I’m sure most of us have a pet charity or two that we support - with The Society’s position of treating all members fairly we do not acquiesce to the many requests we get from members, as if we accepted one we would have to accept them all, which would clearly be untenable.
As a Society we use a very limited budget to support two charities in kind, namely the Stevenage Community Trust, working to help those in our local area that need help, and The Benevolent (The Drinks Trade Charity) which works to support those in our industry going through hardship, whether financial, practical and emotional support to those in our trade who need it. Indeed my family has benefited from assistance from The Benevolent during an ongoing mental health crisis for one of my children, and I know other colleagues have too.
But of course many of our staff are fundraisers, and to this end we have organised two events this year. The first is for 20 colleagues to walk a 26 mile section of the South Downs Way - our friends at Nyetimber are giving us a sparkling send-off with bacon butties on the morning of Friday 19th May and our friends at Ridgeview are greeting us atop Ditchling Beacon as we finish with a celebratory glass!
We’re already in training - here’s a picture of some hardy souls (Steve, Liz, Jo, Jan and Sadie with Joan taking the snap) in the nearby Chilterns around Ivinghoe Beacon as the recent snows subsided …
… and here are Mark, Rosie, Sam, Steve, Jan, Emma, Ben … and Molly (pic again by Joan) in the Barton Hills, the very last outpost of the Chilterns before flat Bedfordshire!
Via this thread we hope that Community members can let others know of any charitable causes they may be involved with, which would allow for members to donate to causes that chime with them.
Here’s the link to our fundraising page, should anyone wish to donate. Please note that this has been set up by the walkers themselves, rather than The Society.
A team will also be doing the Yorkshire Three Peaks this summer, but more on that later.
Looking forward to hear about others’ endeavours!