MetLife RISE’s with 2022 Charity Partner

  • Brighton based charity RISE supports those affected by domestic violence
  • The partnership follows MetLife’s work with previous Sussex charities the Clock Tower Sanctuary


24th January 2022: MetLife UK has today named RISE as its 2022 charity partner. The local Brighton Charity aims to support those affected by domestic violence with refuge, information, support, and education.

The MetLife Makes a Difference (MMAD) Committee is focused on planning a series of events throughout the year to help make a real difference to RISE and the work it is able to do in Brighton and the surrounding areas. In addition to fundraising efforts, volunteering will play a key role to support the charity in their activity centre.  As part of the initiative, MetLife employees will be able to use their two volunteering days, to support the charity’s local outreach and fundraising activities.

RISE started as a small charity in 1994 with two women and a telephone helpline between them, and has grown into a supportive network that enables survivors and their families to work towards freedom from the psychological stress, trauma, anger, anxiety, and depression that so often stems from domestic violence and abuse.

MetLife’s decision to name RISE as their charity partner in 2022 follows a successful local partnership with the Clock Tower Sanctuary from 2019. The Clock Tower Sanctuary is a charity that provides support for homeless youth in Brighton. During this partnership, MetLife helped to raise £16,500 for the Sanctuary, on top of a further £35,000 worth of funding secured from the MetLife Foundation.  

Gerad Harmer, Chair of the MMAD Committee at MetLife said: “In an effort to support our local community, we’re thrilled to kick-off another year of charitable giving by partnering with RISE. Charities have suffered heavily over the last two years, with fundraising on hold and financial contributions not as abundant as before, so we’re eager to help RISE in as many ways as we can, as soon as we can.  

“By partnering with RISE, we want to enable survivors of domestic violence to seek independence and control over their livelihoods and wellbeing. After spending most of the pandemic at home, it was important for us as a business to partner with a Brighton based charity to uplift our community. MetLife spoke to the employees in our Brighton office, and we collectively decided that RISE was the clear choice in our pursuit to make a real difference to our local community.

“At MetLife our community is important to us and therefore its crucial we offer unwavering support by being that helping hand in times of hardship. After a successful relationship with the Clock Tower Sanctuary, we’re hoping to make a real difference to RISE and its survivors.”