Britain’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell and co-hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly gathered at ICAP’s London headquarters for the broker’s 30th annual charity day to raise money for charities around the world on Wednesday.
For an entire day, the brokerage company donates 100% of its income and brokers’ commission to charity. Now in its 30th year, the charity day has raised over £155million for over 1,700 charities around the world.
McPartlin and Donnelly, who are goodwill ambassadors for The Prince’s Trust, and Cowell, who is vice-chairman of the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices charity, were pictured smiling and laughing after passing each other then that they were visiting the ICAP trading floor on Wednesday.
The trio were spotted picking up the phones as they helped brokers secure deals with clients, in which all proceeds will go to their respective charities.
Other famous faces on the day included Barbara Windsor’s husband Scott Mitchell and TV presenter Gaby Roslin supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK, comedian Keith Lemon representing Shooting Star Children’s Hospice and former British boxer David Haye for Prostate Cancer UK.
This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby, Countdown’s Rachel Riley, actor Will Poulter and model Abbey Clancy were also spotted picking up the phone on charity day.
The Prince of Wales was among those who congratulated ICAP on its landmark charity day anniversary and for including the charity The Passage, of which he is a patron, as one of the charities it supports.
In a post on Twitter, Prince William said; “As patron of The Passage, I have seen firsthand the vital work they do to support homeless people on the streets. This is a mission that has never been more important, which is why I am so grateful to ICAP for supporting The Passage in this 30th year of charity day.
“Since 1993, ICAP Charity Day has raised over £155million for thousands of amazing causes around the world and supported millions of people. It’s a legacy that we can be proud of and that continues to this day.
Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman, who is an ambassador for domestic violence charity Refuge, also presented a short video about the charity day which was shared on Twitter.
She said: “I want to start by saying a huge thank you for choosing to support Refuge for the third consecutive and even more exciting year, by including Refuge in your 30th ICAP Charity Day. What a milestone! The money generated from this amazing day of fundraising will impact so many people who need the life-saving support and services of charities like Refuge.
Nicolas Breteau, Managing Director of ICAP, said: “As this is the historic 30th year of ICAP Charity Day, we are delighted to support thirty charities in the UK and many more. others around the world.
“We know the charitable sector continues to face significant fundraising challenges, we hope the money we raise will help these wonderful causes continue their invaluable work.
“For our part, we love ICAP Charity Day. Thanks to our brokers, customers, suppliers and charity partners, it has become an iconic event that has directly benefited millions of people around the world, which is a source of great pleasure and pride for all members of our office.
Last year, more than 100 different charities benefited, with children and young people being the most supported group, followed by health issues or social disadvantage, organizers said.