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Ruils has been awarded a Covid Relief prize of $50,000 by the Janus Henderson Foundation, the charitable giving arm of global asset management company Janus Henderson Investors, as part of its 2021 Charity Challenge competition.

The funding will be used to launch Active From Home, a new 1-2-1 walking scheme which aims to provide companionship and activity to those who are isolated at home due to the Covid pandemic or anxious about returning to normality following a long period of shielding. The project will support people in Richmond borough through doorstep social visits and short guided support walks.

Cathy Maker, CEO of Ruils said:

“We are honoured to have been awarded this significant prize, which will mean so much to those who have been isolated for many months due to the pandemic. Through this scheme, we hope to provide confidence and companionship, and support people to get back out into their communities.”

The Janus Henderson Foundation Charity Challenge is a competition where Janus Henderson employees pitch nonprofit organisations to their colleagues and a panel of finalist judges to win donations. Top prize winners are in the United States, United Kingdom and India, with a total of nine charities designated to receive more than $263,800. The first-place prize of $75,000 will go to Cruse Bereavement.

 “This is an event we look forward to every year because it allows us to harness the giving spirit of our employees and make positive contributions to the communities we operate in across the globe,” said Tiphani Krueger, president of the Janus Henderson Foundation. “The donations we make to these charities will help them provide vital services to underserved communities and people in need — like mental health support for the bereaved and access to education, medical care and food for people experiencing poverty. It’s a friendly competition that allows us to support causes we’re passionate about.”