It’s been a joy to explore what makes us feel good this month, and to share and celebrate some of the impact we have had together. Here’s some final thoughts on what Feel-Good Feb is all about from our Chief Executive, Alison Hutchinson CBE:
Hasn’t #FeelGoodFeb been special? Thank you for engaging with us, for sharing your stories and reading ours. More than ever, Pennies feels like a truly powerful community making real change happen. It’s amazing how quickly micro-donations add up to make a meaningful difference. More on that later, but first up here’s a reminder of this month’s highlights, just in case you missed anything.
We were thrilled to kick off the month with two big bits of news: as we received recognition as the leading global fintech charity, and we announced a fantastic new partner in Greene King with Pennies being adopted across their many pub and bar brands (including Loch Fyne restaurants). This will make a huge difference ensuring Macmillan Cancer Support teams are right there with people diagnosed and living with cancer.
We applauded a big £2M milestone reached for Teenage Cancer Trust and Domino’s Pizza, and shone a spotlight on a number of other places where your donations are making an impact. In total we shared five new stories from charities about how they put your pennies to use, from helping communities supported by a local football club to funding counselling and advice for children at risk of abuse and neglect. You can read all those stories and more, right here.
We also gave some insights into what’s hot in retail this year in terms of ethical and responsible practice, explored ways we can feel good through small acts, and looked at the benefits of volunteering for businesses and their teams – in addition to the benefits for the charity that receives tangible support and impact.
The best bit about all this: it’s what we achieve day in and day out, and is in no way limited to one month in a year!
I think that by talking about the many ways we are connected – as communities, as families, friendship groups and colleagues – we see the things that hold us together rather than divide us. Our lives are busy and multifaceted, and most of us want to feel part of something larger than ourselves, but don’t always know how to get involved – because of time, because of money or because we don’t know where to start.
At Pennies we just want to make giving a little a lot easier. As we carry less cash, it’s harder to drop a few pence in a collection box during our busy days – traditionally the most popular way to make a small contribution.
We are all about giving your small change a big purpose, as you go about your day. This is vital funding for the UK charity sector and a movement for anyone who wants to contribute, no matter their circumstances. It is something we are proud to create and champion, and we invite everyone to join-in.
After all, feeling good isn’t just for February!
Alison Hutchinson CBE