The Screwfix Foundation was set up in 2013 with a view to helping fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and facilities for those in need in the UK. In June that same year, the charity also became beneficiaries of donations made via Pennies, thanks to Screwfix’s customers rounding up their orders by just a few extra pence when shopping online.
These donations have fast become a vital additional source of funds for the Foundation and in just 18 months, well over 200,000 micro-donations have been made in support of a huge range projects and causes.
So, what exactly do customers at Screwfix.com help fund with their digital pennies? Put simply, these donations improve the facilities available to causes, projects and communities that need it most. This can be anything from supporting projects connected to their national charity partners, Barnardo’s and Macmillan Cancer Support, to lending a hand to smaller, local registered charities like Hop Skip and Jump Foundation South West.
Bristol-based Hop Skip and Jump were awarded £1,000 from The Screwfix Foundation in late 2014, money that is set to play a key role in improving their three centres, which provide immediate and flexible day, evening and respite care to children and adults with life limiting illnesses, disabilities and special needs.
For Hop Skip and Jump, the funds will help upgrade their wet room and the outdoor adventure play area as well as helping cover some essential painting and decorating costs.
To date, The Screwfix Foundation has received £40,000 via Pennies, with enough raised each month to fund several grants like those received by Hop Skip and Jump. When you think the average donation made by Screwfix customers is just 17p too, this sum is even more extraordinary.
So whether you’re a tradesperson picking up supplies online or just thinking of doing a little DIY this weekend, think about donating a few pennies at the Screwfix checkout and know they’ll be making a huge difference.