Square Mile supports CASCAID


CASCAID brings together colleagues from the asset management industry to raise money for charity. After a successful 2017, when CASCAID topped £2.35 million for Cancer Research, CASCAID is now fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Square Mile are proud to support this initiative through a number of fundraising activities.

Fundraising for 2020

Farquhar set to swim the Channel

In August 2020, Jamie Farquhar will attempt to swim the English Channel to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital as part of CASCAID's ongoing appeal. This challenge will see him cross the world's busiest seaway, a distance of 22 miles, braving waters with a temperature of around 15 degrees. Jamie hopes to complete the swim in around 14 hours.

If you would like to support Jamie and help him reach his £10,000 target for CASCAID, please donate through his Virgin Money Giving webpage

2019 Challenges

Royal Parks Half Marathon - October 2019

A team at Square Mile completed the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 13th October 2019, raising £1,981.10 for CASCAID.

half marathon team

Annual Quiz - September 2019

Participants at the sixth annual pub quiz and auction on 17th September have helped raise over £17,700. Hosted at The Gable in the City, the quiz was attended by over 160 people in teams of five representing 32 companies from across the financial services industry.

The quiz master was once again James Crossley of L&G Investment Management who delivered 11 keenly contested sets of questions, including three music rounds.   A team fronted by BNY Mellon Investment Management was top of class at the end of the evening, with Jupiter and River and Mercantile coming in at joint second place.  

Swimming Windermere Out and Back - July 2019

Jamie Farquhar has completed a 36km swim – over 22 miles – across Lake Windermere, raising over £7,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Battling through waters at temperatures of 16 degrees, he set out at 5am to swim from the northern end of the lake to the south, before turning around and swimming back. In all, the challenge took him 14 hours and 34 minutes to complete.

A fantastic achievement!

2018 Challenges

2018 Quiz Night - September 2018

We are thrilled to confirm that the evening raised £18,060.20, thanks to the generosity of our table sponsors and the donations of raffle and auction prizes.

Jupiter are the holders of the Woodburn Cup with Janus Henderson and BNY Mellon placing second and third. They all nominated CASCAID as their chosen charity, meaning CASCAID received the full £18,060.20.

2018 quiz night winners

Farquhar’s Famous Five - February – September 2018

We all know Jamie is delightfully crazy, and his CASCAID challenge was equally mad! His challenge…. to swim a “famous five” was as follows:

  • Feb – 1 KM at 0.8c
  • Mar – 1 Mile at 3.5c
  • July – Lake Windermere – 18 KM
  • Aug – The Thames – 14 KM
  • Sept – The Dart – 10 KM

2017 Challenges

2017 Quiz Night - September 2017

31 teams gathered at The Gable in the heart of the City on 12th September 2017 for the annual Square Mile Charity quiz, competing for the Woodburn Cup. James Crossley once again proved to be the master of all quiz masters and a very generous cast of quizzers raised a wonderful £17,115.53 in total.

Janus Henderson were the winners, Investec in 2nd place and Financial Express 3rd. The real winners were the charities – with £15,624.14 raised for CASCAID for Cancer Research UK, £1,391.38 for MacMillan Cancer Support and £100 for Footsteps Foundation.

Farquhar’s Thames Battle - August 2017

Square Mile’s Jamie took on the Thames in style, swimming 14k in the Henley to Marlow Thames Marathon. He finished the race in a staggering 3 hours 56 minutes, with very tired arms. Jamie raised nearly £2k for CASCAID with this swim.

Square Mile Feeling Peaky - June 2017

Square Mile took on the Three Peaks challenge in June 2017, thoroughly enjoying what proved to be a difficult task. Ben Nevis was kind, but Scafell Pike and Snowdon greeted us with low cloud, high winds and driving rain.

The team raised over £14,000 on behalf of CASCAID and Cancer Research UK.

Square Mile feeling peaky

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