Activpayroll, the global payroll and tax compliance specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland has announced it has donated a five-figure sum to four Scottish charities during the coronavirus pandemic.

activpayroll has donated a combined total of £16,000 to Maggie’s, Friends of Anchor, Charlie House and Support in Mind Scotland, with each receiving £4,000. It is hoped that the funds will help the charities continue to support those that really need it during these unprecedented and challenging times.

Graham McKechnie, Global Tax Director

activpayroll’s social committee, activ-in-action, is granted an annual budget for company events such as Summer BBQ’s, quiz nights, Christmas parties and also organise smaller gestures such as breakfast for the team on a Friday and free fruit. With all social events cancelled for 2020, activ-in-action was tasked with coming up with an alternative to give team members. Various ideas were considered, including takeaway food vouchers, supermarket vouchers and virtual group events with prizes, however, the ultimate decision was unanimous, the money that would normally be spent on events would go to activpayroll’s chosen charities for 2020.

Charity has always been high on activpayroll’s agenda, since 2016, the team has raised in excess of £100,000 by taking part in a range of challenges and events. At the beginning of 2020, activpayroll was set for another year of fundraising and challenges, however when the coronavirus pandemic hit, these had to be put on hold, ultimately affecting the charities that so heavily rely on donations to survive.

Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, commented: “With charities across the country working hard to ensure they stay afloat during these turbulent times, it is more important than ever that as a company, we support them in any way we can. I am always immensely proud of all the charitable work that goes on across the business, especially the team’s decision to donate the annual social budget to charity. I would urge other businesses who are in a fortunate position like us to do the same this year.”

Iain Mitchell, Senior Community Partnership Fundraising Officer at Support in Mind Scotland, said: "Support in Mind Scotland cannot thank the employees of activpayroll enough for deciding to donate their social budget to the nominated causes they are supporting this year. This money will help us continue to provide vital support to people living with mental illness across the country, and is hugely appreciated in what has been a very uncertain year for most. It is a wonderful gesture from a workforce who have a tremendous history of imaginative and daring fundraising efforts, and we're very proud to be associated with these terrific people."