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Changing people's lives wherever FatFace goes

March 12, 2018

The FatFace Foundation

Here at the FatFace Foundation, we’re big on giving back to the communities around us. We’re on a mission to make a real difference to the people who need it, and to inspire families and young people in our local communities to lead happy and fulfilling lives.

The FatFace crew busy fundraising

The FatFace Foundation was set up in 2009, with the aim to support people in communities where we source, manufacture, retail and distribute our products. We pride ourselves in enabling our partners, chosen local charities, suppliers, customers and crew to make a difference whilst achieving their lifetime ambitions. Since the Foundation started, we’ve raised over £1 million for charities across the UK through the generous donations of our customers and crew.

And people are at the heart of everything we do. Always. Our crew is always up for a challenge and are constantly getting actively involved to try and make a real difference. Whether it be baking cakes, dressing up in crazy costumes or jumping out of an airplane for charity, we tackle every challenge with both hands. So with that in mind, we want to shout about all the cool stuff we’ve been getting up to this past year, as well as looking ahead to see what else we’re going to be doing to give back over the next 12 months.

Thanks for Giving

Since 2015, the FatFace Foundation has raised over £400,000 for charities local to our stores — by baking, by making, by singing, by biking, by being different. And in 2017 alone, we raised £100,000 for local charities across the UK, including hospices, children’s trusts, air ambulance services, animal sanctuaries, guide dog and lifeboat charities, to name just a few. You, our customers, have played a huge part in raising this money through the Thanks for Giving campaign, and for that we sincerely thank you.

Learning about the charities and fundraising

Prince’s Trust Tomorrow’s Talent

The Prince’s Trust Tomorrow’s Talent competition was launched in 2016 to find budding artists and designers. Each year, we work with the winners to bring their designs to life on our scarves and bags, with a percentage of profits going to the Tomorrow’s Talent competition so they can continue supporting young people to fulfil their potential. The rest of the proceeds go to The Prince’s Trust so they can do more to support young people, like building and developing key life skills, and offering work experience programmes.

Last year’s winners were Sian, 21, and Ella, 24, who both won with designs inspired by beautiful birds and butterflies, using colours representing a vintage era. Their designs were so successful they will be repeated this year, with the proceeds going back to The Prince’s Trust.

A collection of Sian and Ella's Prince's Trust designs

Charities close to home

With our Head Office based in Havant on the South Coast, we decided to support four local charities to help give them what they needed over the Christmas period; a cold, lonely and difficult period for many in need. Working with Havant Young Carers, Southern Domestic Abuse Services, Step by Step and The Munch Project at Park Community School, we were able to start making a real impact in the local community by donating food, clothing and essential toiletries for men, women and babies who needed them most.

What’s coming up this year?

As well as another great collaboration with the Prince’s Trust and continuing Thanks for Giving and our work in the local community, we’ve got loads more to shout about this year too.

GGGI and WAP partnership

We’re continuing our partnership with the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI), diving specialists Fourth Element and the World Animal Protection (WAP) to help clean up our oceans. The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) work together with the World Animal Protection to find solutions to the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear worldwide, which pollute our oceans and harm our wildlife.

We’re also teaming up with Fourth Element for the second year running on another exciting swimwear range, which is made using recycled nylon from 'Ghost' fishing nets, abandoned by fishing vessels after snagging on reefs and wrecks. The Ghost Fishing Project enlists teams of divers to remove these nets and to bring them to the surface, where they are recycled and used to make the swimwear range. 100% of the profits from this product will be split between the FatFace Foundation and the World Animal Protection charities.

A female swimmer wearing the Fourth Element Swimwear

Fresh Face

We’ve been working in partnership for the last two years with Hampshire Cricket in the Community and local schools in Hampshire on the ‘Fresh Face’ project. The aim is to inspire the next generation of students to get involved in business and give them the opportunity to design a FatFace product. Following the success of last year’s project, we’re continuing to support this initiative and the youngsters are now busy working on their designs. We’ve had over 200 children taking part already, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with.

Schoolchildren from Wildern School presenting their winning design

Following a hugely successful year, we aim to raise £1 million to help even more people. It’s a bold target, but with your help and support once again this year, we know we’ll smash it.

To find out more, visit https://www.fatfacefoundation.org/

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