It's a long-held belief of mine that where we can, we must put our money where our mouth is to support causes close to our hearts. No act of kindness or gift of money, time or attention is too small and we must not feel that just because we are not rich or famous or wield any kind of tangible power that we cannot be the change we wish to see in this world. Maybe it's a £10 donation to a local charity, maybe it's an afternoon volunteering or maybe it's as simple as choosing to buy a new book from an independent store rather than a corporate giant. I try, where possible, to live my life along these values. Be kind, give back and look after others less fortunate than myself. Here are some of the causes and charities that I donate money or time to on behalf of my business, please do click through to find out more about each one.
A charity that provides vegan food and toiletries across England and Wales, to people and companion animals during times of need. £20 pays for a single person to receive a food parcel, or £50 will support a whole family, but you can choose to donate smaller amounts as one off or regular payments. I think it's such a great charity, so that people in times of need don't have to compromise their values and add to their discomfort. I know too well that your body adapts to your diet, and so introducing dairy products (for example) when you're vegan can make you feel extremely unwell.
Their mission is to play a leading role in funding high-calibre, animal replacement research, to communicate this research and to advance and develop widespread support for animal-free research. Currently I am supporting their 'a pound for a hound' campaign which aims to raise £4,932 to fund research that will replace the use of dogs in testing procedures. 4,932 is the number of research procedures that took place on dogs in 2016, a 5% increase from 2015. As a dog owner myself, it's so upsetting to me to think of them enduring any mistreatment.
The North Herts Sanctuary are a 17 bed night hostel, providing temporary accommodation for homeless people. Residents are entitled to a hot evening meal, breakfast and a packed lunch, as well as providing counselling services and support to service users. You can help them by donating money, food, items for an independent living Starter Kit or volunteer your time and skills.
We are currently researching how to build our hen house so we can be ready to rescue some ex-battery hens from the British Hen Welfare Trust as soon as we move out of London. These are hens that have ceased to be productive laying hens for the egg industry, and have been rescued by the charity to save them from the slaughterhouse. We are so excited for our daughter to get used to feeding them and having them in the garden.