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:
Dorchester & Poundbury
Dorset Mind is a mental health charity that has been supporting local people with mental health difficulties since 1946. They educate, challenge stigma and provide support towards people's wellbeing and recovery from mental ill health in Dorset.
Sherborne & Sturminster Newton
Winky Kicks Cancer is a non-profit organisation that focuses on raising money to help UK cancer charities in their fight in finding a cure against and treatments for Cancer.
Based in Wincanton, WKC organise a number of fundraisers in the local community throughout the year, from children’s fun days to dog shows to a bona-fide Music Festival! WKC have raised so far since their forming in 2013 over £30,000 for Cancer Research UK and the organisation continues to grow and get bigger and better each year.
Kate Freeman’s ambition as founder of WKC is to continue raising money for Cancer Research UK, whilst at the same time donating to other Cancer charities who help cancer victims and their families with care and both emotional and financial support.
Somerset Sight provides support to people who are losing or have lost their sight. They work closely With Musgrove Park Hospital to signpost people who have been recently diagnosed with a visual impairment. They offer a befriending service, counselling and everyday support to those and their families who are grieving the loss of their sight.
WHERE aims to assist individuals in the community who have physical or mental disabilities, long term chronic health conditions, or those who have become isolated due to health, bereavement or age.
To enable this to happen, the WHERE Active Living Centre is a social hub that provides a range of services including Transportation, Cafe with home cooked food, Educational Courses, Social Activities (as well as a place to have a hot meal / drink, sit and chat) and much more.
Yeovil Freewheelers EVS provides a unique out-of-hours free courier service between different hospitals and patients in their homes across the whole South Somerset and North Dorset area.
Having been founded in 1978 by Mr Cecil Turner, they are the oldest operational blood bike group in the country and are a registered charity. They currently operate a fleet of three motorcycles to carry urgently needed medical items such as blood, biological samples, medical notes, x-rays and medicines.
The service is provided completely free of charge to the NHS and all members of Yeovil Freewheelers are unpaid volunteers.