You may know that we recently launched our new charity initiative, Helping Hands, which aims to provide cash grants to the good causes that matter to our customers the most. Many of you took part in the voting process, and we're pleased to announce that the votes have been counted and the winners have been revealed. Each of the three organisations will receive a grant of £10,000 which we hope will aid them in progressing their fantastic work further.
THE HUMAN MILK FOUNDATION
The Human Milk Foundation provides a life-changing service in London, the South East, East Anglia and beyond, providing donor breastmilk to premature and sick babies in NICU, as well mothers with cancer and other serious illnesses who are unable to breastfeed. Donor human milk is a scare resource, and many babies who need it still aren’t able to access it; but with extra funding, the charity will be able to scale up their milk bank capacity, so more babies can receive donor milk.
Co-founder of The Human Milk Foundation, Natalie Shenker, had this to say about winning:
"We are so grateful to the JoJo Maman Bébé team for choosing us to be shortlisted for a Helping Hands Community Grant and to everyone who voted for us in the poll - we are absolutely delighted to have won a cash grant. This funding will enable us to help more babies receive donor milk, both in hospital neonatal intensive care units and at home and will help save tiny lives. Thank you from the whole Human Milk Foundation team and the babies!"
BRITISH UKRAINIAN AID
With the conflict raging in Ukraine, many Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety. Ukrainian Mums United are supporting British-Ukrainian Aid to assist people suffering from the crisis by aligning UK and Ukrainian efforts. They offer support to vulnerable individuals who have been physically, mentally or social disadvantaged, including the injured and wounded, orphaned children, the elderly, internally displaced people, refugees and families who have lost their main earners.
We caught up with Natasha Salkey from Ukrainian Mums United on behalf of British Ukrainian Aid, who had this to say upon receiving the news:
"We are extremely grateful to receive such a generous prize to help our country during these heartbreaking times. A huge thank you to JoJo’s Community Grants on behalf of all Ukrainian people. It’s amazing news and an incredible amount of money for our chosen charities. All the nominees are worthy causes, but Ukraine needs as much help as possible right now! Thank you once again!"
British Ukrainian Aid added:
"Thank you very much for your support and kind offer of help. We are very grateful to JoJo Maman Bébé and Ukrainian Mums United for choosing our charity for a grant! I thought you might be pleased to know that one of our focus areas is supplying perinatal and neonatal equipment to Ukraine to protect mothers and their newborn babies surviving in the extreme conditions."
THE SUNNYWOOD PROJECT
Combining arts and nature, The Sunnywood Project promotes a love for the great outdoors in the Bury area through a variety of events, conservation and educational programmes to mentally and physically stimulate the lives of local communities. The activities are designed to nurture confidence and resilience, equipping participants with the transferable skills needed for success in life. A donation will allow The Sunnywood Project to increase and improve their events so that even more people can benefit from connecting with nature.
Sammy from The Sunnywood Project said:
"The Sunnywood Project are extremely grateful to everyone who voted and to the JoJo team for shortlisting us. We can’t wait to provide more opportunities for young children (and their grown-ups) to enjoy the outdoors and adventure together, promoting an active lifestyle to improve their mental, physical and social wellbeing for years to come."