Throughout 2021, Original Cottages and guests visiting their properties in England and Wales have made donations to raise charitable funds to support local wildlife, build beach walks, help fight food poverty and support community art projects.
As a national family brand run by locals, who truly understand their communities, Original Cottages brands have chosen to partner with charities that contribute to the region – with donations made to 29 different organizations in 2021.
Throughout the year, clients made voluntary donations to charitable partners when booking their stays, with 100% of donations going directly to charities. This was coupled with direct donations from Original Cottages, as well as matching funding and individual employee fundraising.
Original Cottages’ largest single donation was its £ 20,000 contribution to UK Community Foundations (UKCF), a charity leading a movement of community foundations committed to positive social change in the UK. Original Cottages have donated £ 1 for every booking made over a six week period this year to help reach the final amount of £ 20,000.
Rosemary Macdonald, CEO of UK Community Foundations, said: “We are delighted that the Original Cottages family have chosen to partner with UKCF to provide vital support to the communities in which they operate. Community foundations use these funds to strengthen local efforts to address major challenges in their region, including food poverty, mental health and loneliness. “
Original Cottages family brands have also recognized the growing urgency to support local communities in 2021, with donations including:
To replace physical Christmas cards, Original Cottages would typically send to its owning family, they donated the £ 2,000 usually spent to Ecologi, a charity that works to plant trees across the world and reduce emissions. of CO2 in the world this year. The donation will allow Ecologi to plant nearly 16,000 trees, or around 3 trees per owner.
The Original Cottages brands in Norfolk and Sussex have helped vulnerable wildlife thrive in the region through donations to the Norfolk and Sussex Wildlife Trusts, in addition to sponsoring the Trust’s Cley Calling event, which features a range of activities celebrating wildlife and landscapes across the county.
Suffolk Secrets donated £ 9,300 to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, sponsoring a new beach walk, benefiting Suffolk residents and vacationers. The brand also supported community art projects by donating to the ‘Theater on the Coast’ in Suffolk during the summer, the musical brought a taste of the West End and Broadway to the area during the school holidays. .
In Wales, more than £ 3,500 will be donated to Mind Pembrokeshire, Abersoch RNLI and Wales Air Ambulance to support the vital work charities do in the local community taking care of the health, well-being and welfare. safety of residents.
While guests from Cornish Horizons, part of the Original Cottages family have helped raise £ 11,390 for Cornwall’s air ambulance service since the end of 2019.
Guests visiting Original Cottages properties in Yorkshire in 2020 helped support local wildlife with a donation of £ 1,234 to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust earlier this year. Additionally, the Original Cottages team in Northumberland supported local communities by participating in a local beach clean-up, as part of the Marine Conversation Society’s Great British Beach Clean, collecting over 12kg of litter.
Sonia Holman, Marketing Director at Original Cottages, said: “We are proud to have supported over 29 charitable causes across the company this year, and are very grateful to our customers for their generous donations during the reservation with us. We hope that our donations will enable each charity to do its valuable work in the community. Original Cottages is committed to contributing to the local areas in which we operate by raising funds for charitable causes and we look forward to continuing our work in 2022. ”
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