News | 18 December 2020

Giving back to our community this Christmas

We’ve donated £10,000 to local charity, the Genesis Trust. The charity supports vulnerable people in and around Bath, on their journey from crisis to independence. We made the donation via St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust – of which we’re part of the family.

The Genesis Trust – which also operates Bath Foodbank – supports homeless, disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the Bath area, offering opportunities for them to make healthy choices and improve their lives and prospects. The Trust does this by meeting their immediate needs, providing compassionate help and journeying with them as they gain confidence, learn new skills, overcome challenges, improve their prospects, and make choices for themselves to restore and rebuild their lives.

In addition to the donation, our teams and directors will also volunteer at the Genesis Trust in the new year, gaining first-hand experience of the work the Trust does and meeting some of the people who they help.

St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust was set up in 2003 to support local charities, good causes and individuals in need across the West Country. The Trust is funded by contributions from teams at Bath Ales and St Austell Brewery, as well as donations from our customers and fundraising events held in our head offices, depots and pubs. Since it was launched in 2003, the Trust has donated over £800,000 to charities and causes across the region.

St Austell Brewery is also giving £10,000 to its local foodbank in Cornwall and £5,000 to NHS Charities Together – which represents, supports and champions the work of the NHS’ official charities.

Piers Thompson, Chairman of St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust said: “We’re delighted to be giving something back this Christmas, to help where we can and to say an enormous thank you to those who do so much for our local communities in Bath and Cornwall.

“This year has been hard for so many people and we want to do all we can to help those who need it most. It’s an honour to support the amazing volunteers at our local foodbanks who do so much throughout the year, to improve the lives of those in their communities who have fallen on tough times.”

Nick Mayo, CEO of The Genesis Trust said: “We are so grateful for the donation from Bath Ales and the St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust. 2020 certainly hasn’t turned out as any of us imagined but at the Genesis Trust, we are managing to navigate our way through the pandemic. With generous support from local businesses, we can continue to help some of the most vulnerable, marginalised people and families in our local community.”

To find out more about the Genesis Trust visit:

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