Our Chosen Charities

In December 2023 we gifted our Christmas present fund to charity.

The team selected three wonderful, local causes to donate to:

Ronald McDonald House (Southampton) – Who provide a free ‘home away from home’ to families while their child is in hospital.

Minstead Trust – Who help to nurture the unique potential of people with learning disabilities.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Ambulance – Who bring an advanced Critical Care Team to the most seriously ill and injured patients in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The NFE Team Wore it Pink in support of Breast Cancer Now 

Move over Abbey Road, it’s all happening in New Street! (home of NFE HQ!)

It was our pleasure to ‘wear it pink’ in October 2023 and donate to this worthy cause.

Our House Captain took to the Seas.

Well done to our sparky & mischievous ‘House Captain’, Rachel S, who swam across The Solent in September 2023 in support of Wessex Cancer Support.

Setting off from Hurst Castle and completing her swim in Colwell Bay, Rachel made a an impressive time of less than an hour… and raised over £700 in the process!

We are all super proud!

 

Spencers Estate Agents-  3 Peaks Challenge in Support of the  British heart foundation.

A team drawn from across all Spencers’ offices completed the Three Peaks Challenge in September of 2023, in memory of their late colleague Justin and in support of the British Heart Foundation.

It was the NFE Teams pleasure to sponsor their adventure.

 

5k For Simon Says

Simon Says is a Hampshire based charity who support children and young people (under 18) who have a significant person in their life who has died, or is dying.

Offering a dedicated telephone line, hosting dedicated groups, and running an annual residential weekend, this charity provides a wide range of support, and has been helping children since 2001.

The team took part in the 2022 New Forest Marathon’s 5k race and beat our target of £500 to raised an incredible £650 for this amazing charity.

 

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust 

We choose the BCT because we want to work in partnership with a charity who can help us and our owners to improve gardens for bees. Pollinators are seriously at risk from increased pesticide use and land-use changes.

All our houses have gardens. Some of our team and our owners are farmers and caretake large tracts of land. By working with them to help educate, inspire and create simple practical change we can make a significant difference to insect and plant habitats.

Check out our blog post to read why gardening with pollinators in mind is so important to the food we eat and biodiversity.

 

The Crossings

Serving the New Forest’s Waterside area, they provide a warm welcome and services to bring hope and help against homelessness.

The local charity was set up with the primary aim of supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness across the Waterside area of the New Forest. Since February 2019 it has run regular drop-in sessions offering a safe place to come for a hot drink and talk or just hang out in a non-judgemental environment welcoming all. Also local outreach work supporting those recently housed. The Crossings is able to help with Homesearch applications & homeless related benefits, signposting to other agencies including Foodbank. It is operated by a team of trained volunteers and employs a part-time Project Leader.

Susan, who works on our sales team, chose this charity for the year. 

Basics Bank

The Basics Bank provides food and other essentials to people and organisations in need in the New Forest area.

Their standard food parcel for a household is designed to feed the household for 7 days, 3 meals a day as well as providing toiletries and cleaning products. The charity is run by volunteers, using donated food and various items that are packed into individual parcels and then delivered to those in need.

They often have a wish list of items that they are in particular need of… we use this list to donate items at various times throughout the year.

 

 

It only costs £60 to twin a toilet which helps fund a hygiene project in a poor community that will enable families to build a basic toilet, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene – a vital combination that saves lives.

When you twin, a certificate is sent which can be hung in your loo – showing a photograph of your overseas toilet twin and GPS coordinates so you can look up your twin’s location on Google Maps!

For many communities, hearing about the link between sanitation and  health is a revelation: a light bulb moment. Many have never known why diarrhoea is so common, and why their children have fallen ill or died. Suddenly, they understand. And then they want a latrine – that they build themselves. Because a family who have built their own latrine is much more likely to use it and look after it.