Partnerships round-up: Book publisher will lose hair for Howard League

Plus: Santander renews link with Crowdfunder; Aberdeen Asset Management gives £10k to spina bifida charity

Jamie Byng before the hair comes off
Jamie Byng before the hair comes off

Jamie Byng, chief executive of the publishing house Canongate Books, has pledged to cut his hair off to raise money for the Howard League for Penal Reform.

The more money Byng raises, the more of his locks he will cut off, and if he reaches his target of £50,000 he will have his head completely shaved.

In a statement, Byng said: "The work that the league does is unsung, unglamorous but extremely important.

"The more I learn about the different ways in which Frances Crook [the charity’s chief executive] and her team are making a meaningful difference to the lives of people in prison and, as crucially, helping former inmates adjust to life on the outside, the more I appreciate the incalculable value of what this remarkable charity does."

The banking group Santander has renewed its partnership with the online fundraising platform Crowdfunder and will be offering a second round of £200,000 of funding to community groups. Social enterprises, small charities and community groups can apply to the fund. The chosen charities will be given the opportunity to pitch for funding from the public on Crowdfunder and Santander will match whatever is raised up to £10,000.

The first round of funding provided £200,000 to 33 projects to date, supporting projects all over the UK.

The global financial firm Aberdeen Asset Management has donated £10,000 to Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland to help fund its specially adapted holiday cottage.

The money will go towards the upkeep of Rebecca Cottage, the charity’s respite home, which allows those suffering from spina bifida, a debilitating spinal condition that often causes paralysis, or the related condition hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid on the brain, to take holidays with their families.

The cottage is specially fitted with equipment that people with the conditions might need, such as hoists to get them in and out of bed.

Staff at Aberdeen Asset Management’s Edinburgh office also support the charity by volunteering at the charity’s new bee and butterfly sensory garden in Cumbernauld, and helping with painting and decorating at Rebecca Cottage.

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