Charity briefs (24/06/2022)

With news on: Young Lives Foundation receives a boost from EMR; FCC and South Bucks Hospice host reuse shop; and, Fiveways supports Alzheimer’s Society with £60k donation; WEEE project wins £15,000 grant

Young Lives Foundation receives a boost from EMR

EMR Rochester, based on Medway City Estate, has reaffirmed its support for the Young Lives Foundation following a partnership created in 2021.

The metal recycler has given a further £1,000 donation, following a string of previous donations.

This will be used to allow six young people between the ages of 12 and 15 years to join a four-day sailing residential.

Through advocacy, mentoring and activities, the foundation aims to reduce social exclusion in young people across South East of England.

Christopher Saville, operations manager at EMR Rochester, awards donation to The Young Lives Foundation

Christopher Saville, operations manager at EMR Rochester, commented: “Having previously supported the Young Lives Foundation mentoring programmes, I have had the pleasure of seeing the amazing impact the foundation has on young people’s lives within our local community.

“Now more than ever, children and young adults find themselves in circumstances that are far beyond their years.”

This partnership was created as part of EMR’s Young Futures Reimagined initiative which aims to help young people across the country to build brighter futures.

FCC and South Bucks Hospice host reuse shop

FCC Environment and South Bucks Hospice hosted a pop-up reuse shop at an event last week (19 June).

Visitors could purchase pre-loved items at a bargain price. All the items on sale had been donated to the nearby reuse shop at Aston Clinton recycling centre.

The event raised a total of £3131.10 for South Bucks Hospice at Butterfly House, which supports patients living with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses.

Jackie Ward, chief executive officer for South Bucks Hospice, said: “I am so grateful for the dedication of our hospice shop team in helping to organise this event. Also, thank you to our partners, FCC Environment, for their great support in helping us to raise such a significant amount for our patients and their families.”

FCC and South Bucks Hospice are hosting another pop-up reuse shop at Stowe Gardens, Buckingham on Saturday 25th June 10am-5pm.

Fiveways supports Alzheimer’s Society with £60k donation

Fiveways Group has announced that it will be donating all the revenue generated from the hire of the company’s Dennis vehicle to Alzheimer’s Society, its chosen charity for 2022/23.

Hiring the Dennis 6×2 narrow rear steer vehicle is expected to raise over £60,000 for Alzheimer’s Society over the course of the year.

The vehicle is fitted with Fiveways’ patented LED digital screens designed to convey marketing messages to a target audience in real time. This mobile advertising space can be used by local authorities and other customers to promote initiatives and services or generate additional revenue from the sale of screen time.

Fiveways group announced it will be donating £60,000 to Alzheimer’s Society

Commenting on the decision to support Alzheimer’s Society, Fiveways’ Head of Development, Emma Cheesman, said: “Someone in the UK is diagnosed with dementia every three minutes. This donation will enable Alzheimer’s Society to provide additional help to the 900,000 people living with dementia and support research.”

The Fiveways vehicle is being exhibited at the Road Transport Expo, NAEC Stoneleigh Warwickshire, from 30th June – 2nd July 2022. Bookings for the vehicle are being taken from August 2022 to September 2023.

Katie Surridge wins £15,000 for WEEE project

Essex-based sculptor Katie Surridge has been announced as the winner of the fourth DARE Art Prize.

The prize is part of DARE partnership between the University of Leeds and Opera North, and in association with the National Science and Media Museum and The Tetley, Leeds.

Katie Surridge casting steel from a traditional Japanese furnace

Katie’s DARE Art Prize proposal addresses the problem of e-waste: the valuable resources including gold, silver, copper, platinum, aluminium and cobalt present in discarded electronic devices.

In 2021, 57.4 million metric tonnes of e-waste were generated, with annual wastage growing by an average of 2 million tonnes a year.

Katie said: “My DARE project will transport me from the Iron Age back to the present, where I will be looking at extracting metal from e-waste using microbes. I want to start with public workshops, collecting the stories of people who donate the e-waste, then go on to build machines to crush the appliances, eventually ending up with a metal-rich liquid which will be used to electroplate sculptures.”

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