Akande expressed his thanks on behalf of The Prince’s Trust.

“A big thank you to everyone at Costain for your incredible effort this year. The funds you have raised will help The Prince’s Trust change the lives of hundreds of young people across the UK,” said Deji.

Meanwhile James Woodcock from Samaritans said: “A huge thank you to Costain and everyone involved in the Costain 150 Challenge! What you have achieved will help ensure Samaritans are there for anyone who is struggling and needs a safe space to talk, in confidence, about whatever’s getting to them.”


Costain employees presenting the British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Prince's Trust and Samaritans with a cheque for over £1m

How to apply to become our 2018 charity partner

The application window for sponsorship from the Costain Charitable Foundation in 2018 opens on 03 July 2017 and will close on 15 September 2017. Applications before or after this date will not be considered.

How to apply

The Costain Charitable Foundation only funds registered charities or activities with clearly defined charitable purposes. The Costain Charitable Foundation will support charities on an annual basis and the selection will be made by the board of trustees and the staff of Costain Group PLC. The selection criteria are aligned strategically to the Costain Group PLC’s code of ethics and corporate governance.

To be considered as one of the Foundation’s sponsored charities the following requirements must be satisfied:

  • All recipients of the Foundation must be designated or registered as a charity or non-profit organisation; and are
    • Not involved in the abuse of human rights.
    • Do not have employment policies or practices that discriminate on grounds of race, creed, sexual orientation, religion, gender, disability or age.
    • Do not discriminate unfairly in the allocation of their support according to race, creed, sexual orientation, religion, gender, disability or age.
    • Are not directly involved in gambling, recreational or illegal drugs, tobacco, armaments or alcohol (with the exception of those charities and organisations specifically dedicated to tackling addiction or drug abuse).
    • Do not cause harm to animals for the purposes of either sport or entertainment.
    • Do not have, as their main purpose, the dissemination of political or religious information and do not otherwise use their charitable work to encourage support for political or religious causes.
    • Do not have activities which involve significant damage to the environment.
    • Fully disclose all relevant corporate and personal conflicts of interest.
  • The Costain Charitable Foundation’s preference is to only support charities and other non-profit organisations that have long-term goals and objectives.

Suitable applications to the Costain Charitable Foundation should be sent by post to Catherine Warbrick, The Costain Charitable Foundation, Costain House, Vanwall Business Park, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 4UB with a description (strictly no more than two pages please) of the charity, covering:

  • The organisation – explaining its charitable aims and objectives, and giving its most recent annual income and expenditure, and current financial position. Please do not send a full set of accounts.
  • The project requiring funding – why it is needed, who will benefit and in what way.

Please do not send more than one application. There is no need to send supporting books, brochures, DVDs, annual reports or accounts.

If your proposal is shortlisted, you will hear from us within eight weeks of the application deadline. Applicants who do not hear from us within this time must assume they have been unsuccessful.



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