Why we're supporting Scope
Every 10 minutes in the UK, a family finds out their child is disabled which can be an incredibly stressful time for parents, who often don't know where to turn or what it means for their child's future.
Over the last five years, Safestore has helped our “Charity of the Year”, Scope, save money by providing free storage which gives the charity space for its archives as well as space to store and sort through stock donations for sale in its local retail outlets.
In addition to the provision of free storage space we are delighted to support Scope with our colleagues, our customers and the wider community who took part in a month long 'Great Donate' campaign in July 2015 where bags of donated stock, including clothing, toys and bric-a-brac, were collected in our stores for Scope’s local charity shops.
Mark Atkinson, Chief Executive at Scope said: "We’re very pleased to partner with Safestore again this year, during which time our partnership has continued to evolve. As well as donating storage worth thousands of pounds, Safestore staff took part in our very successful month-long Great Donate campaign, running donation collection points in store. Being able to drop donated items at their local Safestore made it even more convenient for people to donate to Scope and to generate much needed stock for our charity shops, at an estimated value of £29,000.
Scope provides support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people and their families every year and we raise awareness of the issues that matter. Among other things, we play a vital role in supporting families when they first receive a diagnosis and during a child’s crucial early years. Our partnership with Safestore enables us reach even more of these families. We would like to say a special thank you to Safestore for their valuable support this year. We look forward to working with them again in 2016."
Variety, the Children's Charity - update
During November 2015, Safestore, the UK’s largest self-storage company, invited the local public to donate new items, such as toys, games and stationery, to their nearest Safestore or Space Maker branch.
The items were then packaged up and donated to Variety, the Children’s Charity, which distributed the gifts to sick, disabled and disadvantaged children across the region over Christmas.
Jason Lewis, Chief Barker at Variety, the Children’s Charity, said: “We are hugely grateful to Safestore for launching this appeal, and of course the generous public who have donated the gifts. These donations will greatly improve Christmas Day for the sick, disabled and disadvantaged children that Variety, the Children’s Charity helps support throughout the year.”
Variety provide wheelchairs, support networks, days out, equipment grants and much more for children with a diverse range of needs across the UK.
Safestore Charity Champions
As part of our ongoing commitment to engage our colleagues about CSR initiatives, Safestore were proud to introduce Charity Champions in 2013. These inspiring individuals act as an ambassador for the stores within their region, encourage fundraising activities and engage with the local community and charities throughout the year.
"Working with local charities helps foster a positive engagement with the community, whilst helping build a positive brand awareness. We are also hoping to engage our teams to work together for a common cause and therefore improve team spirit."
- John Clark, Store Manager at Sunderland
Safestore centres across the UK
Hands On, Wrap Up London
As temperatures began to drop in the capital over the winter period, Londoners were asked to come together and donate an unwanted coat to someone in need for Hands On London’s Wrap Up London coat drive.
During November 2015, Wrap Up London collected over 13,900 coats which were distributed to over 100 different organisations which support various homeless shelters, women's refuges, youth centres, refugee support groups, care homes and centres for the elderly.
Four London Safestore stores (Pentonville Road, Notting Hill, Clapham and Bermondsey) acted as drop off points for the coats where volunteers were able to count, sort and package up the coats for distribution.
Jon Meech, CEO, Hands on London said "Safestore have been a key partner for Wrap up London since the project started in 2011 and we’re really grateful for the invaluable free storage space provided at four stores across London. This support had a huge impact on the coat collection campaign as it allowed us to collect, store and sort all the collected coats so that they could easily be distributed to people across the capital. Thank you Safestore!"
Trinity - The Big SleepOut
Last Friday saw some of our colleagues and the Marketing team spend the night of Friday 4th December 2015 sleeping rough at Hillingdon Stadium in support of Trinity Homeless’ Big SleepOut – a fundraiser for homeless Londoners.
Safestore supported the campaign by donating cardboard boxes and mattress protectors to the 1,000 participants who bravely faced Storm Desmond, with those from Safestore raising nearly £600!!
Andy Robertson, Communications Manager at Trinity said: "It’s absolutely brilliant that Safestore have been moved to take part again in this year’s Big SleepOut. By providing boxes for our SleepOut participants, Safestore are playing a major role in this years’ event – cardboard boxes represent rough sleeping in such an iconic way, and we are hugely grateful for Safestore’s support with this campaign".
Well done to Aycan from Wood Green and Ajit, Andreea, Matthew and Asif from Battersea Park who took part in the big event.