Many UK charities faced a difficult year in 2020 as they struggled to cope with an increased demand for their services and lost fundraising income due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Richard Newton
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So with the start of a new year, it’s even more important to be supporting local charities that help those most in need. Through our Charitable Foundation, we are therefore delighted to be making much needed donations to local Midlands charities.

We have proudly donated £8,950 across thirteen West Midland health and educational charities. Twice a year, the panel made up of our employees and members of the community come together to allocate funds to local charities to help raise educational standards, increase health provision and support the hospice movement. Since the launch of the Foundation in 1999, more than £150,000 has been donated to health and education charities across the West Midlands.

This latest donation from our Charitable Foundation will go towards helping Acorns, St Marys Hospice, Dudley & District Hospital Broadcasting, Giving Hands Mission, NICE, Arrive Alive, Birmingham Women’s Children’s Hospital Charity, Employability UK, Murray Hall Community Trust, Sandwell Homeless & Resettlement Project, The Honeypot Children’s Charity, Time Step Dance, Walsall Society for the Blind.

Richard Newton, our CEO said: "2020 was an exceptionally difficult year for charities with many suffering from reduced fundraising and increased demand for their services due to the pandemic.  So we are delighted to once again be making donations to local charities which do such a wonderful job in our community.’