The Worshipful Company of Marketors today announces the six recipients of its annual Charity Grants programme. The charities Been There and Sutton Night Watch have each been awarded the top grant of £10,000. In addition, Abbotshall Healthy Lifestyle Centre, The Pelvic Partnership, Surrey Search and Rescue and United African Association have each been awarded £2,500. Now in its second year, the programme inspires and enables smaller charities to run marketing campaigns in support of their causes. Funded by The Marketors’ Trust, its aim is to help smaller charities that may have great ideas about marketing campaigns they would like to run but lack the funds to do so. In addition, each of the six charities are being offered advice and support from Worshipful Company of Marketors’ Outreach team.
Been There is a charity that offers free 1-to-1 mentoring for adults whose mental health is suffering because of body image issues. This is a growing problem in the UK. 61% of Brits feel negative about their body image and 1 in 8 have had suicidal thoughts because of it (Source: Mental Health Foundation 2019). Founded by Tessa Peters in 2021, after her own struggles with bulimia and body image, the charity’s trial launch in Q1 2022 has seen very positive feedback from the 40 Mentees it has helped/is helping already. It provides a safe space to chat and heal, knowing someone who ‘gets it’ is only a message away. Their grant of £10,000 will be used for a marketing campaign #BeenThereForMe with the objectives to raise brand awareness and donate.
Sutton Night Watch was set up to support and raise awareness for the homeless and vulnerable people within the London Borough of Sutton and surrounding areas. It has full-time premises offering food and clothing supplies, as well as other services including online access to job/health services, showers, clothes washing facilities and a full-time kitchen. Their grant of £10,000 will be used for their 55 Appeal to revitalise the charity’s website to increase reach and reputation, revamp the charity’s digital presence across other channels and fully integrate digital fundraising.
Abbotshall Healthy Lifestyle Centre is a small charity based in the heart of Catford, London. It operates as a community centre with the aim of provide an environment that through physical activity, creativity and connection supports and celebrates healthy living for all in the community. It creates a safe, welcome and warm space to provide support through the provision of activities. Their grant of £2,500 will be used for a digital fundraising campaign for the Friends of Abbotshall membership scheme for local individuals.
The Pelvic Partnership is a small charity offering support and information to women and birthing people experiencing pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP). PGP affects up to half of all women during and/or after pregnancy, causing pain, immobility and associated mental health impacts for some women. Fortunately, PGP can be safely and effectively treated with individualised hands-on treatment including manual therapy, such as physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic care. Their grant of £2,500 will be used to support an awareness campaign centred on early intervention to help women become pain-free.
Surrey Search and Rescue is a 100% voluntary specialist search team which assists the emergency services find missing vulnerable adults and children. The team are on-call 24 hours a day with 80+ people and search dogs, to respond across Surrey and surrounding areas. The team are trained to find and give first aid to lost, missing or vulnerable people and evacuate them to safety. Their grant of £2,500 will be used for an awareness raising campaign in the local community.
United African Association’s main purpose is prevention or relief of poverty in Northampton through the provision of African food parcels, non-food essentials such as personal and household essentials, clothing and other items and services to individuals in need and/or charities and other organisations working to prevent or relieve poverty. Their grant of £2,500 will be used to raise awareness of their foodbank campaign and increase donation levels.