In 2021 we established our Charity Comittee as we wanted to do more to give back to the communities in which we work. The Charity Committee is made up of 5 volunteers from across the business, who meet on a regular basis to decide how we can best invest in and fundraise for our three Charity Partners.

Watch the short video below to hear more about how our Charity Committee supports our Charity Partners, or scroll down to hear directly from our partners for 2021/22.

MIND MID AND NORTH EAST ESSEX

“We are Mid and North East Essex Mind, we believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. That’s why we are here for you. Whether you’re stressed, depressed or in crisis, we’ll listen, give you support and advice and we’ll push for a better deal and respect for everyone experiencing a mental health problem. We work with children from the age of 5 and adults of all ages. Some people use our services for only a little while and others might need help for longer. Mid and North East Essex Mind (Registered Charity Number 1064309) are a local, independent charity connected to the national charity Mind. There are 130 local Minds across England and Wales. We all have to raise our own money to run our services so we each have our own board of trustees who are responsible for how we are run. Our work takes place across the Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon and Tendring districts. Because we are local, we understand our community, therefore our services fit what people need most.”

COLCHESTER FOODBANK

“Our foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in our local area. We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. Over a third of those we help are children. We are the busiest Foodbank in Essex and the second busiest Foodbank in the East of England, and we couldn’t do what we do without the support of the local community. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.”

ST HELENA HOSPICE

“St Helena Hospice provides specialist palliative and end of life care to local people facing incurable illness in north east Essex, supporting them, their families, friends and carers. We provide individual care and total support wherever it is needed; at home, over the phone with our 24/7 advice line, and at the hospice. We also help adults in north east Essex to cope with grief following the death of a loved one, regardless of where or how they died. We reach out to members of our community, helping them make their own choices and live with dignity. By focusing on their physical, emotional and spiritual needs, we aim to bring comfort and relief to all those who need it, offering the people of North Essex individual care and total support, regardless of their diagnosis or personal circumstances. We rely heavily on the help and generosity of our fundraisers, donors and volunteers. Without them we wouldn’t be here. We all share a common goal: to be here every step of the way for everyone who needs us, helping life to go on in the face of dying, death and bereavement.”