4Com are delighted to announce that Ashley’s Birthday Bank are their 2017 charity partner and will be the recipients of up to £40,000. The money will be raised by 4Com staff completing their Isle of Wight Challenge on 15th July.
The charity, who are located near 4Com’s Headquarters in Christchurch Dorset, based their application on their “New Start” project which helps to set up new homes for families in need, such as victims of human trafficking, or those who have experienced neglect, abuse or poverty.
The New Start project aims to provide these families with essentials which they would otherwise do without, such as a cooker, a fridge, a bed and a mattress to help them come to terms with their past and to try to build a safe, happy and healthy future for their family.
4Com’s Chairman and MD, Daron Hutt said, “Congratulations to Ashley’s Birthday Bank on being our charity partner this year. As a charity, they are doing incredibly important work with some of the most vulnerable people in our society. What is impressive is that they do this work without the benefit of any paid employees. I’m looking forward to 4Com getting to know them and their work better in the coming weeks and months.”
“I’d also like to thank and commend all of the other charities that applied this year; we had an incredibly difficult time making the shortlist of 6 from over 30 applicants and I know the team here had a tough job in picking the winner.”
Anna Selby, Trustee at Ashley’s Birthday Bank, commented “We are truly overwhelmed to have been voted as 4Com’s Charity of the Year; we are a very small, voluntary run charity, and every penny raised and item donated goes directly to local families in need, so this is massive for both us and them.
“We will now be able to provide brand new household goods to help these families – many of whom have escaped domestic violence, poverty and neglect; this service will enable them to build new lives and homes. Our referrals come directly from Social Workers, Family Support Workers, Police Liaison Officers and Pastoral Care Workers, so are all in genuine need of support.”