We have had a lot of fun, getting out and about to sell sweets to children. Unfortunately, a lot of children aren't able to get out at all and too many are suffering from incurable, often terminal diseases.
We know how lucky we are, and appreciate the blessed lives we have led so far, so we have always sought to donate a percentage of our profits to charity from each of the various business enterprises we have run.
To date these have included the children's hospice Shooting Star Chase, Teenage Cancer Trust, Research into Ovarian Cancer (R.O.C.), RNLI, Breast Cancer Cares, Make a Wish Foundation for Children, Royal Theatrical Fund and Children in Need.
In our Worcester shop we seek out new charity partners each year, so that we can play our small part in helping to improve the lives of others in the local community and across Worcestershire.
Throughout each year, we have regular fund-raising initiatives for that charity and also invite them to special evening events in our shop.
From November 2020 we have supported West Mercia Search & Rescue (WMSAR). This invaluable organisation is a member of the Lowland Rescue organisation, and part of the UK wide search capability (including Coastguard, RNLI, Mountain Rescue & Cave Rescue organisations). They are a volunteer, charitable organisation, with members donating their time and expertise for free, supporting the community where we live, especially Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
On call for West Mercia Police, their mission is to search for, locate and rescue vulnerable adults and children via trained volunteers, dedicated vehicles, rescue boats and specialist equipment ready to respond from the heart of our region 24/7. Examples of the types of calls requested to attend range from a child with learning difficulties missing from school, an 85 year old dementia sufferer walked out of the home to locating a person deemed as potentially suicidal and in immediate danger.
They have also jointly developed an education package with the West Mercia PCC, Police and Fire & Rescue Service called Home & Dry.
We at Mr Simms Worcester are delighted to support this cause and especially the volunteers who carry out its work with the corresponding anxiety such stressful situations can cause.
From June 2019 until October 2020 we worked with New College Worcester, for young people who are blind or partially sighted. We extended our period of support because of the Covid-19 lockdown and managed to raise £173.53.
We were delighted to be the first sweet shop in the area to launch braille menus of our top 400 sweets, and also a large-print version for those with partial sight.
In 2018/2019 we raised over £300 for Deaf Direct, based in Worcester, which supports deaf and hard of hearing people throughout Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Oxfordshire and strives for their equal participation and access without barriers or prejudice.
We at Mr Simms Worcester are very proud of our contributions to charity and would love for all children to be able to experience the everyday joy of buying sweets from a sweet shop.