What does the Danbro Foundation do?The Danbro Foundation’s Board of Trustees meets once per quarter to discuss and consider new projects. They listen to guest speakers present and pitch their charities, ideas, and requests for funding. And, they make decisions on new and existing investments. To help Trustees decide which ventures to support, we have three core areas of focus:
- Working with local organisations to improve the lives and prospects of those living in our communities. To support and create opportunities for people.
- Supporting those who don’t have the backing of large funding bodies. We look for opportunities where our money will make a real, tangible difference to the communities that receive our backing and the impact it can have on the lives of certain individuals. That’s both at home and in the wider world.
- To be creative and flexible in our approach to help. To consider other ways in which we can help – sometimes over and above monetary contributions. So, while we may not always have the requisite funds to make a financial contribution, that doesn’t mean we can’t assist another way.
The Danbro Foundation & Operation OrphanAs we alluded to earlier, the Danbro Foundation, and the Danbro Group in general, have a long and proud association with international children’s charity, Operation Orphan. Operation Orphan are dedicated to improving the quality of life for orphans and vulnerable young people in the UK and around the world. They aspire to help as many children as possible in a holistic, sustainable, and culturally relevant way. These are sentiments shared by the Danbro Family. And, for over a decade, we’ve been committed to providing them with long-term, sustainable financial support. It’s a relationship that’s stood the test of time and one which continues to blossom. Founders Helen Broughton MBE DL and Damian Broughton MBE have been trustees of Operation Orphan since the very beginning. Helen is the Chair and Damian the Treasurer, with the Danbro Group underwriting all the charity’s UK administrative costs. That partnership has proved to be a catalyst for Operation Orphan’s growth. It’s made an enormous difference to the lives of so many children around the world. Through the consistent funding that Danbro provides, along with free marketing from The Media Collective, Operation Orphan’s donors are safe in the knowledge that 100% of their contribution goes directly to helping children in need. Such as those affected by – and fleeing from – the conflict in Ukraine.
Company Briefing Fancy Dress DayIn fact, the Foundation recently encouraged Danbro employees to attend one of our quarterly Company Briefings in fancy dress. The stipulation being that participants (pictured) had to dress up as someone/something beginning with the same letter as their first name. From Cruella Deville to Cristiano Ronaldo and everything in-between (including a T-Rex, a Hot Dog, and an Egg Plant!), the team raised an amazing £413.82. The Foundation agreed to double this amount, meaning total proceeds of £827.64 raised for Operation Orphan’s emergency appeal. Funds raised through the appeal are supporting the deployment of Operation Orphan’s Crisis Response Team in Moldova. A specialist team was dispatched to the country, which borders Ukraine, to help vulnerable and unaccompanied children caught up in the heartbreaking refugee crisis. Providing safety, food, clothing, and other essentials they are, as always, doing fantastic work and making a huge difference. Going back to the essence of Danbro’s partnership with Operation Orphan, Cyrilyn Moore, the charity’s Co-Founder and Director of Communications says Danbro have ‘led the way’ with our model of investment, setting a ‘tremendous example’ for others to follow. “It’s really because of Danbro leading the way in this model that we now have other businesses following suit,” she said. “Helen and Damian have most definitely paved the way for this. They’ve set such a tremendous example for how charities and corporate companies can work hand in hand to build sustainability and increase donor trust.”
Meet the teamThe Danbro Foundation prides itself on contributing time, money, and valuable resource to charitable causes, playing an integral role in local life and society more generally. But who are the individuals that make up the Foundation? Here’s a brief comment from each of the Board of Trustees, who hail from across the Danbro Group.
Helen Broughton MBE DL, CEO of the Danbro Group
Jenny Richmond, Operations Coordinator
Terry Glenister, IT Manager
Katie Gamble, Head of Group Compliance & Information
Leanne Edwards, Senior Personal Accountant
Emma Cornah, Legal Counsel
Susan Hughes, Credit Controller
Sam Wright, Marketing Manager
Sam Wright is Danbro’s Marketing Manager. He produces regular content and feature articles on our digital and non-digital channels – and social platforms – for the Danbro Group and its subsidiaries, as well as having responsibility for the Company’s internal and external communications.
His background is in Journalism and Creative Writing, having previously contributed to publications such as The Daily Post, The Lancashire Evening Post, and The Blackpool Gazette.
He is a keen swimmer and avid Manchester United fan (but don’t hold that against him), and he lives in Lancashire with his wife, Sarah.