Our chosen charities
We’re all about working with local charities and giving back to the people who live in our community. Every year, each of our offices chooses a charity that has local relevance to it and will focus on delivering value to that charity in the year ahead.
We raise money for our nominated charities through a variety of events and activities held throughout the year.
This year our nominated charities are:
The Living Tree is a friendly group based in Bridport for anyone who has experienced cancer. They know that by supporting each other, we can achieve our aim of enjoying life to the fullest, whether it’s in the middle of treatment or it’s behind us. They want The Living Tree to be a place where you will feel welcomed, understood, supported and inspired. The friends you make at The Living Tree understand what it’s like, so if you want to talk about cancer – or you really don’t – that’s fine.
Mosaic is a Dorset-wide charity offering a pathway of support to bereaved children, young people and their families. They also work with young people who are facing the death of a loved one. Mosaic provides individual, family and group support. Every child has the opportunity to attend their residential weekend programme where they can meet others and share their experiences.
The Samaritans of Yeovil, Sherborne and District branch have been supporting people in the local area, and nationwide, for over forty years. Volunteers come from all walks of life, with a wide age range, and spend three hours a week in the centre supporting all kinds of people who need a confidential, non-judgmental ear to listen at a tough time in their life. Each Samaritans branch has to raise enough money each year to cover all its running costs and is not subsidised by the Central Office, NHS, or government in any way.
The Rosie Crane Trust supports bereaved parents through their grief after the loss of a son or daughter of any age, through a helpline, drop-in centres, a befriending service and subsidised counselling. It was started in October 2006, two years after the loss of Carol’s daughter at 23 as a result of developing leukaemia. Carol has found from her own experience, and that of others, the immense value of being able to talk to people who can really understand and empathise with what you have been through. Discovering you are not alone in your thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears can be a huge relief.
S.U.R.E. – the Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment – is a local cancer charity founded in 2000 to end the need for cancer patients to travel to Bristol to get treatment. This was achieved when the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, was opened, and they have since been able to help provide equipment for the Centre that is required to improve patient treatment and safety.