Bespoke textile manufacturer Openhouse Products have today launched a competition to find a nominated charity partner for 2020.
Their competition is open to any emergency service charity registered and operating in the UK. Entries are being invited from anyone who wishes to support a charity of their choice, whether they are a volunteer themselves or may have been helped by that charity in the past.
The winning charity will receive £1,500 worth of bags from Openhouse, which they will work directly with the company to design in accordance with their needs. They will also receive £1,000 funding to support their aims for the year ahead. The company hopes the competition will raise awareness of the vital work these charities do and, in particular, of small and underrepresented organisations.
Research conducted on behalf of insurance firm Ecclesiastical found that financial insecurity was the primary concern currently facing charities, with cuts to public sector grants causing uncertainty over their futures. With the charity sector under more financial pressure than ever, many have even been forced to close after losing a main source of income on which they were reliant.
General Manager Chris Ward commented:
“The sponsorship requests we receive on a regular basis are a clear indication that charities from all around the country are in need of support. As an SME ourselves we understand the challenge smaller charities face of getting their name heard when there are bigger organisations with bigger budgets in the mix, and we hope we will be able to offer some much needed investment.
We know that getting properly kitted out is expensive, so we want to alleviate that pressure by offering quality kit that will last for years. Our personalised service will ensure the winning charity receives bags that suit their exact needs, for whatever field they specialise in. The financial support will be able to help in other areas such as purchasing new uniforms or training new volunteers.”
Entries can be made on the Openhouse website, closing date 21st February 2020.