Shooting Star Chase celebrity supporters including Dermot O’Leary, Louis Walsh and Honey G took to the phones with City brokers at the 24th annual ICAP Charity Day last week, when they spoke directly to ICAP’s customers on the phone to close deals and boost trading volumes, raising funds which will help refurbish our Guildford-based hospice, Christopher’s.

As one of 200 charities globally chosen by ICAP to be part of the Charity Day this year, we also enlisted the help of our Royal Patron, HRH The Countess of Wessex; our Vice-President Tony Hadley; our Patrons Jackie and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen; and The Xtra Factor’s Rylan Clark-Neal to join ICAP brokers on the dealing floor, who were in a variety of fancy dress outfits.

ICAP – a leading markets operator and provider of post trade risk mitigation and information services – donates 100% of the its revenues and 100% of brokers’ commissions from the deals closed on the ICAP Charity Day and the fundraising initiative this year raised a total of £8.2 million.

ICAP’s donation to Shooting Star Chase will help fund the refurbishment of Christopher’s, which was first opened 15 years ago. The hospice is undergoing improvements to bedrooms, bathrooms and communal areas and will provide up-to-date facilities for children with life-limiting conditions and their families in London and Surrey. The refurbishment is due to start next year.

Karen Sugarman, Director of Fundraising at Shooting Star Chase, said: “It was a huge privilege and honour to be one of ICAP Charity Day’s beneficiaries this year and we can’t thank ICAP enough for the opportunity to be part of this fabulous day. Our patrons and celebrities did an amazing job closing deals and really got into the spirit of the day.  We appreciate their time and dedication to the cause, and their help in raising funds for the much-needed refurbishment of one of our hospices.

“The funds donated from the ICAP Charity Day are separate from the £10 million Shooting Star Chase need to raise to sustain our vital care service and it is fantastic that this money will allow us to refurbish the hospice. ICAP has made a true and lasting legacy for the children with life-limiting conditions, and their families, we support.”

Michael Spencer, Group Chief Executive Officer of ICAP, said: “I’m incredibly proud that yesterday ICAP Charity Day raised £8.2 million. This brings the total amount raised over 24 years to nearly £135 million. I’d like to thank each and every one of our customers, employees, suppliers and our distinguished guests for their dedication and goodwill. Without them, this simply would not have been possible. The amount raised will make a tangible difference to hundreds of charities around the world and I look forward to continuing to raise funds for much need charitable causes with NEX Group.”