Charity Partnerships and Bursary

Our employees are enthusiastic supporters of many charities and voluntary organisations and we see it as important that as a business we support this. We take a group wide approach to our philanthropic activities with group wide charity partners who are selected based on their impact, relevance to our priority themes and to our employees. We also have a local bursary, directed by the assets to enable them to support the most relevant organisations for their region. The allocation of these local bursaries are guided by a set of priorities as outlined below.

National Charity Partnership 

Every two years Hammerson selects two charity partners to work with via a staff nomination and vote. These are selected on the basis of a staff vote.  A short list, developed from staff suggestions, is drawn up and the short listed charities are invited in to present at a breakfast meeting. The staff are all then invited to vote and the two winning charities are announced.  

The selected charities receive a cash donation but, more importantly, an opportunity to develop a relationship with the business and our employees.  We are encouraged to fund raise for the charity in a variety of ways from bake sales to marathons.  

The charities selected for 2016 - 2018 are Alzheimers Society and Macmillan Cancer Support.  We have recently completed our shortlisting process for our charity partner for 2018 - 2020. Our staff charity partners are announced in June. 

Positive Places Bursary Scheme

We have a local bursary scheme for our shopping centres. Each year Shopping Centre staff at each asset select a local charity to be the recipient of their annual bursary.  A wide range of local organisations benefit from a cash donation, and working with the shopping centre team to strengthen their relationship with the local community.   We have supported charities ranging from local food banks in Glasgow to a local health charity in Southampton.

To see the latest on the charities supported by our shopping centres visit each centre's About Us - Community & Charity pages. 


In order to ensure our charitable work can be locally directed, but remains focused and therefore more effective, we have set four priority areas.  These are the areas of socio-economic impact where we believe we have the greatest potential for positive change.  

Priority area 1: Health and well-being

Priority area 2: Developing Young people

Priority area 3: Employment, Skills and Enterprise

We do not support charities with religious or political affiliations.  


Our guiding priorities align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals: 


If you are interested in applying for funding under our Positive Places Bursary Scheme please contact us at Our centre charity bursaries open for applications in Late Spring each year. 

Match Funding

Hammerson employees raise money for a wide range of other organisations. The company provides match funding of up to £250 per employee for any charitable fund raising activity. This goes to support a number of different causes in the UK and France. In 2014 this included support for the setting of an official Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon completed whilst dressed as tap. The charity in question - Water Aid of course!

If you are a Hammerson employee and are interested in applying for match funding for a charity fund raising activity please contact the Sustainability Team.