I think it’s fair to say that most of us would love to be able to give more to charity. Not a day goes by where there aren’t multiple heart wrenching stories, either nationally or locally about people who are struggling in life. When I set up Turtle Tots in Exeter one of the (many!) things I loved about the company and its ethos was the fact that a percentage of all of our income is donated to charity.
Initially I felt slightly overwhelmed at deciding which local charity to support. In my research on the area I came across a child bereavement charity called Balloons. Being a GP for 8 years, I saw many times that the loss of a parent or significant family member in childhood is something that has long lasting effects into adulthood, and the more support and help children can get before and after the event the more likely they are to make the very difficult adjustments necessary to enable them to cope. I knew that Balloons was the charity I wanted to support.
As well as regular donations to Balloons, there have also been several other local charities that I feel really fortunate to be able to support through my business. Last month we supported a local baby with a rare form of cancer needing money raised for his family to accompany him on his trip to America for treatment and we will be at a big local fundraising event for him next weekend. This weekend Mark, who is partner of our lovely teacher Rebecca, cycled from London to Paris for the Exeter Leukaemia Fund and we, along with Turtle Tots Ltd, donated to help his peddle power!