What is The Ideal Foundation?
Throughout the years we've given generously to companies and individuals who contacted us requesting raffle prizes for amazing charity initiates. When we grew from 3-6 venues and started employing 200 local people. Matthew Boyle, the owner of Ideal Collection was passionate to ensure his company gave back to the local community in a bigger way.
In October 2013 Ideal Foundation was born. The strap-line ‘at work in the community’ underlines what the foundation focuses on - the community.
So far we have raised a grand total of:
Correct June 2016
Community Roots – The First Project.
After hearing Southampton Voluntary Services (SVS) lost funding for an allotment scheme, the foundation paid up-front £18,000 to ensure the allotment could carry on.
Community Roots is a therapeutic horticultural scheme designed to concentrate and focus on those who are marginalised by society. Just getting outside can reduce stress levels. It helps to reduce the feeling of isolation by nurturing friendships and improving confidence and communication skills.
The Community Roots project is volunteer led and would simply not survive or be sustainable without the amazing team of volunteers, from the allotment assistants, mentors to administration assistants. All the volunteers bring a unique skill set, knowledge and attributes which synchronise together to assist, run and develop the project. The team meet twice a week on a Tuesday and Thursday.
Happily to report, early in 2016 Community Roots became SVS’s second most successful project. With 100% of long-term clients that in engage in the project weekly feel that it creates a positive life impact.
Keep up to date with the team at Community Roots via their blog & Twitter page.
The Murray Parish Trust.
Not content, The Ideal Foundation started looking for another project to support. Motivated by personal experience, our Managing Director Oliver Weeks reached out to The Murray Parish Trust (TMPT). Who, as a trust raises money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University Southampton Hospital.
A strong relationship was created and launched with a charity dinner at No.5 Bridge Street. The kitchen team created a 4-course menu from ingredients sourced from within a 25-mile radius. The event sold out within a week and alongside the raffle, raised over £8,000 for the charity.
The Trust created by Jim Murray and Sarah Parish, who are both loved UK film and television stars have already raised £800,000. They're looking to raise another £2,000,000 which the government agreed in March 2016 to match fund to help build a £4.8 million children’s accident and emergency and trauma department.
We agreed, to help with this substantial taste to donate:
£1 from every children’s meal sold
50p from every litre of New Forest Spring Water will be donated
Click to view their website or read our press release.
Other causes or projects supported:
Food up Front | John Merrick Sailing Trust | RNLI Lifeboats | Southampton Hospital Charity