London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) will today donate a day’s worth of equity trading fees from London Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana and Turquoise – expected to be in excess of £500,000 – to charity.

Distributed through the LSEG Foundation, the money raised will help support a wide range of charities in the communities in which the Group operates. These include Friendship Works, a London-based youth mentoring organisation; In-Presa, a youth development charity based in Milan; UNICEF, a leading global charity supporting children, and Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka, a housing charity working with communities in Sri Lanka.

To celebrate the occasion, representatives from the charities attended a Market Open Ceremony in London this morning, hosted by Xavier Rolet, CEO, LSEG.

Xavier Rolet, CEO, LSEG said:

“We are thrilled to welcome our partner charities to open the London market today at the start of what we hope will be a buoyant day of trading. The support of our customers in helping to raise money for these important causes is key. Last year, we raised over £500,000 and we are confident that we will exceed that total today.”

Since launching the Charity Trading Day, trading fees totalling £1.5 million have been donated to more than 20 charities through the LSEG Foundation, which has donated over £3 million to charity since its launch in 2010.