Every month we donate £300 to a worthy charity, chosen by a different member of our team each time.
In the past few months, we are very proud to have donated £300 to Playback Theatre South West, on behalf of our designer Francis Porter, who is a trustee at the charity. He says: “They are a small charity who actively involve a wide variety of people and creatively engage with their experiences using skilled drama methods – with therapeutic and socially-cohesive outcomes. The primary work is with refugees and their families and young carers.” You can find out more about their work here.
We also split £300 between two charities, which were the choice of Lizzie, who works in our admin department. She wanted to help Shelterbox, a charity which provides essential practical help when disasters strike. Their bespoke boxes are sent to disaster-hit areas, and provide shelter kits, blankets, tents, cooking equipment, water filtration kits and mosquito nets. And also, Mind – a mental health charity whose helpline, online information and campaigns are really helping to improve mental health services. “I’ve chosen Mind because mental health issues have affected many of my friends, family and myself over the years. As Bob Hoskin once said: ‘It’s good to talk,’ but it really is,” says Lizzie. (mind.org.uk)
Keeping with the theme of mental health provision, we also donated to Denbury Primary School – the choice of our customer support manager Kate Hodkinson – who said: “Schools are really struggling financially at the moment and one thing that the school would like to introduce is more mental health provision for children within the school. This money will go towards providing supporting this.”
Finally, and most recently, our writer Liz Willets asked for £300 to be given to Macmillan Nurses, an incredible charity that supports people through some of the toughest times of their lives. Liz says: “So many people I know have been helped and supported by them when they needed it most.”
You can find out more about charities we’ve donated in the past to here.