Here are a few of the lovely charities that we support where we can...
Evie Toombes - National Para-Rider
We are just in awe of Evie Toombes. Now 17 Evie was born with spina bifida & more recently has developed gastroparesis, yet despite these challenges rather than any trace of self-pity she competes as a National Para rider (show jumping) as well as being an ambassador for hidden disabilities. Evie’s E.N.D. campaign includes visiting schools to promote ‘Education Not Discrimination’ to children to try to help them understand and be compassionate towards other children with a hidden disability. Evie’s health is currently impossible to safely manage away from home due to all the daily procedures required hence the idea to raise funds to purchase a specially adapted medical facility/horsebox. We have been touched by Evie’s bravery and positive attitude and have recently donated £1k towards this which will enable her to cope with her paralysed stomach, bladder/bowel & lower leg issues wherever she travels.
We think Evie’s amazing! Above image shows Evie talking about her illness to primary school children
Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Children's Charity
We were delighted to support Great Ormond Street Charity’s triathlon event on Saturday 4 August by providing our Sweet Freedom Choc Shake Caramel and Choc Shake Banana. £60,000 was raised in which over 150 triathletes took part in the day’s event. GOSH teamed up with AJ Bell and Gordon & Tara Ramsay for this campaign.
Fighting to save Borneo's critically endangered orangutans. The clearing of Borneo's jungles for palm oil plantations is devastating for these gentle creatures. We have taken a stand and DO NOT use palm oil in any Sweet Freedom products.
In 2013, female orangutan Sam was rescued from appalling conditions in a Malaysian zoo. Little Cupcake (a surprise addition) was born in June 2015 and Sam has been a devoted and attentive mother. Cupcake is an active, cheeky and adventurous little boy! The pair are working towards freedom and a new life, by learning the skills they'll need for independence and survival in the wild.
We're delighted to have adopted Sam and Cupcake!
If you'd like to do the same please visit The Orangutan Project and support them in their dedicated work to help these wonderful animals
Appledown Dog Rescue & Re-homing
We’ve been supplying some Choc Shot for Appledown’s fundraising efforts. They re-home stray dogs from all around the Bedfordshire area. Appledown provides the dogs with food, shelter, medical help, care and love until the right new owner can be found. They always have 40-50 dogs in their care, and with dog abandonment, neglect and sadly abuse on the rise, everyday costs but especially vet costs are several thousand pounds each month.
Appledown home a large proportion of unclaimed stray dogs
Dogs Trust - Honey
Meet Honey our gorgeous new Dogs Trust sponsor dog! Why not welcome a dog into your life - even if not physically as they stay at the Dogs Trust because they need special care and attention. You'll receive a special photo certificate of your new pal, a wallet-sized sponsor's card, a window sticker and a fridge magnet with three updates a year from your friend, so you can hear how you're making your doggy friend's life great. You can also sponsor a dog for someone else too... a great gift for any dog-loving friend!
We were very proud to support the NSPCC’s Great British Chefs Dinner event on 5th December by providing our Sweet Freedom Choc Pots. With the £210,000 raised on the night the NSPCC will be able to reach over 70,000 primary school children with their Speak Out. Stay Safe. programme giving them the knowledge needed to protect themselves from all forms of abuse. By making children aware of what abuse and neglect are, and what the signs might be, this important campaign can help to protect a generation of children.
The Magical Taxi Tour is a wonderful charity whose mission is to give sick children a three-day break from therapy and treatment in Disneyland Resort Paris. The kids are transported in a convoy of London taxis and the families would not be able to undertake such a trip alone, without the medical support the London Ambulance Service (plus many others). We were thrilled to be a sponsor this year, and Co-founder Deborah's husband was the volunteer driver (great job Gary!)
Great Ormond Street Hospital had 400 supporters taking part in this year’s London Triathlon with Gordon Ramsay on 22nd July to help raise much needed funds for this wonderful charity. They asked if we would supply our Sweet Freedom Choc Pot as a well-deserved treat for their goody bags to take home and of course we were very happy to oblige!
We were thrilled to support Dr Carys Bennett and Food for a Future at Glastonbury Festival this year by providing free Sweet Freedom product samples. Fantastic weather, amazing food demos and sampling made for some very happy festival goers and dipping apple slices in Choc Pot was a fave it seems! Food for a Future reached out to 200k people regarding healthy and ethical vegan food choices.
We were thrilled to support Breast Cancer Care with their Pink Ribbon Walk by providing Choc Shot at the finish line. Breast Cancer Care combines the personal experiences of people affected by breast cancer with clinical expertise to provide information on living with, and beyond breast cancer, offering both emotional and practical support and a Helpline to bring people affected by breast cancer together.
The Ultimate News Quiz in aid of Restless Development and Action for Children
Founded in 2007 by BBC presenter Martha Kearney and Restless Development’s patron Baroness Anne Jenkin, the Ultimate News Quiz is one of London's most popular annual charity events raising funds for two charities. Restless Development works with young people in South Asia and Africa to train, educate and inspire them to lead development in their countries; Action for Children support and speak out for the UK's most vulnerable and neglected children. We are proud to be able to support in a small way by donating Choc Shot for the attendees luxury goody bags.
A week of events raising funds for and awareness of breast cancer. Charities include Breast Cancer Care, Hello Beautiful & The Haven. Last year Pink Week raised an amazing £24,000 and this year the organisers hope to raise even more! We donated over 6000 of our delish bottles of Choc Shot to help Olivia (herself a student and 22 year old cancer survivor) with her brilliant and inspiring fundraising efforts.
Blind Veterans UK believe that no one who has served their country should battle blindness alone. They offer help with lifelong practical and emotional support for Armed Forces and National Service veterans helping them recover their independence and have a good quality of life beyond sight loss. The 100k challenge is an annual walk from London to Brighton! Congratulations to all the amazing finishers, we hope you enjoyed your Choc Shot!
We sent lots of Choc Shot to the lovely people at Mornflake to drizzle over this amazing cake to raise money for Macmillan. The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s main fundraising event for people facing cancer. Last year alone they raised a staggering £25 million. We also donated lots of our fabulous Fruit Syrup to our own Macmillan coffee morning here in Victoria, London.
A non-profit fundraising organisation that works hard to raise funds for continuing research into finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, specifically the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) who are pioneering research into a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Since 2007 the main event in the Pop 4 Diabetes calendar has been the 'Pop 4 Diabetes Annual Ball' which started at the Haven Hotel in Sandbanks. We are proud to have helped them with their fundraising efforts.
Farplace is a no kill animal rescue centre in Westgate, County Durham helping animals who are sick and injured.
We've been donating samples, attending events and giving away products for raffle prizes to help support their efforts. Farplacehelp thousands of animals in need every year. Do check out their 'animals for adoption' page if you have any spare room!