Over ubu’s 15 day Christmas Countdown we told you about each of the daily charities we visited and donated to (look back over December’s news to find out more), but there are three more organisations that ubu is proud to support.
The WWF and Dogs Trust charities are linked to the values of ubu, whilst St Gemma's Hospice is an organisation ubu holds close to our hearts.
In 2012 ubu launched our ‘Chat 2 Change’ mascots in each region; something that everyone could support, be proud of and respect. The mascots chosen were endangered animals that needed support: bears, lions and tigers. The WWF is well known for pioneering work to save and protect iconic wildlife, but more than that their ultimate goal has always been “people living in harmony with nature” – it’s about respecting and valuing the natural world and finding ways to share the Earth’s resources fairly. Our partnership with and support for the WWF is symbolised in the cuddly ubu mascots who are at home in all the regions we serve.
The Dogs Trust is the UK's largest dog welfare charity with a mission to “bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction”. The trust holds strong links with ubu as many of our customers choose to volunteer there after falling in love with our brilliant PAT dogs.
Thirdly, St Gemma's Hospice provides specialist medical and nursing care for people with life threatening illnesses, predominantly cancer, along with support for their families. The staff focus care around the needs of the individual and are respectful of all beliefs, religions and cultures.
As the largest hospice in Yorkshire (and one of the largest in England) the hospice provides in-patient care, but the organisation is more than just one building; the majority of patients are supported in the place they want to stay – often their own homes. In this way St Gemma’s puts into practise a value ubu is passionate about, respecting everyone’s right to live as they wish.
Some of the people we serve require the specialised care St Gemma’s provides, we would like to thank the hospice and note how well St Gemma’s patients are cared for.
So much good work is done thanks to these charities and the many others ubu has supported over the festive period.
Happy New Year!