Simon Dixon, Founder and CEO of Hatmill said:
“Doing good business is not just about financial success. Giving back is fundamental to our values at Hatmill. We’ve always supported charities close to the hearts of our team with a variety of activities as well as partnering with Greggs to provide free breakfasts for school children.”
“We genuinely care about helping to build a brighter future for our clients, colleagues and our local communities. We’re delighted to support these very deserving charities chosen by our team and look forward to supporting them both financially and by giving ‘in kind’ as Hatmill’s charities of the year.”
Carla Priddon, Read Easy UK said:
“We’re so grateful to the team at Hatmill for their generous donation to help adults learn to read. The money will enable us to continue to subsidise training for volunteer coaches. Last year Read Easy helped 943 adults learn to read. This year, with Hatmill’s support, we will be able to achieve our ambition of making a difference for more than 1,500 adults.”
About the charities
British Beekeepers Assocation
Championing the importance of bees in our ecosystem, The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) dedicates itself to the promotion of beekeeping and the protection of our vital pollinators. As the buzzing heart of a community passionate about bees, BBKA provides training, supports research, and advocates for sustainable practices. Through its extensive network of members and local associations, the BBKA not only educates the public about the significance of bees but also ensures that the legacy of beekeeping thrives in the UK.
Originating from the experiences of parents with children having special needs, Leeds-based Little Hiccups offers a sanctuary of support. From ‘Stay n’ Play’ sessions and monthly Family Fun Days to accessible hydrotherapy and equipment rentals like all-terrain buggies, the charity meets varied needs. Their outreach extends to emotional assistance, providing counselling, Compassion Packs during crises, and a community of understanding and solidarity.
Motor Neurone Disease Association
Established to champion the rights and needs of those affected by Motor Neurone Disease (MND), the Motor Neurone Disease Association dedicates itself to research, advocacy, and vital support services. As a beacon of hope for many facing the challenges of MND, the association works tirelessly to accelerate research efforts and enhance care and support for patients and their families. Through its network of passionate volunteers, fundraisers, and supporters, the association continues to raise awareness and drive forward its mission to end MND for good.
As the sole national body providing volunteer-driven reading coaching for adults, Read Easy UK stands out in its commitment to adult literacy. Offering free, confidential, and one-on-one sessions, the organisation recognises the unique challenges faced by many adult learners, especially those with past negative educational experiences. Utilising the effective “Turning Pages” phonics-based programme, learners’ journey through two years of tailored instruction, complemented by graded reading books designed for adults. Through fostering a personal connection between Coach and Reader, Read Easy not only nurtures reading skills but also significantly boosts self-esteem, unveiling a world of opportunities previously inaccessible to its learners.
St Peter’s Hospice
Serving as a beacon of hope and solace, St Peter’s Hospice annually touches the lives of thousands facing life-limiting illnesses. From pain management to bereavement support, their dedicated 24/7 team provides unwavering assistance both within their state-of-the-art Inpatient Unit and remotely, adapting even to online platforms amidst challenges like the pandemic. An epitome of clinical and educational excellence, the Hospice extends its expertise to other healthcare entities, ensuring comprehensive end-of-life care. Remarkably, the community funds 78% of their operations, emphasizing the Hospice’s reliance on generous contributions, shopping, and volunteers. As they rightly proclaim, #weareyourhospice.
The Clothing Bank
Founded in January 2020 by Susan Bell and Sally Parkinson, The Clothing Bank began as a grassroots initiative to address clothing poverty. From modest beginnings using friends’ homes as drop-off points, it rapidly expanded, driven by a community of over 51,000 supporters. The organisation has since provided quality clothing to thousands, highlighting the pervasive issue of clothing scarcity in the UK. With an increasing network across Yorkshire and support from local firms, The Clothing Bank is not just giving clothes, but also restoring confidence and dignity to those who need it most.