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:
GO Girls launched in March 2015. Their aims are to help support women with gynaecological cancers, raise awareness of these diseases and campaign for earlier diagnostics and improved treatments. GO Girls want to ensure all women with gynaecological cancers receive the support they truly deserve on what is often a lonely and difficult journey.
Sherborne & Sturminster Newton
The Sherborne Food Bank is a volunteer-run organisation helping the hungry and families in crisis within and around the Parish of Sherborne. The charity benefits from the generosity of individuals, businesses, groups, churches and schools in and around the area. Food donation points can be found at various locations in Sherborne.
Mind in Somerset was formed from the merger of Mind in Taunton & West Somerset and South Somerset Mind in October 2018. They are affiliated to the national charity Mind that campaigns for the rights of people who experience mental ill health and emotional distress.
With 47 services in 23 locations, Mind supports over 7,000 local people each year. Their core purpose is to provide services and support to anyone affected by mental illness, improving their quality of life.
Reminiscence Learning, a local Somerset charity based in Wellington, specialises in dementia care, reminiscence, activities and life story work.
They provide innovative and engaging training for health care professionals, family carers and volunteers. Whole or half day Respite Activity Sessions, as well as shorter community sessions for the older person, those with memory problems or dementia and their carers.
They also created and deliver the multi award winning intergenerational dementia awareness Archie Project which links local primary schools, care settings and the community to reduce the fear and stigma often associated with dementia. They recently further developed their intergenerational work to encompass working in a forest school environment with individuals with early onset dementia and children who may have social and emotional needs.
Ferne Animal Sanctuary was founded by the late Nina, Duchess of Hamilton & Brandon at the beginning of the Second World War. Her aim was to provide a temporary refuge for the animals belonging to service men and women who were shipped abroad to fight.
Inevitably, at the end of the war many owners failed to return to collect their pets and so the story of Ferne Animal Sanctuary began. 75 years later the Sanctuary is still acting as a refuge for animals of all shapes and sizes from across the county and beyond.