Thanks for Giving 2017
This year we raised £100,000 for local charities, including hospices, children’s trusts, air ambulance services, animal sanctuaries, guide dog and lifeboat charities, to name just a few, across the UK. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part in the walk across the Jurassic Coast and we look forward to announcing the Thanks For Giving campaign for 2018 early in the New Year.
Click here to find out which charity we supported in 2017 near you.
Project Fresh Face
Since 2016 we’ve been working in partnership with Hampshire Cricket in the Community and local schools in Hampshire on project Fresh Face. The aim is to inspire the next generation of students to get involved in business and give them the opportunity to design a FatFace product. With over 200 children taking part already and following the success of the project, we’re proud to continue to support this initiative. Students are now busy working on their designs and we can’t wait to see what they come up with.
Thanks For Giving 2016 Following on from the huge success of our Thanks for Giving initiative over Black Friday in 2015, FatFace decided to team up with the FatFace Foundation and do it again in 2016. One year on, the objective remained the same; no discounting, loads of donating.
The idea came about in 2015 from a desire to support local charities and turn discounting into something more positive before Christmas, waiting until December 26th in order to give our customers a genuine Boxing Day sale. Under our Thanks for Giving initiative, a percentage of profits were donated to charities local to our 225 stores, each chosen by our store Crew and head office staff.
Our second initiative took place between 21 and 28 November 2016 across all FatFace stores and at fatface.com and after a great response from customers, as well as significant support on Facebook and Twitter, we managed to raise just under £200,000! This amount was divided between all of the chosen charities and the FatFace Foundation.
Take a look at our 2016 Thanks For Giving Flickbook to see how your donations made a difference around the UK and Eire.
Click here to find out which charity we supported in 2016 near you.
Our Partnership with the Prince’s Trust
The Prince’s Trust helps young people who are in, or are leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or have perhaps been in trouble with the law. Their programmes give young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives.
For a year now, FatFace have been proud sponsors of four of the incredible initiatives the Prince’s Trust pioneer:
We’re so excited to continue our involvement with the trust, investing in the future of young people.
Prince’s Trust – Tomorrows Talent
FatFace, along with two other brands, were proud to be part of the ‘Tomorrow’s Talent’ competition, an initiative dedicated to supporting talented young artists from across the UK. Two of the winning designs will feature in our Spring 17 range, hitting stores in January 2017 the proceeds of which go to The Prince’s Trust.
The winners will get the support of the brand, plus shopping vouchers, an HP tablet, and a full set of the products created with their print!
Each of the artists had been given a brief from the company they chose to represent. As a family brand whose customers enjoy an active lifestyle, FatFace asked the artists to think about exploring the outdoors - about natural textures and finishes, with an artisan aesthetic, perfect for scarves and bags.
Out of 300 entrants, two stand out winners emerged who’d really captured the essence of the brand: Jess Mahy and Sally Darby. We instantly loved Jess’s intricate floral patterns and sparse, but effective, colour pallet. Sally’s design was a huge hit with the Design and Buying Teams, with a bold repeating graphic and rich, autumnal colours.
‘Thanks for Giving’ Initiative
As part of our ‘Thanks for Giving’ initiative for Black Friday, instead of discounting, we decided to donate to charity.
The idea came from a desire to support local charities and turn discounting into something more positive before Christmas, waiting until December 26th in order give our customers a genuine Boxing Day sale. Under our “Thanks for Giving initiative”, 10% of our net profits were donated to charities local to our 221 stores, each chosen by our store crew and head office staff.
The initiative took place between Thursday 26th and Monday 30th November 2015 across all FatFace stores and at fatface.com and, after a great response from customers, plus significant support on Facebook and Twitter, we managed to raise just under £200,000! This amount has now been divided equally between all of the chosen charities.
Take a look at our 2015 Thanks For Giving Flickbook to see how your donations made a difference around the UK and Eire.
Click here to find out which charity we supported in 2015 near you.
Nepal Earthquake Appeal A big thank you to Crew and customers who helped us raise a massive £50,473 to support our friends in Bhaktapur, Nepal. This region was badly effected by the Nepalese earthquake on 25th April 2015. The response, effort and generosity was overwhelming to see - THANK YOU!
We worked closely with our Nepalese supplier located in Bhaktapur, to understand more about the situation on the ground and find out how we could have the largest possible impact with the funds raised. Of the 250 staff members, 165 had their homes either destroyed or declared unsafe.
The international aid effort set up to help Nepal recover from the earthquake focussed on the immediate needs of those affected, providing temporary shelter and services to sustain livelihoods in the short term. Our supplier also provided immediate assistance to their staff, including the provision of temporary shelters and the distribution of food and clean drinking water. As a result of this, we concluded that the funds raised by FatFace were best directed to bringing long term sustainability to the lives of our friends.
To do this, we are supporting the establishment of a building material cooperative in collaboration with our supplier. Through this approach, the money raised by our Crew and customers will enable the provision and heavy subsidisation of building materials to all the staff affected. This innovative initiative will provide valuable support in the rebuilding of their homes.