In these times of austerity, it is sometimes easy to cut back, but we have proudly managed to increase our level of commitment to all the charities with whom we feel strongly. All too often the first funding to be cut is that for the care sector and improving quality of life.
Terminally ill children deserve some enjoyment in their (often tragically short) lives, so this year Oliver Jaques are proud to be supporting Make-A-Wish UK the charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. To find out how you can support them too, please visit their website at www.make-a-wish.org.uk
The average cost to grant a wish is £4000, so our pledge for 2015 was to grant at least one wish. So, last year we managed to raised that amount and more with our monthly donations and our sponsored “Wear What You Wish Day “on April 29th 2015, where all staff came to work dressed as what they wished they could be when they grew up. As you will see from the photographs, a Fun day was had by all and our customers were most bemused to be dealing with, Evil Kenivel, a Footballer, a Nurse, a Policewoman and a scaffolder amongst others but best of all we raised over £1600 which I am sure you will agree was well worth the strange looks we received that day when walking from our cars.
We have also hosted a Bake-A-Wish cake sale on the 16th October, offering delicious homemade cakes and coffee to our clients and passers-by, again we had an amazing turn out and raised a spectacular £885.83.
We also held a pop music quiz night to raise money for the Canterbury Oast Trust (COT) who are a dynamic and forward thinking charitable trust set up in the mid-1980’s by a pioneering group of parents. Today they support adults with learning disabilities across Kent and East Sussex to live independently and take control of their lives. The quiz was held in Madison’s Bar on the Bow Quarter, and was a complete success, infect the owner of the bar, confirmed that it was the busiest night he had in the bar in 15 years of owning it. We raised the sum of £647 which was greatly appreciated by the charity. We are already organising another quiz night at the request of all the attendees.
Macmillan Cancer Research is a charity close to our Director Nicola Heard’s heart having watched her beloved Grandmother suffer with this dreadful illness we were therefore overjoyed when our Macmillan Coffee Morning last year raised over £700, Nicola was so thrilled she matched the donations and we raised a very healthy £1500 for the worthy cause.
We also attended the Children with Cancer ball in November 2015 where we donated £5000 to purchase a Karomed Transair Mattress Replacement System which we asked to be placed at Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice.
In 2016 we are committed to continue our charity work and will again donate the £4000 pound to the make a wish foundation to grant another wish for a terminally ill child www.make-a-wish.org.uk
As well as Oliver Jaques are thrilled to be able to re-open and sponsor Donkey Rides at the Surrey Docks Farm in Rotherhithe. A popular local Farm, offering a wide range of training and educational opportunities including school visits and daily training sessions for adults with learning disabilities, donations are vital to its survival. www.surreydocksfarm.org.uk
Like any other working charitable farm, unglamorous things like paying the heating bill, water and rent are everyday struggles for them, and when funding was cut extensively it meant that they had to end the very popular Donkey Rides. We sincerely hope that everybody will once again take up and enjoy the opportunity to experience the Donkey Rides.
We have also donated to reserved two tables at one of crisis’s Christmas shelters to ensure that the homeless are able to enjoy a Christmas day as much as the rest of us, with somewhere warm and welcoming. community.crisis.org.uk/Help-Homeless/Christmas