I think it is important for businesses to make a positive contribution to their local communities. So running my own company gives me the opportunity to put my money where my mouth is.
Here is what I do:
- I allocate two days a month to working free of charge with local voluntary and community organisations who would otherwise not be able to afford my help.
- I donate 10% of my pre-tax profits to my chosen charity or charities of the year and undertake other fundraising activities for those charities whenever I can.
- I write a wide range of articles and publications and make them freely available via this website to any individual or organisation that can benefit from them.
- I try to keep my carbon footprint down by using technology rather than travel. And when I need to go somewhere, I use public transport where possible.
When I’m not doing Sockmonkey-related things, I volunteer as the fundraising coordinator for the RNLI Portishead Lifeboat Station, where I lead a team of fifty enthusiastic fundraising volunteers. I’m also a member of the station’s management committee.
I am an operational responder and incident controller for the Wessex 4×4 Response charity, which provides logistical support to the emergency services and other public sector organisations in adverse conditions. And I’m a governor at the fantastic Ravenswood School, which welcomes young people from the ages of 3 to 19 with unique and complex needs.
If you are a voluntary or community organisation in the Bristol area and you think that I might be able to help you, then please feel free to get in touch. I would be more than happy to provide any assistance that I can.