Charities and Good Causes
Beds and Bars has a long history of working with charities, to support good causes whenever and wherever we can. The following is a summary of the charities we have helped champion in the past and those that we are currently working with.
Supporting The Team Margot Foundation
November 2014: At the Beds and Bars AGM our staff voted unanimously to throw our support behind The Team Margot Foundation, campaigning for more potential bone marrow and stem cell donors to be swabbed and registered, in the fight against blood disorders such as Leukemia.
This decision was taken after Beds and Bars successfully raised £120,000 to build and run a school in Minyalala, Kenya, with charity partner Build Africa.
The Team Margot Foundation is a cause that is familiar and close to the hearts of many at Beds and Bars. For those not familiar with little Margot's inspiring journey, you can find her full story at teammargot.com.
In supporting the Team Margot Foundation, Beds and Bars pledge to raise awareness and funding through the network 22 businesses, across seven countries and ten cities. Reaching out to our customers and local partners, and running charity focused events across Europe - we will raise the vital funds needed for research, and finding a cure.
A primary objective of the Team Margot Foundation is to gain exposure and raise awareness. By educating people all over the world and encouraging them to swab, the foundation will increase the current DNA bank. This international database is crucial in the search for suitable bone marrow donors, to treat those suffering with blood cancer.
PubAid was founded by: Keith Knowles (CEO and Founder, Beds and Bars), Tim Sykes (Chairman, Beds and Bars) and Des O'Flanagan (Ex S&N MD). Working with business leaders from across the sector, the objective of PubAid is to showcase the great charity work carried out each year, by UK pubs.
The Bridge Walk
Every two-years Keith Knowles - CEO and Founder of Beds and Bars - invites heads of industry to join him on a charity fundraiser walk in London. This event across some of the city's most iconic bridges, raises thousands of pounds for a good cause, chosen by the participants.
The 2014 Bridge Walk for charity raised a record £96,574 in aid of Team Margot. The same cause soon became the Beds and Bars charity of choice in 2015.
Only a Pavement Away
Only a Pavement Away is a charity that helps to reintegrate the homeless, ex-offenders and ex-service personnel back into society. The charity’s main aim is to help people struggling to get into work by helping them to find jobs within the hospitality & restaurant industry.
Keith Knowles has been a long supporter of the charity with the cause being very close to his heart. Our donations to the charity help to provide those in need with a brighter path for the future. So far this year, the amazing charity has managed to get 31 people into work with 27 of those coming in via Crisis & 4 being ex-offenders. By next year, the charity’s target is get 250 people minimum into work. In 2019, Beds and Bars donated £5000 to the charity.
Meningitis Now is the only charity dedicated to fighting Meningitis in the UK. Their vision is a future where no-one in the UK loses their life to Meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need to rebuild their lives. Young people, particularly students are most prone to Meningitis. We help to support the charity at Beds and Bars by helping to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms amongst our young customers so victims can catch the disease early.
Discovery Sailing Project
The Discovery Sailing Project is a charity that works to give everyone an equal opportunity to experience Sail Training. Sail Training is a challenging and fun way to develop self confidence and change lives. By offering offshore sailing experiences to young people, the Discovery Sailing Project has taken thousands of young people to sea who come from all walks of life and all backgrounds giving them the skills and experience needed to sail, and many are now members of the project sailing as skippers and mates.
Beds and Bars has been a long supporter of this charity; CEO Keith Knowles was a former member of Sea Scouts and has a passion for sailing.
The Dockland Scout Project is the largest youth organisation water activity center and campsite for Scouts and Girl Guides in London. Based in the West India Dock Complex to the East side of London, this charity offers the perfect location for Water Activities, Open Days and formal training courses to youth groups and adults involved in organisations such as Scouts, Guides and Cadets.
By bringing together flying historic naval aircraft, people and the stories associated with flying from warships at sea, NAVY WINGS aims to inspire future generations and to create a focus for remembrance. The NAVY WINGS Collection unites a range of owners and operators of historic Naval aircraft. Their aim is restoring and maintaining the most significant collection of flying historic Royal Naval aircraft in the world, keeping historic aircraft in the skies.
Old Emanuel Rugby Club
Beds and Bars have long been sponsors of the Old Emanuel Rugby Club. Established in the 1909-10 season, the Old Emanuel Rugby Club produce 3 sides per week, a veterans side for occasional fixtures and a successful mini's section.
If you want to know more about the Old Emanuel Rugby Club, please visit their website - https://www.oldemanuelrfc.co.uk/.
We're always looking to work with charities, when and where we can. If you would like to become a Beds and Bars charity partner, please get in touch and we will schedule a time to meet. Contact our charity team here.
PAST CHARITY PARTNERSHIPS
Build Africa: In 2011 Beds and Bars entered into a partnership with the UK based charity Build Africa, to support Minyalala Primary School - an under resourced school in the Mwala District of Kenya. During this partnership £120,000 was raised to construct new classrooms and toilets, and train teachers, and educate the local community about HIV and AIDS prevention.
If you want to know more about Build Africa please visit their website - www.build-africa.org
Just a Drop: In August 2010 - the Amsterdam division of Beds and Bars began a Europe wide fundraising project for Just a Drop. This small organisation builds wells and water pumps, and implements health and sanitation programs in developing countries.
If you want to know more about Just a Drop and what they do, please visit their website - http://www.justadrop.org.
Australian Bush Fire: Following the devastation caused by the Australian Bush Fire in 2009, every Belushi's bar across Europe went to work raising money for the Red Cross Australia Bush Fire Appeal. As a sign of solidarity with the many Australians working within Beds and Bars, special fundraising events were held at every bar across Europe.