We're Giving Back...so others can move forward.
At the end of 2019, we planned to put giving back at the forefront of our business. After a successful year of donating to a different charity partner each month, we are now more than delighted to do the same for a third year now, throughout 2022/2023.
We're striving to do things differently with a more social purpose. Any surplus we generate is reinvested into social housing, social value and charitable projects. With the help from our members, suppliers and followers on social media, we are pleased to confirm below the 12 charity partners for the upcoming year that we will make a donation to from our social value fund.
You can find out more about our Giving Back here.
April - The Oxygen Works
Provides oxygen therapy and support to people living in the Scottish Highlands and Islands with a wide range of health conditions to improve their health and wellbeing. We are proud to be supporting them throughout their 30th anniversary. Their range of therapies and services ensure that those who access support are seen for the individual they are and not the illness they present with. This support comes after a challenging year where the charity was hit with a devastating flood which closed their centre for over 9 months.
To find out more about The Oxygen Works, please visit www.theoxygenworks.com
May - Samaritans
Samaritans make sure to be there for anyone who needs someone, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Samaritans have over 20,000 volunteers and 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland who provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for people to talk through whatever is troubling them.
Samaritans is a critical service, needed now more than ever when such times of uncertainty can be very unsettling for some. Every 10 seconds someone contacts Samaritans who is desperately struggling to cope.
We are proud to be supporting them throughout Mental Health Awareness Week in May.
June - Rainbow Trust
Rainbow Trust Children's Charity enables families who have a child with a life-threatening illness to make the most of time together; providing expert, practical and emotional support, where they need it, for as long as they need it.
To find out more about Rainbow Trust, please visit www.rainbowtrust.org.uk
July - Guide Dogs
Guide Dogs has been operating in the UK since 1931, to help blind and partially sighted people. Today, Guide Dogs is the world’s largest breeder and trainer of working dogs.
Over the coming years, Guide Dogs are looking to increase the number of guide dog partnerships, but also developing a broader range of services that will help more people who are blind and partially sighted to get out and about on their own terms. Their ambition is a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support they need to live their lives to the full.
To find out more about Guide Dogs, please visit www.guidedogs.org.uk
August - Derian House
Derian House provides respite and end-of life care to more than 400 children and young people across the North West. Their ethos is to make sure that every child and young person who comes to Derian is able to make the very most of the time they have.
To find out more about Derian House, please visit www.derianhouse.co.uk
September - Lucy Air Ambulance for Children
A national charity that ensures babies and critically ill children can access specialist treatment and care, wherever they are in the UK. Often the only way these children can access this care is to travel between hospitals by aeroplane and they are the only air ambulance charity that provides this unique service. Their transfers provide lifechanging outcomes for the children we fly and their families. The NHS has no budget for air transfers and so relies on Lucy AAC to provide the essential service at no cost. We are proud to be supporting them throughout Air Ambulance Week in September.
To find out more about Lucy Air Ambulance for Children, please visit www.lucyaac.org.uk
October - Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK funds scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner and provide cancer information to the public. Their pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives. With no government funding for their research, it’s only thanks to people's generosity that they've helped double cancer survival rates in just 40 years. We are proud to be supporting them for the month of October during Stand Up 2 Cancer.
To find out more about Cancer Research UK, please visit www.cancerresearchuk.org
November - BBC Children in Need
From coast to coast, in towns and cities right across the UK, BBC Children in Need is out there making a difference. The amazing projects we support help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people all over the country.
Our corporate partner BBC Children in Need helps change the lives of children and young people all over the country. Each month part of our social value fund supports BBC Children in Need and the rest of the fund is donated to the charity of the month.
To find out more about BBC Children in Need, please visit www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk
December - Social Bite
Social Bite is a social business on a mission to end homelessness. The charity is one of the largest distributors of free fresh food to homeless people in the UK. It leads innovative programmes of food provision, supported employment and housing to bring about systemic change, and empower people who have been homeless to transform their own lives.
We are proud to be supporting them for the month of December during their Festival of Kindness. Every Christmas Social Bite opens its doors on Christmas day and organises food provision and gift donations throughout the festive period, all over the UK.
To find out more about Social Bite, please visit www.social-bite.co.uk
January - Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity
Every day, 618 children and young people from across the UK arrive for life-changing treatments at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
As children and families have to deal with intense stress and unfamiliar surroundings, they provide services to ease the burden on families, raise spirits, and support children and young people through life-saving treatment.
We're donating from our social value fund for the month of July to support this extraordinary hospital that depends on charitable support to help researchers find more life-saving cures.
To find out more about Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Charity please visit, www.gosh.org
February - British Heart Foundation
They fund around £100 million of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them. Heart diseases, Stroke, Vascular dementia, Diabetes, they're all connected. Their vision is a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. Every donation made helps fund scientific breakthroughs to support the lifesaving research that turns science fiction into reality.
To find out more about British Heart Foundation, please visit www.bhf.org.uk
March - Fresh Visions
Working in the community and domestic violence refuges across Kent, Thrive Counselling provides emotional support to men, women and children fleeing abusive homes.
Highly trained professional counsellors assist in the recovery of traumatic domestic events to build self-esteem and enable a fresh start for those affected. Our counselling is based on the premise that the people who use our services are the experts on their own lives and experiences.
Fresh Visions is funded by a combination of grant income and individual donations. They help children, young people and adults facing extreme disadvantage as a result of poverty, domestic abuse, lack of education and social exclusion. Operating in some of the poorest neighbourhoods in the UK, their projects help people gain control of their lives by developing the confidence, motivation and skills to achieve their potential and build brighter futures.
To find out more about Fresh Visions, please visit www.freshvisions.org.uk
Read more about our Giving Back initiative here.
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We are continuing to give back throughout 2022/2023
Any surplus we generate is reinvested into social housing, social value and charitable projects. This month marks the start of another year of giving back to a different charity each month.
We are continuing to give back throughout 2021 / 2022
This month marks the start of another year of giving back to a different charity each month with a donation from our social value fund.
Together we can change young lives across the UK.
Together, we can change the lives of the children and young people that need us most.
Clare is running the London Marathon for BBC Children in Need
Our Client Relationship Manager Clare is taking on the challenge of running 26.2 miles for our charity partner on the 3rd of October.