Here at the FatFace Foundation, we’re big on giving back to the communities around us. We’re on a mission to make a real difference to the people who need it, and to inspire families and young people in our local communities to lead happy and fulfilling lives. Here are some examples of the FatFace Foundation in action.
Our head office, which is based in Havant on the south coast, decided to support four local charities over the Christmas period. A period which can be cold, lonely and difficult for many in need. Working with Havant Young Carers, Southern Domestic Abuse Services, Step by Step and The Munch Project at Park Community School, we were able to start making a real impact in the local community by donating food, clothing and essential toiletries for men, women, children and babies who needed them most.
In 2017, the FatFace Foundation partnered up with the World Animal Protection and Fourth Element Divewear as part of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI). Through this partnership, the Foundation has been working with Fourth Element by selling their sustainable OceanPositive swimwear, which is made from lost and abandoned fishing nets. In 2018, we continued this partnership with a brand new swimwear collection, which you can find online and in our Gatwick Airport FatFace stores too.
The FatFace Foundation’s aim is to support UK-based marine conservation groups. One of these groups is NARC – Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Collectors – based in Pembrokeshire. NARC is a volunteer-run organisation dedicated to keeping the ocean clear of litter and to raise awareness of its environmental impact. The Foundation provides a donation to NARC to allow them to buy vital equipment for their dive trips, such as scuba lift bags, so that they can remove heavy discarded nets and pots from the sea bed. This support is vital for NARC to continue the great work they do, and the Foundation is committed to continue its support.
Since 2015, the FatFace Foundation has raised over £400,000 for charities local to our stores — by baking, by making, by singing, by biking, by being different. And in 2017 alone, we raised £100,000 for local charities across the UK, including hospices, children’s trusts, air ambulance services, animal sanctuaries, guide dog and lifeboat charities, to name just a few. You, our customers, have played a huge part in raising this money through the Thanks for Giving campaign, and for that we sincerely thank you.
The Prince’s Trust Tomorrow’s Talent competition was launched in 2016 to find budding artists and designers. Each year, we work with the winners to bring their designs to life on our scarves and bags, with a percentage of profits going to the Tomorrow’s Talent competition so they can continue supporting young people to fulfil their potential. The rest of the proceeds go to The Prince’s Trust so they can do more to support young people, like building and developing key life skills, and offering work experience programmes.
2017 winners were Sian, 21, and Ella, 24, who both won with designs inspired by beautiful birds and butterflies, using colours representing a vintage era. Their designs were so successful they were repeated in 2018, with the proceeds going back to The Prince’s Trust.
Since 2016 we’ve been working in partnership with Hampshire Cricket in the Community and local schools in Hampshire on project Fresh Face. The aim is to inspire the next generation of students to get involved in business and give them the opportunity to design a FatFace product. With over 200 children taking part already and following the success of last year’s project, we’re proud to continue to support this initiative. Students are now busy working on their designs and we can’t wait to see what they come up with.