Partnerships round-up: Blackwell's picks Book Aid International as charity of the year

Plus: Lloyds Banking Group staff volunteer for Mental Health UK; Whizz-Kidz signs up to two-year alliance with Nomura; Prince's Trust kicks off tie-in with Queen's Park Rangers

Book Aid International
Book Aid International

Book Aid International has been named as the academic bookshop chain Blackwell’s charity of the year.

The company said its shops in England, Scotland and Wales would support Book Aid International, which sends books to communities that might not otherwise have access to them, by donating the proceeds of its plastic bag sales to the charity throughout 2017.

As well as making a donation, the company said it would support the charity by helping it to generate additional funds and raise awareness of its work.

Alison Tweed, director of Book Aid International, said the charity was grateful to have been chosen. "We really value all our corporate partners and we are always particularly excited about collaborations where we have common ground, as we do in this case," she said.

"We join Blackwell’s team in believing that students should have access to the books they need whatever their circumstances."

Employees at Lloyds Banking Group are volunteering to help Mental Health UK, a network comprising the mental health charities Rethink Mental Illness, Support In Mind Scotland, Hafal and MindWise as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs until 14 May.

Lloyds staff will volunteer at Mental Health UK’s member charities throughout the week.

Through the two-year partnership, which started in January, Lloyds Banking Group also aims to promote awareness of the link between mental health and money problems and hopes to raise at least £2m a year for the network.

Whizz-Kidz, a charity that provides disabled children and young adults with mobility equipment, has announced a two-year partnership with the global investment bank Nomura.

The charity was chosen through a staff vote, and Nomura is aiming to raise £300,000.

Ruth Owen, chief executive of Whizz-Kidz, said: "Our partnership will make an amazing positive impact on the lives of many disabled children and young people – and their families – across the UK."

Staff from the youth employability charity the Prince’s Trust will be based at the stadium of Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club in a partnership that aims to use football to help marginalised young people aged 13 to 30 move into work, education or training.

The charity has worked in partnership with the club’s own charity, the QPR in the Community Trust, for a number of years. Tthe club said it hoped to expand the relationship so that eventually there would be dedicated facilities for Prince’s Trust courses at the club’s stadium.

Andy Evans, chief executive of the QPR in the Community Trust, said: "We have worked for a number of years with the Prince’s Trust to run Get Started With Football at our stadium. During this time we have seen first-hand the impact the programmes have on changing the lives of young people.

"We hope that if this partnership is successful, one day we can have more Prince’s Trust staff, and maybe staff from other charities, based alongside QPR in the Community Trust staff at a new QPR stadium, leading to us collectively ensuring our programmes place the participant and their needs at the centre of our offer."

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