BDB has always been committed to supporting charities, and 2017 is no different. However, this year, the team has decided to choose just one charity to dedicate our time and support. While in recent years, BDB has pledged to help a different cause each month, this time we’re hoping to make a real difference for our chosen charity: Seashell Trust.
Why the Seashell Trust?
Based in Cheadle Hulme, the Seashell Trust provides support to children and adults with complex and severe learning disabilities. The charity is dedicated to ensuring a happy, creative and secure environment for students between the ages of 2 and 25, who mostly have little or no language abilities. Offering either residential care or short break facilities, the school, college and residential care homes help to promote confidence and independence with tailored programmes.
How can we help?
One of the Seashell Trust’s important values is that communication underpins everything it does – a phrase that we often use at BDB, too. Which is why our fundraising efforts this year will focus on helping the Seashell Trust to build its assistive technology resources. This equipment is essential to teaching the students independence and encouraging them to interact with others. In the past, a 3D printer and sensory equipment have proved effective in furthering the students’ abilities.
Matt Smith, Managing Director at BDB, comments: “We have always been committed to supporting charities and we are hoping to make a real difference for our chosen charity: Seashell Trust. We decided to support this charity for the amazing work that it does helping children and young adults from the local community. Having seen the dramatic difference assistive technology has had in the past with helping the students, we look forward to raising money to support them in their future learning.”
Dominic Tinner, Head of Fundraising, at Seashell Trust said: “To have BDB on board as a corporate partner will not only raise much-needed funds for our work but it will also enable us to develop our external communications to help raise our profile.”
We’ve set ourselves an ambitious plan – we aim to raise over £3,000 over the course of 2017, through a range of charitable initiatives. The BDB team has already begun its mission, kicking off the New Year with a swimathon. Next on the list is the Great Manchester Run on 28 May, where an eight-strong team will be taking on the Business Challenge – with all proceeds going to the Seashell Trust. Visit our fundraising page to donate to our 2017 charity of choice, or stay tuned to see what other charitable initiatives we have planned next.