Buckinghamshire-based law firm B P Collins has announced the local causes to benefit from their stewardship fund in 2020 and 2021.
B P Collins’ fund has helped local charities and community projects over the last six years, supporting causes that align with their corporate social responsibility (CSR) values: building stronger communities, providing better futures and helping create safer lives.
This year, the five organisations they have chosen to benefit not only best reflect their CSR values, but they have also either struggled as a result of COVID-19 or have focused on helping local Bucks communities with issues caused by the pandemic.
Ordinarily, B P Collins staff vote to decide how much funding each organisation will receive over a charity lunch at their office in Gerrards Cross. However, due to the current restrictions prohibiting large gatherings, the chosen five charities and organisations submitted their applications online this year, in which they proposed how their donation from B P Collins would be spent. Staff from the law firm then voted remotely on which causes to support.
The result of the voting and the split of their funding is as follows:
Dash Charity, which provides a range of specialist and tailored support services to families experiencing domestic abuse in Windsor, Maidenhead and South Buckinghamshire. £4,000.
One Eighty, an innovative, and outcomes-driven therapeutic service that empowers young people and their families to improve their mental health and engage them with education. £3,000.
Art Beyond Belief, which improves the quality of life for sick, disadvantaged, vulnerable or marginalised people through the arts. £2,500.
Wycombe Multicultural Organisation, which fosters strong community cohesion within the High Wycombe area by working with local people and groups using the Hilltop Community Centre to promote educational, health, social inclusion and wellbeing activities for residents. £2,000.
Thames Valley Partnership: New Leaf, a criminal justice charity that provides support and guidance for vulnerable people. £1,225.
On receiving their funding, Dash Charity commented, “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on our charity, both in terms of our ability to fundraise and upon the clients we support. There has been a significant rise in incidents in domestic abuse across the area and we have seen referrals to our service double over the past period. We’re so grateful for the support of B P Collins during this challenging time and the grant will help us to continue to provide specialist one to one support to victims of domestic abuse within our community at a time they need it the most.”
Now in its sixth year, the B P Collins stewardship fund has donated over £62,000 to Buckinghamshire charities in partnership with Heart of Bucks, creating a lasting legacy.
“I’m delighted that the whole B P Collins team have been so involved with our work in the community this year, from volunteering their time to local charities to ‘virtually’ turning out in force to vote for causes that mean the most to them. We look forward to hearing how our donations will make a difference.”
– Simon Deans, senior partner, B P Collins
“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to again work with B P Collins in 2020. A larger distribution of grants is particularly important this year with the impact and disruption caused to local charities by the pandemic. Businesses like B P Collins make a huge difference to their local community and we are incredibly grateful for the continued support, interest and enthusiasm of their whole staff team.”
– Henry Allmand, CEO of Heart of Bucks