It’s well and truly Boat-Race season here at Newton. Just as the men and women of Oxford and Cambridge are striving for perfection in their final water sessions before the race, we too are finalising race day preparations – albeit from our offices in Blackfriars near the choppy waters of the Thames rather than on it!
Over the course of our seven-year sponsorship of the annual Women’s Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge, we have seen some ground-breaking moments.
The first was the historic move of the Newton Women’s Boat Race from the 2km Henley course to join the men rowing 6.8 km on the Tideway in London, which finally brought equality in stature and funding to the two races.
Almost five million viewers in the UK watched the BBC’s first ever live broadcast of the occasion, and the race was transmitted to over 200 other countries around the world. This step was of great significance – not only to women’s rowing in the UK, but to women’s sport globally as a whole.
Secondly, in 2016, in a world first alongside our parent company BNY Mellon (which sponsors the men’s race), we donated our title sponsorship rights to Cancer Research UK to create the Cancer Research UK Boat Races, with the aim of increasing brand awareness for the charity. We hope that other businesses will now follow our lead and make similar pledges to charities of their choice.
This year, we are focusing all our efforts on pulling together with BNY Mellon, the Boat Race family and the investment management industry to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK and help beat cancer sooner.
Why do we believe this is important?
At Newton, we believe in being active and responsible investment managers in a holistic sense. This doesn’t just apply to the way we manage our clients’ money, but extends to our actions in the communities in which our clients and employees operate. We hope that, through fundraising for CRUK and promoting awareness of the fantastic work of this charity, we can make a real difference to people’s lives.
The video below explains more about what the Cancer Research UK Boat Races means to some of our employees.
We hope you can join us in cheering the crews along on the banks of the Thames.
This year’s Boat Races are on Sunday 2 April 2017, with the women’s race at 16:35 and the men’s race at 17:35. TV coverage is live from 16:00 on BBC One, and will feature the Celebrity Boat Race – a new fun addition to the Boat Race programme, supported by Newton and BNY Mellon to help raise vital funds for CRUK .
Find out more at the official Boat Races website.