20 Charities for 20 Years

As we celebrate 20 years of sustainable engineering design and our commitment to supporting local communities, we are delighted to be inviting 20 of our charity partners to join us for a celebratory afternoon tea and special presentation thanking them for the vital work they do. 

Taking place on the 1st of May, the special event will host both local and national charities that we are proud to work in partnership with and support as part of our commitment to social value.  

The charities attending our 20th anniversary celebration are: 

1. Ocean Conservation Trust 

Their aim is to restore and protect the Ocean, centred around people and positive action with a focus on pro-Ocean behaviour and habitat restoration. Inspiring Ocean advocacy through connections with nature, combined with ground-breaking work protecting & restoring vital Ocean habitats. They work tirelessly to connect people to the Ocean and influence pro-Ocean behaviour. 

https://oceanconservationtrust.org/  

2. Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity helps the NHS services to do more. Diagnose and treat patients faster, make families and loved ones more comfortable and provide specialist training. They use funding to buy advanced equipment, provide better healing environments and support critical research.  

https://charity.royalcornwallhospitals.nhs.uk

3. Rowcroft Hospice 

Committed to making every day the best day possible for people living with life-limiting illnesses across South Devon, and providing comfort and support to families coping with the hardest days. 

Irrespective of diagnosis or circumstance Rowcroft Hospice want to be there for you – our services are available to all those living with a life-limiting illness over 18 years old, and their families, completely free of charge. 

https://rowcrofthospice.org.uk/  

4. Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity 

The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice for Wales is based at the University Hospital of Wales at the Heath Park site and provides secondary care for the children of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan and tertiary care for children across Mid, West and South Wales. 

https://noahsarkcharity.org/  

5. British Divers Marine Life Rescue 

Every year, BDMLR trains over 1000 volunteer Marine Mammal Medics and has over 25 whale re-floatation pontoons located at strategic points throughout the UK, waiting to help stranded whales and dolphins. Medics are trained to provide them with the basic knowledge, skills and expertise to enable them to respond to a callout and act on behalf of that animal’s best welfare interests. 

https://bdmlr.org.uk/  

6. Baby Bank Exeter 

Baby Bank Network Exeter has been created to help alleviate child poverty. The organisation serves to bring together health care professionals, charities, local businesses and members of the public to address the relief of poverty at a local level. 

The Baby Bank collect good quality pre-loved and new baby items donated by members of our community and then re-distribute them to families in need, free of charge, via a referral system through their health visitors, social workers, or support workers. 

https://babybankexeter.com/  

7. YMCA Plymouth 

YMCA Plymouth is an education, health & families charity, serving young people and the local community. YMCA believes in fairness and opportunity. They believe that all young people should have access to the essential building blocks for a full and rewarding life: a safe home; acceptance; guidance; friendship; physical and mental health; academic support; employment skills; and access to real opportunities. YMCA provides these critical foundations for a fresh, strong start for young people and a better quality of life in the community. 

https://www.ymcaplymouth.org.uk/  

8. Plymouth Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club 

Their purpose is to facilitate veterans and serving Armed Forces personnel to meet face to face in a relaxed, safe, social environment to enjoy breakfast and banter, to combat loneliness and allow veterans to “return to the tribe”. 

https://www.afvbc.net/find-a-club/plymouth/  

9. St Luke’s Hospice 

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is an independent charity providing specialist care and support to people with progressive life-limiting illnesses in Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall. We believe that everyone deserves quality end of life care, no matter where. 

Their vision is a community where no person has to die alone, in pain or distress. 

https://www.stlukes-hospice.org/  

10. Children’s Hospice South West 

For more than 30 years Children’s Hospice South West has been caring for children and young people with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions by providing hospice care and professional family support services. The care offered at each of their 3 hospices is not just about medical and nursing support for sick children and young people but enriching the lives of them and their whole family. 

https://www.chsw.org.uk/  

11. Shekinah 

For over 30 years, Shekinah have supported people to build positive lives and futures by helping to find accommodation, assisting improved physical and mental wellbeing, providing training and personal development opportunities, and giving practical support to find employment. 

https://shekinah.co.uk/  

12. The Grand Appeal 

The dedicated charity of Bristol Childrens Hospital. They are committed to saving the lives of sick children and supporting their families. They have one vision for the future: to ensure every sick child and baby from across the Southwest has access to the very best care, 365 days a year.  

https://www.grandappeal.org.uk/  

13. Bristol Animal Rescue Centre 

The main rescue centre taking in stray animals in Bristol and are proud to hold the stray dog contract with Bristol City Council. They do everything they can to reunite lost pets with their families. Those who are not claimed are welcomed into their care, and they work tirelessly to find the perfect new loving family for them. 

https://www.bristolarc.org.uk/  

14. The Julian Trust 

Serving the needs of homeless and vulnerable people in Bristol the Julian Trust offers men and women who have nowhere else to go human contact and the basic needs of food, warmth and an emergency bed for the night – without any forms to fill in or questions to be answered.   

https://www.juliantrust.org.uk/  

15. Promoting Children in Plymouth 

Promoting Children in Plymouth (PCiP) spearheads Plymouth Drake Foundation’s specific mission to eradicate the social injustice, ill-health and misery caused by child poverty in Plymouth. It brings together the public, private and third sectors to ensure that, as a city acting in unison, we remain dedicated to making a difference throughout a young person’s early life. 

https://www.pcip.org.uk/  

16. Huggard 

Supporting individuals who are living on the streets, sofa surfing or experiencing homelessness in Cardiff. Open 24/7 in the heart of the city centre, their Critical Intervention Hub is a safe space where clients can access emergency accommodation and a range of specialist services designed to support them in rebuilding their lives – to have a future again.    

https://www.huggard.org.uk/  

17. Cardiff & Vale Health Charity 

The official charity of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board which supports all the wards, departments, hospitals, community services and research areas throughout Cardiff and The Vale of Glamorgan. The Health Charity manages over 300 funds for equipment, research, treatment and patient care so that donations can support work and projects over and above what normal NHS funding provides. Providing cutting-edge research and equipment is central to our charitable role. 

https://healthcharity.wales/  

18. Hospital Radio Exeter 

Hospital Radio Exeter is the Radio Station for the patients of the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford) and residents of Care Homes in the Exeter area. Manned by volunteers and run through donations and fundraising activities.  

https://www.hospitalradioexeter.com/ 

19. Farms for City Children 

Farms for City Children is a charity enabling children from disadvantaged communities to experience the adventure of working together on our farms in the heart of the British countryside. Children are immersed in a totally new world, far away from their everyday life. A world with birdsong, clear starry skies, fresh air, real food and plenty of mud. A world where you can see, hear, smell, touch and taste the possibility. It’s a profound experience that will stay with them for life. 

https://farmsforcitychildren.org/ 

20. The Wave Project 

The Wave project improve children’s mental health and wellbeing through their award-winning Surf Therapy programme. An evidence-based programme that enables children and young people to build confidence and overcome anxiety barriers through surfing. They deliver personal surf lessons for people with disabilities who require additional support through three specialist Adaptive Surfing Hubs in Cornwall, North Devon and North Yorkshire. They also partner with local schools to offer specialist education programmes to enable pupils to learn outside the classroom, including Beach School, Surf Back to School and Wave Rangers projects. 

https://www.waveproject.co.uk/  

With thanks to Helen Lisk for capturing the event in photographs