Thames River Capital and one of its founders, Charlie Porter, have each pledged £50,000 over three years to support a charity that is cleaning up the River Thames.
The charity, Thames21, already collects 600 tonnes of rubbish a year, ranging from fridges and supermarket trolleys to guns, from the river.
Thames21 has been operating for a decade to fill a gap whereby no single organisation or Government controlled-body has responsibility for cleaning the waterways of the UK, including the Thames.
The charity was initially formed with the support of the Port of London Authority, and has now established a corporate membership scheme, Thamesis, to develop its work. Membership starts at £1,000 annually rising to £10,000 and Thames River Capital and Porter launched the corporate fundraising effort at the House of Lords recently.
Porter said: “When we were starting the company a decade ago we looked for a name which represents what we were doing and the importance of London, and we stole our name from this great river.
“If you look at the long history of the Thames it has been integral to the economic development of the capital and London. London is now the financial capital of the world and in 2007 contributed half of the £6trn of equity raised across the whole of Europe.
“We at Thames River Capital are happy to support this charity for the next three years and give something back to the river which has given so much to us and the City.”
Contact:020 7248 7171 www.thames21.org.uk
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