Make–A–Wish Foundation® UK – Our First Ever "Charity Of The Year" For 2012
At Hippychick we’re committed to improving the quality of family life and to making it fun, which is why we were so delighted to have tied up with the fantastic Make-A-Wish as our first ever ‘Charity of the Year’ in 2012. We managed to raise well over £11,000 by the end of the year with fundraising initiatives including sky diving by two brave members of the Hippychick team, a constantly full clothing bank, coffee mornings, and donations linked to sales of Wheelybugs and Hipseats.
Laura Fisher at Make-A-Wish summed it up: “Thank you so much for all your support over the last year and for sending across the highlights of your campaign. We really do not under estimate the achievement. Hippychick have done so well and from a standing start to raise over £11k is really terrific!”
Hippychick were delighted to have paid for the monthly maintenance, including clean filters and uv lamps, of a Water House in a secondary school, located in one of the deprived areas of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Water Houses are connected to the main city water system. Sadly the pipes within the city are very old and unclean, and therefore contaminate the water. The Water Houses provide a system of filters and uv lamps which purify the water to provide clean drinking water for the children. According to Field Director, Philippa Vernon-Powell, this particular Water House provided approximately 1,168,000 cups of clean drinking water a year to the 1,340 students and teachers! https://www.facebook.com/newlifemexicoFor fifteen years a percentage of all of our profits went to New Life Mexico – an award winning British Charity - which supports vulnerable children and young people in Mexico through health, education and social programmes. To find out more about the work of this amazing charity go to www.newlifemexico.com.
National and Local
We supported the National Charity, Epilepsy Action, through sales of our best selling Dream Tubes brand this year from May 17, the start of National Epilepsy Week, through to June 17 2015. We were delighted to help, albeit in a very small way, raise funds for their vital work in helping the estimated 600,000 affected by the condition in the UK. www.epilepsy.org.uk.
From time to time we hold very popular end of line sales at our office (keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages for details!) with a share of sales going direct to the NSPCC, www.nspcc.org.uk and local, Somerset based St Margaret’s Hospice, www.somerset-hospice.org.uk. Three members of the Hippychick team (Julia, Frances and Rose) recently trained hard and took part in a Triathlon to raise money for the NSPCC.
We are also huge admirers of the work done by another local charity, the voluntarily run adoption agency, Families for Children www.familiesforchildren.org.uk. This inspiring organisation has in the last five years alone, placed over 200 children from throughout the UK who have experienced loss and upheaval, with stable and loving families in Devon, Dorset and Cornwall.
We try to support this wonderful work in whatever way we can. The children they place are from all over the UK and are found new adoptive families in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Many of the children placed are vulnerable and have complex extra needs resulting from early childhood traumatic experiences, including abuse, neglect or extreme changes in their lives. Jeremy recently pushed himself to new physical limits doing their sponsored Two Moors Walk – from the South Devon to the North Devon Coast – a whopping 116 miles in 3 days, with Julia helping to organise fundraising events and activities! A huge thank you to all the kind friends, customers and businesses who helped us raise many thousands!
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