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Top 10 Most Generous Britains April 23, 2010

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Mention the term ‘hedge fund trader’ and everybody bristles.

Greedy.  Immoral.  Money-grubbing gits.

But did you know that a certain hedge fund trader has also been rated as the most generous, charity-giving person in Britain?

Step forward Christopher Coopher-Hohn.

This guy has topped the Giving List for the last three years running – and with good reason.  He’s donated a whopping £531.2 million to the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the charity he and his wife help run.  That means he’s donated more than six times his personal wealth to a good cause!

The news comes around as The Sunday Times reveals its Top 10 Most Generous Britains.

The paper ranks the rich on the proportion of their total wealth given to charitable causes in one year, rather than looking solely at the size of donation.  And it’s packed with surprises!

Did you know that the guy behind Kwik Save, Albert Gubay, has donated 470m to charity?

Did you also know that Uma Thurman and her husband Arpad Busson are fifth in the list, having given £65.1 million to helping poor and abused children?

The list in full is as follows:

  1. Christopher Cooper-Hohn
  2. Albert Gubay
  3. Bart Becht
  4. Anurag Dikshit
  5. Arpad Busson & Uma Thurman
  6. Lord Sainsbury
  7. Johan Eliasch
  8. Sir Terence Conran
  9. Sir Elton John
  10. Bob Edmiston

Good going, guys!  Keep up the good work!

You can check out the full breakdown here.

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HSBC Boss Gives Four Million To Charity March 2, 2010

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These days, it’s not often you hear a positive news story involving the salaries of British bankers.

But Michael Geoghegan, the chief executive of HSBC, has bucked the trend with the announcement that he will be donating his bonus of approximately four million pounds to children’s charities.

Of course, you could argue it’s just a big PR stunt.  Many bank bosses have given up their rights to bonuses this year, to appease public anger over government bailouts during the recession.  But even if it is just for the sake of publicity, there are going to be a lot of happy kids thanks to Mr Geoghegan.  And that ain’t bad.

The Million Pound Date February 22, 2010

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When Lisa Connell was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, it would have been easy for her to become depressed and give up.  Instead, she set herself the task of raising one million pounds for charity before she died.

The 30 year old, from north London, doesn’t know if she has days, weeks, or decades to live, but that didn’t stop her doing a 10K run and going on numerous ‘rent-a-dates’ to raise funds.  She has currently raised over £18,500.

Miss Connell says: “I have been making it my personal goal to create awareness of Brain Cancer.  I have been working very closely with many brain cancer charities in helping to raise both awareness and funds for the cause and I will continue to do so for as long as I shall live.”

To donate to brainstrust.org, you can do so here.

Google And Wiki BFF February 18, 2010

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The internet can be a very ferocious place.  Websites can flourish just as rapidly as they die (we’re looking at you, Myspace), and it can generate a dog-eat-dog mentality amongst competitors.

… Which is why BWT was so pleased to see that search giant Google has reached into its wallet and given two million dollars towards the running of Wikipedia.  Pretty nice of them, no?  Especially when you consider Google launched its own “Wikipedia-killer” just a year and a half ago.  Guess they cut their loses and decided to make friends.

Well done, Google!  What’s the chances of Twitter sending Facebook a bouquet of roses?  C’mon people, we can make it happen!

Seven Year Old Raises £96,000 for Haiti January 25, 2010

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When seven year old Charlie Simpson, from London, decided to raise a bit of cash for the Haiti quake relief effort, he had little idea just how successful he’d prove to be.

Charlie, aiming to complete a sponsored five mile cycle around his local park, posted his fundraising appeal on the JustGiving website.  He hoped he would raise around £500.  However, people were so touched by his determination to help out, he ended up raising a whopping £96,000.

David Bull, Unicef’s UK executive director, described Charlie’s act of kindness as a “little seed” which had rapidly grown into something much bigger.

“This is a very bold and innovative gesture by Charlie that shows he connects with and not only understands what children his own age must be going through in Haiti, but is also wise enough to know that he can help them,” he said.

“The little seed – his idea – that he has planted has grown rapidly and his is a place well-deserved in the humanitarian world.

“On behalf of the many children in Haiti, I thank Charlie for his effort.”

Aww!

The fundraising total is still climbing, so if you want to show Charlie some support, you can do so by donating via his JustGiving page here.

[EDIT: One hour after posting, the little guy just broke £100,000!  Go Charlie!]