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Charity of the Year in Cambridge

One of the ways in which we support the local community is through our Cambridge Charity of the Year programme. We chose EACH in 2020 following an employee nomination process and charity review panel consisting of employee representatives. Due to the limitations and restrictions COVID-19 placed on our planned fundraising activity, we decided to extend this partnership into 2021.

EACH cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. There are currently more than 2,000 children and young people in the area living with a life-threatening condition – this figure is growing rapidly, with Public Health studies reporting this could be as high as 6,000 by 2025. Through specialist services, wellbeing activities and counselling, EACH supports the individual needs of children, young people and their families as a whole – both in its safe and comforting hospices and in the family home.

We are delighted to be continuing our support of EACH, as originally nominated by our Cambridge-based colleagues; to fulfil our promise to them at a time when they really do need our support more than ever. We hope to make a significant impact on those in our community who rely so heavily on EACH for vital support at the hardest of times.

Penny James Chief Operating Officer, R&D BioPharmaceuticals

AstraZeneca will be working with EACH throughout 2021 on a range of fundraising activities. Phil Gormley, EACH CEO said: “Like many charities, 2020 was an incredibly challenging year for EACH and for all the children, young people and families who need our support. In such a difficult year, it has been the continued support of incredible partners and supporters like AstraZeneca that has helped EACH to continue delivering vital care to life-threatened children and their families and we are thrilled to be continuing our partnership into 2021”.

East Anglia's Children's Hospices

To learn more about EACH and its important work, please take the time to watch Tallulah’s story.



STEM Outreach Activities & Partnerships in Cambridge


STEM in Cambridge

We want to inspire the next generation of scientists through our STEM outreach programme, and by our student apprenticeship and graduate placement programmes. In Cambridge we are in partnership with many organisations as well as shaping and delivering science activities and programmes to local schools and colleges

STEM Ambassadors:

Over 100 of our employees are STEM volunteers in Cambridge, cultivating and inspiring talent for the future. Our volunteers are involved in some exciting initiatives in the city and the surrounding areas:

  • The Cambridge Science Centre, helping 60,000 children and young adults a year discover life sciences.

  • The Cambridge Festival, public engagement through outreach activities, talks and sponsorship.

  • The Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, through an annual challenge for 14-18-year-olds and joint outreach.

  • The Cambridge United Community Trust – Active Science programme – ‘meet a scientist’ sessions in primary schools.

  • Enthuse Partnerships – High impact programmes working in partnership with selected schools, combining teacher development with engaging and inspirational activities for students.

  • Shaping and delivering science activities and supporting our employees in their local schools meeting the national curriculum and Gatsby benchmarks.

From connecting entrepreneurs with dedicated business mentors, organising guest lectures to offering internship, we have more than 75 business mentors in Cambridge. To date around 90 start-ups have benefited from their advice so far.