The "One Percent for Charity" (1% for Charity) is a donation concept founded and popularised by the founder of outdoor clothing company Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard.
Whilst his organisation concentrates on creating partnerships between companies and non-profit organisations, we here at Sailflags have expanded on the concept to include a variety of charities and causes to which we donate 1% of our company's annual turnover.
The concept is all about giving back and relies on businesses and/or individuals pledging and giving 1% of annual turnover to charity.
The organisations chosen this year to receive donations from Sailflags are:
Cornwall Mind – https://cornwallmind.org/
"We believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We listen, give support and advice, and fight for those who need our help. We provide accessible and ongoing mental health support across Cornwall and deliver a range of activities and projects including peer-led support groups, Wellbeing Programmes and One to One Outreach Support.
Our wellbeing service offers a range of face to face and online, recovery focused groups and activities for people that are struggling with mental health difficulties.
We know lots of people find being creative really helps their mental health and wellbeing. Creativity can help relieve stress and improve mood. Nourishing our natural creativity can help build and protect resilience and speed up recovery. We offer creative focused groups such as art, creative writing and music groups."
Last Chance Hotel - https://www.lastchancehotel.org/
“The Last Chance Hotel is a registered charity based in Cornwall and works hard to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abused and neglected dogs and other animals. We aren't like other rescues; we take in the animals that are on their 'last chance': the ex-bait and ex-fight dogs, the sick, the aged and the terminally ill.
We aim to rehome as many as possible, but some are too damaged and come to us for peace and love before they die, after a life of neglect and abuse. Our network of dedicated fosterers provides home environments for dogs, cats and small mammals. No animal is ever destroyed because they cannot be homed.”
Find out more about the Last Chance Hotel here.
Starlight Foundation - https://www.starlight.org.uk/
“At Starlight, we’re passionate about protecting play, both in and out of hospital. We make sure that our services don’t get left at the hospital door, and that families feel supported at all stages of dealing with serious illness.
We hold Starlight Escapes, Days and Breaks throughout the year so children and their families can leave the stresses of hospitals and hospices far behind. Our services are open to families that include a child or young person living with a serious illness.”
Read more about their services by clicking here.
Surfers Against Sewage - https://www.sas.org.uk/
“Surfers Against Sewage is a national marine conservation and campaigning charity that inspires, unites and empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife. We’re just like you – we love our oceans.
We’d like to see them better protected for the future for everyone. We’re a charity that is focused on creating great community projects and campaigns that you can get involved with to do just this.”
Visit the Surfers Against Sewage website here.
Young Lives Vs Cancer - https://www.younglivesvscancer.org.uk/
“We are the charity that helps children and young people (0-25) and their families find the strength to face whatever cancer throws at them.
We know everyone’s different, so we work hard to make sure each family has what they need to get through cancer. It could be a financial grant for a parent struggling to keep their child warm through their treatment or for a young person who can’t afford to get to hospital. Or helping a family stay together at one of our free Homes from Home close to the hospital where their child is having treatment.
And if we think families aren’t being heard by the whole system, we’re not afraid to raise their voices or shout on their behalf. Children and young people with cancer deserve the same opportunities as anyone else. We’ll always have their back, because we’ve been there before.”
Learn more about Young Lives Vs Cancer by clicking here.
In addition to 1% for Charity, learn more about the other ways Sailflags is contributing to the community and local eco system; we’ve taken on a rewilding project, we’ve installed solar panels, we do regular beach cleans and we support plastic recycling initiatives by using fabrics made from 100% recycled bottles.