NEWS: M&C Saatchi plans debut charity drive for Mencap revamp

M&C Saatchi has taken on its first charity account and will handle Mencap’s 50th anniversary appeal.

M&C Saatchi has taken on its first charity account and will handle

Mencap’s 50th anniversary appeal.



The initiative - described as the most ambitious project in Mencap’s

history - has a fund-raising target of between pounds 10 and pounds 15

million.



The agency was awarded the business without a pitch and comes as a

result of high-level contacts between Maurice Saatchi and an executive

committee of industry captains, which is co-ordinating the initiative.



The committee’s chairman is George Bull, GrandMet’s chief executive.

Other members include Sir Michael Perry, the chairman of Unilever, and

Michael Hepher, the British Telecom group managing director.



The charity, which campaigns on behalf of people with learning

difficulties and their families, has appointed the agency for its golden

jubilee appeal, although M&C Saatchi says it expects the assignment to

evolve into a long-term relationship.



The appeal will be launched to potential private benefactors early next

year, with consumer advertising, featuring a new logo, scheduled for

early summer. It is the first significant advertising for some time by

the charity, which is involved in the development of care in the

community programmes after the run-down of long-stay hospitals.



Moray MacLennan, the agency’s joint chief executive, said: ‘Mencap’s

awareness is high but few people know what it does. Our task is to raise

awareness and money.’