We have been proudly partnered with a number of national charities over the years and we are currently supporting two causes as our corporate charity partners – Together for Short Lives in the UK and Barretstown in Ireland - as well as supporting the British Heart Foundation through donations of furniture.
Together for Short Lives is the UK charity that is here to make sure the 99,000 seriously ill children and their families can make the most of every moment they have together – whether that’s for years, months or only hours. Many of these children have complex conditions and need specialist care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Together for Short Lives stands alongside families, supporting them to make sure they get the vital care and help that they need.
Since our partnership began in 2016, we have raised an incredible £1,300,000 through a mixture of guest donations, corporate match-funding and staff fundraising. We also donate 25 short breaks to Together for Short Lives each year for families needing to spend some special time together. As part of our partnership, each of our villages is linked to a nearby children’s hospice – the majority of funds raised on those villages are donated directly to the hospice, and the team also help out with volunteering days.
Our partnered hospices are:
Barretstown, based in County Kildare in Ireland, offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness, supported behind the scenes by 24-hour on-site medical and nursing care. All the children and families come to Barretstown free of charge. Everything, including accommodation, food and medical assistance, is provided at no cost to the family. Barretstown is recognised as a centre of excellence in childhood cancer care and other serious illnesses. Their aim is to rebuild the lives of children affected by serious illness, and their families, through a life-changing Therapeutic Recreation programme in a safe, fun and supportive environment. They believe that every child with a serious illness should enjoy their childhood.
The charity was set up by American actor Paul Newman with the goal of letting children living with serious illness simply be children and have fun. As well as offering camps for the whole family, they also offer sibling camps, bereavement camps and camps for children, giving them independence within a safe setting.
Since our partnership began in 2019, we have raised almost €150,000 through a mixture of guest donations, corporate match-funding and staff fundraising. The team have also got involved with volunteering, including supporting Barretstown’s virtual camps during the COVID-19 pandemic by delivering activity kits to families across Ireland and even moving into the camp for two weeks to help out with sessions.
We began working with the British Heart Foundation in 2016, donating furniture and electrical equipment as we refurbish accommodation. These items would otherwise be disposed of, and we’re thrilled that we can help give them a new life while also helping to raise funds for research into heart and circulatory diseases. To date, our furniture donations have raised more than £550,000 and more than 440 tonnes of furniture have been reused, rather than being sent to landfill.
Each year, we also select a number of smaller charities to work with. These charities share our ethos of keeping families together and we donate a number of breaks for them to allocate to families in need of some special time away together. We are proud that we have been partnered with some of these charities for more than a decade, helping dozens of families make precious memories together. Our charity partners for 2021/22 are: