On top of this partnership, the Prince’s Trust are one of ten charities chosen by Pennies trustees to share 25% of every donation made via Pennies. Overall, nearly £80,000 has been raised for the charity so far, helping them to create their own success stories.
One of the ways donations are used is to provide financial and mentor support to young unemployed people eager to get their business ideas off the ground.
This is where your pennies are really making a difference by helping people like Naomi Spencer build her confidence and gain business skills.
Naomi grew up on a deprived estate in Birmingham and had grown to accept a life of poverty. But when she fell pregnant she decided to change her situation and use the Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme to help launch her balloon and luxury soap business Candy Bubbles.
“The Prince’s Trust has turned my life around,” says Naomi, who is now a Prince’s Trust ambassador keen to promote the scheme to other young women.
“I am committed to showing young people that they can get help just like me. I have made my mother so proud of what I have achieved and it would never have been possible without this great organisation.”
Since the Prince’s Trust started receiving donations from Zizzi customers via Pennies, the partnership between the charity and the retailer has grown. They are currently working together to deliver Get into Cooking, a four week employability programme designed to get disadvantaged young people into work. In October, Zizzi will offer nine young people from the London area the opportunity to learn the basics of the kitchen and work in their restaurants shadowing the Head Chef.
Fitting into this bigger picture of support for young people, donations made via Pennies make an important contribution to the work of the Prince’s Trust. So next time you have the option to donate this way, remember your pennies really do add up to pounds – and can make a big difference to someone’s life.