It is my firm view that companies should operate ethically and that they should seek to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they operate. Running my own consultancy practice gives me the opportunity to put these convictions into action. One way in which I do this is through my commitment to donate 10% of the company’s pre-tax profits to support local charities.
Having had a great year in 2014, I am extremely pleased that Sockmonkey has been able to support three organisations that do valuable work in Somerset and further afield:
- the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Portishead appeal;
- Kids Company; and
- the Fishermen’s Mission.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that saves lives at sea. It is in the process of adopting the existing independent lifeboat at Portishead, just down the road from where Sockmonkey is based, and is raising funds to build a new boathouse and training facility. This will allow the lifeboat to be launched at all stages of the tide and will provide the volunteer crew with the facilities that it deserves. Find out more about the fundraising appeal here.
Kids Company provides practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people. It works with the most deprived children and those at risk, whose parents are unable to care for them due to their own practical and emotional challenges, providing a safe, caring, family environment where support is tailored to the needs of each individual. Kids Company Bristol was established in 2013 and now operates out of six centres across the city. Find out more about the charity’s work here.
The Fishermen’s Mission works with fishermen and their families to provide emergency support alongside practical, financial, spiritual and emotional care. This includes offering immediate assistance to the families of fishermen who have been killed or seriously injured, looking after the survivors of fishing boat accidents, supporting fishermen’s families in the case of illness, distress or financial difficulties and alleviating loneliness by visiting retired fishermen and their families at home or in hospital. Find out more here.