We have nominated local charity, Taylor-Made Dreams, as our charity of the year 2023. Taylor-Made Dreams enables children with terminal and life-limiting illnesses to achieve their dreams when time is precious. They provide many services including bucket list wishes, holistic therapy and counselling sessions, travel grants, medical sheepskin fleeces and the sibling support service.
Taylor-Made Dreams work with children aged 5 to 19 who have a terminal and/or life-limiting illness and permanently live in the counties of Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey.
We have set an ambitious target to raise £8,000 and have planned a year of exciting fundraising activities to help us reach it. We hope that you can help us too! To make a donation, please visit our Just Giving page.
In previous years we have supported other local and deserving charities including Porchlight, Kent’s largest charity for homeless, vulnerable and isolated people; Hospice in the Weald which provides compassionate, holistic and supportive care for people with a terminal illness, their families and carers across West Kent and East Sussex and the 3H Foundation, a local charity which runs holidays and day trips for disabled people and enables carers to have respite.
As a long-standing, established business, we have been part of the West Kent community for over 270 years. It is very important to us that we give back and are passionate that we are an integrated part of the community. Here are just some of the things we have been involved in recently:
We are proud to be a long-standing Corporate Partner of Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. Trinity Theatre is a 291-seat theatre and arts venue in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, set in a striking 19th century Decimus Burton designed grade II* listed building. It is a vital community hub, offering outreach projects for local schools and community groups as well as running an ambitious programme of events and activities.
In the summer of 2022, we were delighted to be the reusable cup sponsor for Local & Live.
This four day, free music festival supports and showcases local grassroots music and is a highlight in the annual events calendar. We also supported the Tunbridge Wells Fringe Festival. This two week festival featured local artists, performers and groups offering a host of events across the arts, performing in a wide range of venues across Tunbridge Wells.
In 2022, we also linked up with the Sevenoaks Summer Festival by sponsoring one of their main events.
The Paddock Wood Summer Carnival is well attended by local residents and those further afield and we were pleased to continue to sponsor this event in 2022.
We are a regular supporter of the annual Tonbridge Calling Festival This free festival aims to increase diversity and tolerance by bringing people within the community together.
In addition to supporting local community events, we have also supported a number of local schools, sports teams and individuals as well as sponsoring local radio.