How we supported the local community and charities last year
Every year, we commit a percentage of our annual turnover to proudly supporting a number of local charitable projects in and around Northamptonshire.
Last year, we were able to donate an incredible £25,000 towards several different local events, charities and community projects. These included our University of Northampton scholarship scheme, continuing our work with Workbridge, helping MHA with their ‘Live at Home’ scheme, donating money to various charitable organisations and raffle prizes.
University of Northampton Bursary
We are still supporting two local students with scholarships for the University of Northampton of £9,000 over three years. This bursary is to provide additional help and financial support while students are achieving their dreams and working towards their future.
Workbridge is a centre located on the Bedford Road in Northampton that was set up 40 years ago to offer volunteering opportunities and work experience for people with mental illness and learning disabilities.
Workbridge and Michael Jones Jeweller have a very close relationship. This is because our founder, Michael Jones, helped set up Workbridge in the late 70s. Michael was the founding chairman when the centre was formed in 1980. Sadly, Michael passed away in 2017, but the relationship with Workbridge continues to the present day.
Each year, we provide Workbridge with a yearly donation; this is to help support the centre. In 2019, we were able to raise an amazing £24,000 at our centenary gala in June - this money will go towards opening a gift shop at the centre in Michael’s memory.
MHA – Live at Home Scheme
MHA is a national charity that enables people to live their later life well. The charity has a wide range of specialist care homes across the UK that provide thriving retirement living and a vibrant community with befriending, social and exercise groups. Their aim is to inspire the best care and wellbeing at every stage of later life.
Last year, we sponsored the ‘Fitness, Fun and Friendship’ sessions run by Northampton Live at Home Scheme. These sessions are open to older people living in Northampton and offer an hour of light fitness, followed by tea and socialising.
The Live at Home scheme supports independence for older people living in Northampton. Some of the older people in our community are in danger of feeling isolated, which can have serious consequences for their physical and mental health. This is why the Live at Home scheme provides both social activities and home visits to older people who might otherwise face days alone without hearing another human voice. These sessions rely on local volunteers, and a small staff team to provide all the services they offer.
We’re friends of All Saints Church music
In 2019, we sponsored the All Saints Church music programme. The money we donated to the All Saints Church went towards the cost of their concert polo shirts for their 5-day concert tour to Poitiers in France.
Poitiers in France is Northampton’s twin town. Northampton actually has two twin towns in Europe; the other is Marburg in Germany. Town twinning is a modern concept that was first conceived after the Second World War and intended to foster friendship and understanding amongst different cultures.
All Saints Church played at various different venues in Poitiers, including Poitiers Cathedral and St Radegonde’s Church. On their concert tour, they also sang evensong and played a concert in the surrounding countryside.
Other Charitable Donations from 2018 - 2019
Our charitable donations don’t end there, we also gave money to some other amazing charities last year, including:
- Circus Starr is a circus with a purpose. This charity puts on shows across the UK, designed for low-income families, children with disabilities, or those facing challenges such as domestic violence, bereavement, or those living with a life-limiting condition.
- Brainwave is a charity that helps children with disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy and genetic disorders like Down Syndrome, achieve greater independence by aiming to improve their mobility, communication skills and learning potential, through a range of educational and physical therapies.
- Harry’s Rainbow is a charity that supports children and young people in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas who have been bereaved of a parent or sibling.
- We also helped with a small donation for Northampton School for Boys towards their cricket tour of Grenada.
Raffle Prize Donations
Alongside our charitable donations, a large portion of our community money goes towards raffle prize donations.
We often donate a piece of jewellery or watch for local events and people raising money for some amazing causes within the local community. Some of our raffle prize donations last year were to organisations and charities such as:
- - The Air Ambulance
- - Away with Pain
- - Cynthia Spencer
- - The Grey Dog Trust
- - MND Association
- - The Hope Centre
- - Local schools, hospitals, clubs, sports teams, among many others!
How Can We Help You and Your Charity Next Year?
If you are a local charity, hospital, hospice, club, or an individual raising money for charity, and you are looking for raffle donations for an event, please email us or send a letter with details of your event and chosen charity - we will try our best to support it.
Please note that we are only able to support a charity once per year. This is to ensure that we are able to donate to as wide a group of organisations as possible. In conjunction with this, we will only support events that reside within the local areas surrounding Northampton and Banbury.