Neptune Investment Management has received a Child Bereavement UK 21 Champions Award in recognition of their long-term partnership with Child Bereavement UK and their commitment to raising awareness and funds for the charity. We asked Robin Geffen, CEO, about the company’s fundraising and why he chose to support Child Bereavement UK.

1.4i Robin GeffenI set up Neptune in 2002 and today I am a Fund Manager and CEO of the company. Neptune is an independent and privately owned investment management company, built on teamwork and partnership. Our funds can be held within a pension, ISA or simply invested in directly.

We lost our oldest son Edward in 2000 and benefited from the extraordinary support of the Charity ourselves. My wife is a Trustee of Child Bereavement UK and very active in supporting it. 2015 will mark Neptune’s 6th year of support for Child Bereavement UK through its sponsorship of the City Sevens, a tournament that has been running for over 40 years. Neptune entered a team into the City 7s tournament back in 2008, under the previous sponsor, Mako. When the tournament was cancelled in 2009 due to the impact of the Credit Crunch, we saw this as a fantastic opportunity to take the title rights and help us meet the following objectives (a) raise Neptune’s profile in the B2B community (b) engage our own employees and (c) use the tournament to raise awareness and critical funds for Child Bereavement UK as our nominated charity.

It really is a great day out for everyone to enjoy, especially rugby fanatics! My youngest son Harry is a very keen rugby player and was player of the season for his team in 2014. I would like to get him on the pitch in the City 7’s but he is only 11 so it may be some years away! We get hundreds of people – mainly colleagues, friends and family members – coming down to support the players. Obviously, the hog roast/BBQ and plentiful drinks are some of the star attractions alongside the rugby, but younger guests can enjoy the bouncy castle and children’s entertainers. If the sun is shining (which it has done on some occasions), then it is a perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Every team entry fee goes straight to Child Bereavement UK as Neptune pays all the overheads and running costs of the tournament. Since 2010, the tournament has raised over £100,000 for Child Bereavement UK – a truly incredible amount. The teams are all extremely supportive of the Charity and some have made additional donations. Many rugby kits on the day also bear the Child Bereavement UK logo, highlighting their support. In the past, the tournament has been covered in the financial press and also the London paper City AM. More importantly, the tournament introduces Child Bereavement UK to some of the City’s biggest names and opens up new doors.

Unfortunately, child bereavement may affect many of us and is sometimes seen as a taboo subject. There needs to be greater awareness of how to support those affected by the loss of a loved one so families can re-build their lives. To other companies that might be considering supporting CBUK, I’d say don’t even hesitate to think about it! More financial support is needed to help the charity continue to provide the critical support they offer. Moreover, you will work with a fantastic and dedicated team who are an absolute pleasure to deal with.

There are so many individuals, groups and companies who support Child Bereavement UK, so to be named as one of their Champions is a great honour. I think this is a testament to the remarkable success of the City 7s and our ongoing partnership.