11 December 2019
B P Collins donates thousands to local causes across Buckinghamshire
Law firm B P Collins has donated £10,000 to local causes in Buckinghamshire after launching a stewardship fund, in conjunction with Heart of Bucks, a community foundation. The fund attracted applications from across the county. The four organisations shortlisted, best reflected B P Collins’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) values, which are building stronger communities, providing better futures and creating safer lives. They were invited to meet over 100 B P Collins’ staff at their office in Gerrards Cross, who then voted for their favourite charity, enabling everyone to have a say on the amount of funding each organisation should receive.
The winning causes were:
Connection Support in Aylesbury and High Wycombe, which supports people facing complex life challenges, received £3500;
Hills Café in High Wycombe, which is a not for profit community café set up to respond to the social and employment needs of the immediate area, received £2000;
Wycombe Refugee Partnership, which helps help destitute refugee families, received £2000;
Chiltern Rangers in High Wycombe, which is a social enterprise working with local communities to provide practical habitat management of woodlands, chalk grassland, commons, ponds and chalk streams, received £1500.
Simon Deans, senior partner, B P Collins said: “B P Collins has developed deep roots in the local community since it was founded 53 years ago. We have such a diverse range of local causes in Buckinghamshire, which are working so hard to make a positive social impact, improve lives and create a more sustainable environment and we are pleased that we can help them continue their sterling work. Our staff were so inspired by what they heard when they met each charity. We hope our donations can make a difference.”
Rob Williams, Operational Lead at Padstones Supported Housing, which is managed by Connection Support said: “The wonderful donation from B P Collins will provide a much-needed resource for young people who have gained employment and are working towards moving out of supported housing to live independently. Some of our young people find that once they gain employment, the reduction in their benefits acts as a barrier to finally securing their own place to live. This generous donation will reduce the financial burden placed on Padstones clients when they enter employment.”
Henry Allmand, Chief Executive of Heart of Bucks added: “Heart of Bucks is delighted to have been involved in distributing B P Collins’ donation to four local causes. Businesses like B P Collins make a big impact in the local community and we’re grateful for their continued support”.
Now in its 5th year, the B P Collins’ stewardship fund has donated £50,000 to Buckinghamshire charities.
Notes to editors:
The remaining donations from B P Collins will be spent on:
Hills Café is a not for profit community café which was set up to respond to the social and employment needs of the immediate area. It aims to provide a welcoming place where volunteers can gain useful and transferable skills, and to challenge the negative perceptions of Micklefield by co-producing a high quality and well-resourced cafe. It is faced with an uphill battle of keeping the infrastructure up to date to support the continued use of the café. The money from B P Collins will help it to upgrade its facilities, and ensure the café continues to be a safe, welcoming, functional place for people to meet and sustain its community work. To follow its progress and find out more about its social and community aims please visit: Facebook @HillsCafeMicklefield.
Wycombe Refugee Partnership
Wycombe Refugee Partnership depends on the passionate dedication of its volunteers and they are made more productive by the support of our part-time paid administrator. The grant will go towards funding increased hours for that post and so will enable it to offer its beneficiaries a more efficient and co-ordinated service.
The B P Collins funding will contribute to the Chiltern Rangers community hub’s eco building credentials, paying for the bird and bat brick houses. These will be an integral part of the building - helping provide birds such as swifts and house sparrows with vital breeding habitat- both are declining in this area.
About B P Collins
B P Collins is the first law firm in the country to achieve gold status in the national Corporate Social Responsibility Accreditation scheme which recognises CSR efforts in the environmental, community, workplace and philanthropy arenas. B P Collins was also awarded silver by the International CSR Excellence Awards which were held at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London in July 2019. Heart of Bucks, a community foundation for Buckinghamshire which is dedicated to improving the lives of people in the local area, also received £1000 from B P Collins.