The Danbro Foundation

Creating a future full of opporunity

2015 saw the development of the Danbro 2025 plan, outlining our aims and ambitions for the following 10 years of business. At the forefront of these plans is our mission to ‘Create a Future Full of Opportunity’.

We feel that ‘giving’ is an important part of the work we do, and we share a desire to make a difference in the world. So, we created the Danbro Foundation to formalise our intentions and solidify our behaviours around how our success helps others be successful. We focus on sharing our success both financially and through time commitment, to provide opportunity and support to those who need it most.

Our Foundation Board members are all employees of the Danbro Group and have a passion for what we do, as you’ll see from their profiles below.

Officially established in 2018 (after many years in the planning) we set about identifying what we wanted to achieve and how we would do it. In doing so, we agreed three core areas of opportunity, in which we can help:

Working with local organisations to improve the lives and prospects of those living in our communities, providing them with hope for the future by supporting and creating opportunities for them.

Primarily to support those who are unsupported by large funding bodies, and in situations where our money makes a real, tangible difference to the communities that receive support and/or the life of an individual with needs, both at home and in the wider world.

To be creative in our approach to ‘help’, considering ways in which we can support over and above monetary contributions. We won’t always have enough money in the pot, but it doesn’t mean we can’t help in some other way.

Charities we work with

The Danbro Foundation works alongside local and international charities such as:

 

Operation Orphan is an incredible, international organisation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for orphans and vulnerable children in a holistic, culturally relevant and sustainable way. They aspire to see everyone reach their full potential, and what’s more, Chair of Trustees for the charity is Danbro’s very own Managing Director, Helen Broughton MBE DL.

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Street Angels are a fantastic, local organisation, committed to helping make Blackpool a safer place to be during the evenings and overnight. The charity offers support, practical advice, and basic first aid, to help those on the town’s streets stay safe. So, look out for Blackpool’s Street Angels – wearing bright yellow jackets, they’re pretty tricky to miss.

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Aspired Futures provide ‘life-changing therapeutic services’ for vulnerable children and young people. Many youngsters they help are from troubled backgrounds, often with experiences of addiction, domestic violence, learning difficulties, and issues surrounding mental health. Support is tailored to develop skills they need to improve their own life-chances.

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Meet the Members

Helen Broughton

I co-founded the Danbro Group (though it wasn’t a group back then) in 1999 with my husband Damian. I currently serve as Group Managing Director, with responsibility for casting vision and removing barriers. I was proud to receive an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen in 2016 for services to small business and the community of Lancashire as well as being appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2019 Some of my other hats include being a member of the Blackpool Pride of Place Board, and Chair of Trustees for a small international charity as well as being an active member of my local church.

Debbie Mahon

I joined the Danbro Family in June 2015 after a decade spent managing customer experience in the Retail sector. Wanting a change of pace, a better work life balance and to use my creaky old legal training more, I was delighted to join Danbro as Head of Quality and Service for the Employment Business side of the company. I have three children who have now all left school and moved on to new adventures. This has given me more time, so I want to use it as part of the Danbro foundation to give back to those who are not as fortunate in life as we are, and help realise our 2025 vision of enabling better lives and creating a future full of opportunities.

Emma Cornah

I’ve been the Compliance Officer at Danbro since the move to Jubilee house and my background is as a Barrister in private practice and then in house for the past 13 years. I have always been passionate about “putting something back” and have volunteered over the years for a number of charities – from Womens’ Aid to mental health advocacy and more recently as a listener for The Samaritans.  I wanted to get involved with the Danbro Foundation as it is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in a forward thinking company with a social conscience. I hope and believe that we can make a real difference to the small causes that we support and look forward to the challenge.

Gordie Smyth

I’m Gordie and I’m an Associate Partner in Danbro Accounting. I wanted to be involved with the Danbro Foundation because I think it is an amazing gesture from the Danbro Group Board to set aside a % of profit for charitable causes and I wanted to give something back personally in the shape of my time. I am very lucky to have what I have – my health, my family, my friends – and it makes me sad that not everybody is as lucky.  My hope is that the Foundation can make a difference to the lives of some people, and through my involvement with the Foundation I too can make a difference, however small. This is my hope and hope is a powerful thing. I want to give other people hope, through the good work of the Danbro Foundation.

Jenny Richmond

I currently work for Danbro as an Executive Onboarding Coordinator, and have been with the company now for just over 7 years. I am passionate about helping people, and joining the Danbro Foundation has given me the ability to help make a difference to the lives of others. Being a member of the Danbro charity committee previously was something I enjoyed, so when the opportunity to become part of the Danbro foundation arose I jumped at the chance. I am looking forward to what the future holds for the foundation, and seeing the opportunities we can support and encourage both locally and worldwide.

Katie Burrows

I’m Katie, Group Operations Director at Danbro. I live close by ‘Danbro HQ’ with my husband, and our little boy. I love being busy and filling my diary (when I’m not at work!) with travel, having friends over, getting out and about and sitting in with a good box set. We never have a ‘free weekend’ but that’s exactly how I like it! I started working for Danbro in January 2013 and have been looking forward to the set-up of the foundation since it was first mentioned a few years later.

I’ve always loved working here, and the company’s focus on ‘people’, so the opportunity to be a part of the foundation, and help to support those outside as well as inside the company, really appealed to me. I’m a big believer in ‘you don’t give to receive’ but I can’t deny that whilst I joined the foundation board to give back, it feels good, and I get a buzz from being a part of something bigger, none profit making, and hopefully that makes the world a better place by existing. I can’t wait to see what the next few years have in store and to support the foundation (and Danbro) in achieving our ambitions.

Leanne Edwards

Hello! I’m Leanne and I’ve worked in the accounting department at Danbro since July 2010. I’m passionate about helping people and when the opening for the Danbro Foundation went live I just had to get involved! I’ve taken part in charity running events such as Race for Life and also completed Walk the Lights with the Danbro team and I’m currently looking to volunteer regularly.

I donate to charity on a personal level, give blood, and recently became a Dementia Friend to sharpen up my own knowledge and enable me to help people, having seen how difficult it can be to support someone suffering from dementia. Joining the foundation has given me an incredible opportunity to give something back to both my own community and good causes further afield. Danbro is a family, the Foundation does amazing work and spread our values to people outside of our company. My hopes would be that we are able to help people in our local area and beyond to achieve the best they can in life.

Susan Hughes

I’ve been working in credit management for over 25 years and in September 2014 I joined the Danbro Family as a credit controller. I am also a wife, a mother, a grandmother – all roles that have at times been challenging and frustrating but nonetheless rewarding with lots of love and affection. I like to relax with a good book: I enjoy the theatre and cinema, country walking, entertaining at home and improving my French language skills. I am an open-minded caring person with a genuine desire to help people.

I believe in moral integrity, social justice, fairness and the right to belong. I can honestly say that my glass is always half full. One of the most beautiful things in life is to help others and I strongly believe in giving something back to try and help those whose lives haven’t been as blessed as my own. I am very proud to be a member of The Danbro Foundation and will apply my time and skills wherever and whenever called upon.

Terry Glenister

Originally from London and now living in Lytham, I moved to the North West 10 years ago. I have worked in varied roles within Danbro, moving up from being an Invoice Clerk, into the Sales Team and eventually becoming the IT Manager. Danbro has afforded me many opportunities to develop personally and professionally, which is why when the chance arose to be part of the Danbro Foundation, I applied without hesitation. As a member of the Foundation, I am able to be part of a team that can genuinely help better the lives of others.

We could be helping local charities fund day trips or we could be funding missions across the globe to help people affected by hurricanes or wars. Being part of this Team has really been an eye opening experience and knowing the history and the people who started the Foundation, makes it even more exciting. I am truly thankful that I can play a part in what the Foundation wants to achieve.

Rob Kenmare

I joined Danbro in 2013 and I am the Group Finance Director. I have worked in the accountancy profession since qualifying in 1996.  Throughout my career in business I have always been impressed by businesses that are about more than the profits and Danbro is one of those organisations. The Foundation is a fantastic way for our people and business to have a positive impact on other people’s lives by virtue of the great work that we do.  I am extremely excited to be a part of this endeavour and seeing the impact that it will have.

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