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CASCAID Founder Helen Wagstaff Awarded MBE in New Year Honours

We are delighted to announce that Helen Wagstaff, co-founder of MiP and CASCAID, has been awarded an MBE for services to charity in the New Year Honours List.

Upon learning of the honour, Helen said, “I am thrilled with this recognition. Leading CASCAID has been an honour in itself. While I may be the figurehead for CASCAID, this award is a testament to the hard work and generosity of so many people. I would like to recognise and thank everyone who has been involved, and I’d particularly like to mention my dear friend Anne-Marie McConnon, without whom CASCAID would not have been possible.”


CASCAID brings together colleagues from around the asset management industry (and friends and family) to raise money for charity.

In previous years, CASCAID has raised over £5.3 million for Cancer Research, Great Ormond Street Hospital, the NSPCC and some smaller charities. Looking forward, we have chosen Rainbow Trust as the beneficiary for 2024, aiming to help support families with a seriously ill child.

CASCAID is led by our Ambassadors (see list here) – individuals from a range of fund management, wealth management, advisory and supporting firms who undertake challenges, organise events and galvanise others to raise money. Fundraising events are on an individual basis, within teams, on a company level and across the industry. CASCAID aims to get lots of people supporting this amazing charity in many different ways.

CASCAID is inclusive – everyone is welcome. It’s not a corporate cheque-writing exercise (although corporate donations are very welcome!). It’s about ordinary people rolling their sleeves up, giving their time and effort for great causes. If you’d like to join in the fun, drop us a line.

Whilst our primary goal is to provide vital funds for Rainbow Trust, we also hope to bring the industry together to network, socialise and have fun, all in an inclusive, compliance-friendly way. We’ll get together for social events, quiz nights, fun runs, and lots more. It’s a great chance for us all to spend time with clients, peers, colleagues and friends, with each and every occasion helping support young lives. Please contact if you’d like further information.

Of course, we recognise that most individuals and companies already have significant charity commitments. CASCAID is not about replacing these – it’s about achieving more. Let’s get together to do a little extra.

The 2024 Challenge

Our goal for 2024 is to raise at least £100,000 to help ensure that families do not have to face serious childhood illness alone

Totaliser for Rainbow Trust


Totaliser across all CASCAID campaigns

Over £5.2 million

Why The Rainbow Trust?

With nearly 40 years’ experience Rainbow Trust is the leading national organisation providing practical and emotional social palliative care to children and families

3x increase in the number of children with a life-threatening condition in the last 10 years

Half of all parents caring for a seriously ill child seek professional medical treatment for depression, anxiety, stress, or suicidal thoughts

Over 94% of families we support have felt lonely and cut off from their family and friends


95% of parents say we help them with their mental health

9/10 families say our support makes a significant difference to their family’s life

100% of siblings report that they felt safe and listened to.

My family is one of so many who have benefited from the help of Rainbow Trust. Our Family Support Worker was with us through our son’s cancer treatment, his death and afterward. Fiona helped us, held us, and took exquisite loving care of our son. She was there and she made our lives better.

Rob Delaney: actor, comedian, writer

The story so far…

Since 2017 we have raised over £5.3 million combined for Cancer Research UK, Great Ormond Street Hospital, the NSPCC, and some other smaller charities. Who knows how much we can raise in the future?

Main charity partners



raised for cancer research

Cancer research UK



raised for GOSH

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raised for NSPCC