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On 17th March 2012 four IT Talent girls are throwing themselves out of a plane at over 10,000 feet for a little known but very important charity called The Lily Foundation.

The Lily Foundation was set up in October 2007 in memory of Lily Anna Merritt who passed away in April of that year at just 8 months old. Lily was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease, a rare disorder affecting the body’s ability to convert food into energy

“In every cell in the body, Mitochondria are responsible for producing energy (called ATP) that the cell needs to function. Cells make up tissues and organs in our bodies, for example the heart and liver.

They are like power stations in our bodies, supplying the energy every cell needs to function.

If our cells do not have energy, then the tissues or body organs that the cells are made up of do not work properly, in the same way that if power stations do not produce enough energy for the country there will be areas of blackout, where parts of the country cannot function.”

The Lily Foundation’s mission is threefold:

To fund research into Mitochondrial and other metabolic disorders with the hope of finding a cure.

To fund training of the metabolic team and care professionals, an essential part of finding a cure where NHS funding is extremely limited.

To provide hope, support, and family accommodation for those who currently travel great distances to receive treatment.

Our partnership with The Lily Foundation began in 2010 when Managing Director Kevin Howes ran the London Marathon

“I was searching for a charity where I felt our involvement would have a direct impact and make a noticeable difference. Looking through the TV footage I saw an interview with Dave (Lily’s dad) and decided The Lily Foundation was a perfect fit. As a parent myself, helping families is a subject close to my heart and I am extremely proud of the way in which our team have rallied round this cause.”   

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility programme all staff are encouraged to undertake an annual fundraising activity. The Lily Foundation has encouraged employees to tackle challenges they have always wanted to overcome by giving them an impetus to start and a reason to keep going.

Leading from the front, in 2011 Mr Howes ran the Great North Run and the Bath Half Marathon alongside two other family members. Two employees ran the London Marathon and four, the Bupa 10k. In 2012, in addition to the skydive two avid boxers will take on each other at London’s Ministry of Sound on Thursday 15th March for a collective fundraising event. Our sales managers and senior consultants are running the Reading Half Marathon in April and a cycling initiative and social evening of Olympic games is scheduled for June.

On the ground, we conduct a number of day-to-day initiatives such as dress down days and donation tuck shops as well as a “swear box” style charity pot for repeat data entry errors, reducing common mistakes and raising money in the process.

A significant proportion of sponsorship for these activities is donated by IT Talent employees and associates themselves, for which we are extremely grateful.

Advertising through our website, activities, social networks, and events, IT Talent hopes to bring more than financial aid to The Lily Foundation by helping to promote its efforts and educate people to the cause.

As corporate sponsors of their 2011 and 2012 ball (prestigious events hosted by comedians Dara O’Briain and Jason Manford), IT Talent has so far donated over &pound30,000 for The Lily Foundation and is determined to continue in this vein.


To donate to the cause please visit

For details of all IT Talent events please contact Communications Manager Lily Sida-Murray on 0207 220 1607 or email at


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