Every company has the ability to inspire its employees and to change its local community for the better.
Surlender Pendress, Owner of Love Writing Co has recently donated age-appropriate stationery to go inside Buddy Bags to ensure 3-5 and 6-9 years olds have some activities that can keep them occupied and a way to distract themselves during their time at refugee centres across the UK.
By Linda Aitchison
A gripping new crime drama series starring Line of Duty’s Martin Compston and Cheat’s Molly Windsor is set to hit our TV screens.
Molly is already known for tackling harrowing parts — from a grooming victim in Three Girls, to the disturbingly ambitious Rose in Cheat.
But did you know that the 22-year-old Bafta award-winner has another role she treasures just as much?
That’s supporting The Buddy Bag Foundation.
We grabbed five minutes with her to find out more.
Q: Why do you support the Buddy Bag Foundation?
A: I support The Buddy Bag Foundation because the personal act of kindness, of giving a child a buddy bag, is invaluable when they are arriving into emergency care. These few essentials aim to help towards restoring their sense of security in what may be a very confusing and scary time for a child.
Q: What made you get involved?
A: I heard about the scheme though the passion of the volunteers who told me about the great work the charity was doing. After attending a bag packing I saw what a positive thing it was for everyone involved.
Q: How are you able to support the charity?
A: The charity is supported by everyone’s belief in the work they are doing. Together, I hope that by talking about their work we encourage people to donate their time or products or money we can make sure that these children receive the kindness that so many of us want to show them in a difficult time.
Q: Is there anyone in your own life or you have got to know through your work that has been in such a desperate situation where a Buddy Bag may have been a great thing to receive?
A: I think it’s easy to see everyone needs some kindness when they are going through a tough time; it is so difficult for these children who may not understand the situation fully but still feel the effects of it. A Buddy Bag is a brilliant gift as it offers essentials like toiletries and offers that little bit of support that is specific for children in emergency care.
Q: Having played such hard-hitting roles in Three Girls and Cheat, can you think of any parallels with the work of the Buddy Bag Foundation and how this can help you see the organisation is making a real difference to children and women fleeing domestic violence?
A: It is so important to support women that are fleeing domestic violence. Depending on the situation, recognising domestic violence and then finding the courage to flee is a huge step to make which I think needs to be met with nothing but support. Buddy Bags are a basic step of necessary care that makes a huge difference in the lives of these women and their children.
Q: Do you find this a rewarding role?
A: The BBF does show you the impact that the bags have on the children through the postcards they can send back. I know this reaffirms the belief myself, the volunteers, and the charity are making a difference to these people’s lives at a difficult time. I support charities because I think their work is necessary, I would say I find the roles make me more driven to continue aiding their work in any way I can to make sure it continues.
A massive thanks to Molly for her time and support with this interview.
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A Buddy Bag Pack at Birmingham City Football Club to educate the students in the work we do and to pack 180 bags.
Wow! Brilliant News! I’m SO Excited I just Can’t Hide It. Something Amazing Happened! Founder Karen Williams’ Buddy Bag Foundation, Making a (BIG) Difference to Children in Emergency Care, is NOW Live with Global #B1G1 Business For Good!
How wonderful to support The Buddy Bag Foundation, a Charity exceeding its targets and setting new challenging goals- making the difference to children in emergency care!
Alexion Pharma UK
Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases through the discovery, development and commercialisation of life-changing therapies.
Alexion’s ambition is to be the global leader in rare diseases, an audacious goal for sure.
Serving patients with rare diseases and their families is their unwavering mission. Often, these diseases have limited or no treatment options and can leave patients and their families feeling isolated and alone. Every day they are inspired to find answers that will transform the lives of patients with rare disease and the generations that follow.
They never shy away from daunting challenges because they’re fighting for patients who often have no other options – many of whom are infants and children.
They are building a rewarding place to work where people are empowered to make a difference. Their legacy will be measured in the families they serve today and the generations that follow.
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