Community Matters

We’d like to shine a spotlight on charities and organisations that might not usually receive the recognition that they deserve. Our charitable foundation, Wider Community, pledged to donate £250 everyday in January via nominations.

A total of £5,500 was donated to charitable causes, in one month. Here are a few of our stories.

The Parenting Project

They used the donation to buy Lego to use in their support workshops with children and families.

St Nicholas Church (Dormston)

They are using the donation towards maintenance of their 700 year old church.

Parkinson’s UK

When I won the monthly draw (in my employment) I chose Parkinson’s UK as the charity for my donation to go to. This is because my husband had not long been diagnosed with the condition. The donation meant a lot to me, every penny they get goes towards finding a cure for this cruel disease”

Lisa Fusco, employee

Feeding Britain

I nominated Feeding Britain because they are an award-winning charity with a vision of a UK where no one goes hungry. Currently the cost of living is increasing and the more vulnerable families in our society are struggling to balance their budgets. Feeding Britain supports a national network of over 45 regional anti-hunger partnerships comprising more than 600 local organisations – ranging from community centres and schools, to local authorities and social enterprises.

I think it’s important that if we are able to contribute to this type of charity and offer help to those that are struggling to provide the most important basic of life - food, we should.

Darren Astbury, employee

Birmingham Children’s Hospital

I nominated Birmingham Children’s Hospital as they took really good care of my child when she had to have an ear operation in 2013 and the ongoing care and check ups were fantastic”


The Alzheimer’s Society

My father-in-law passed away recently from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Seeing first hand this terrible disease made me realise that each person diagnosed and their carers need as much support as possible. The Alzheimer’s Society provides support from diagnosis which our family found invaluable. They also fund research to find a cure which is desperately needed

Sally Capewell, employee


I nominated WellChild as it is a national charity based in Cheltenham who I have been aware of for many years mainly through their challenge events which they use to raise funds.

They do excellent work providing practical and emotional support for seriously ill children, young people and their families giving them the opportunity to be cared for at home


If you would like to nominate a charity that means a lot to you, please email