Set up one year ago by legal business DWF, the DWF Foundation has raised more than £76,000 in its first year and supported 30 local charities around the UK.
One of the charities who benefitted from the Foundation is registered children’s charity, Wood Street Mission, who used their grant for their SmartStart initiative, which helps to alleviate the effects of poverty on local children and their families.
Roseanne Sweeney, chief executive of Wood Street Mission children’s charity, said: “Doing well at school is key to breaking the cycle of poverty but many families struggle to afford school costs which means their children are less likely to grow up to fulfil their potential. SmartStart is our million pound initiative to kit out all local children for school so they fit in and want to achieve. This year, thanks to the generosity of our supporters including DWF, we were able to kit out over 2,300 children in smart new uniform for the start of the school year and distribute over £200,000 of school kit to local families.”
Jim Davies, co-founder of DWF and Chair of the Trustees of the DWF Foundation, said: “When launching the foundation last year, we made a promise to make a difference and we have kept that promise, creating something really special. Our vision as a firm has been to encourage all of our people to work together to help raise funds to provide resources and support to help local communities achieve their full potential, so I am delighted our people have backed the Foundation wholeheartedly and so many have got involved with initiatives and activities so we have been able to raise the amount we have and help so many more local projects than we have been able to do before.”
The money was raised by staff at legal business DWF who took part in a long list of fundraising activities throughout the year including sponsored skydives, art auctions, the Great Manchester Run and even swimming the English Channel.
As a registered charity, the DWF Foundation was launched with the sole aim of providing funds, resources and support tohelp local communities achieve their full potential with a focus on education, employability, health & wellbeing and homelessness. The DWF Foundation was built on the belief that the firm’s most important value is ‘being better together’, supporting charities and projects that tackle specific community issues, help voluntary and community groups to become more effective and efficient, encouraging involvement of those too often excluded, and enabling young people to develop skills for the benefit of the community.