In our checkout process customers now have the opportunity to add a £1 donation to charity, which The Cheese Shed will match. At intervals we'll tot up how much has been donated, add an equal amount and pass this on.
The designated charity will change from time to time - details of sums raised and passed to the charities concerned will be posted here. We'll also put details in our newsletters.
Crisis is the UK national charity for single homeless people. The charity offers year-round education, employment, housing and well-being services from centres in London, Newcastle, Oxford, Edinburgh and Merseyside, called Crisis Skylight Centres. As well as year-round services Crisis runs Crisis at Christmas, which since 1972 has been offering food, warmth, companionship and vital services to homeless people over the Christmas period. In 2016 almost 4,600 homeless people visited Crisis at Christmas, which was run by about 10,500 volunteers. Since its inception Crisis has been a campaigning organisation, lobbying government for political change that will prevent and mitigate homelessness.
We started raising money for Crisis on 3 December 2017. Learn more about their work here.
Prison Phoenix Trust
We badly need our prisons to be sending people back out into the outside world able to become positive members of society. That's very difficult with the huge cuts that have been suffered by the prison system in the last few years ... but there are people who are struggling against the odds to help prisoners become better-functioning people.
From 19 April to 3 December 2017 we raising money for this brilliant small charity which sends yoga teachers into prisons. I know someone who does this work - which has all sorts of benefits for prisoners - so it was something I really believed in. By the time we finished you had collectively donated 565 one pounds. We doubled that up and handed over £1130 to Prison Phonix Trust.
Learn more about their work here.
From 8 December 2016 we raised money for this long-established hospice based in Torquay. Rowcroft run a great - and locally, much-valued - service for people in the last phase of life and their families but it's really expensive, and recently they've hit a bit of a crunch. As it happens, the father of one of us (Ian) died at Rowcroft, so we have a strong personal reason to want to give something back.
Fundraising finished on 19 April, when we made a payment of £1000 to the hospice.
To find out more about their work, go here.
Starting on 28 July 2016 we raised money for NEDCare (North East Dartmoor Care). This is a relatively new organisation - based in the area just north of us - which has been set up to address a chronic lack of care for older people in their own homes. At The Cheese Shed James, Gill and I all have elderly parents - so we're very aware of the problems faced by this group, and the gaps in social care provision. NEDCare seems like just the sort of community-based, not for profit organisation we should be supporting. We hope you'll help us do that.
Fundraising ended on 7 December by which point we had recieved 386 £1 donations. This has been doubled up to make a figure of £772 for NEDCare.
From 18 January 2016 we supported the national housing charity Shelter. No-one can be unaware of what amounts to a national catastrophe around housing, most particulary around the issue of housing that is realistically affordable by people on modest or low incomes. Founded in 1966, Shelter has been leading on all issues to do with housing for 50 years and we're pleased to be able to offer them a little bit of support.
Fundraising ended on 28 July at which point our customers had donated £497. We've doubled this and rounded it up to a donation of £1000 which has been sent to Shelter.
Go here to learn more about their work.
Farms For City Children
Fundraising started on 21st September 2015 and raised a total of £532, which The Cheese Shed is doubling up to £1064. Children’s author Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare founded Farms for City Children at Nethercott House in Devon in 1976. The charity offers urban children from all over the country a unique opportunity to live and work together for a week at a time on a real farm in the heart of the countryside. It is an intense, ‘learning through doing’ experience of a different life – for children who may not know where their food comes from and have limited opportunities to explore the outside world. They have three working farms, where they welcome around 3,000 children and 400 teachers a year.
Go here to learn more about their work.
The Helen Foundation
The first charity we supported was The Helen Foundation, which raises funds to support arts activities for young people in our local area. We handed them a cheque for £700 on 18 September 2015.
Go here to read more about their work.