How a Chichester company is putting food and water on the table
Why has Michael Scott’s thriving Chichester-based Lazy Susan garden furniture company joined the fight against hunger and water poverty?
Michael says: “We have a great relationship with our customers, who like to send in photos of our tables and chairs in their gardens, on their patios and when they’re enjoying meals with friends and family.”
“It’s thanks to them that sales of our low-maintenance aluminium garden furniture have been going from strength to strength over the last ten years. Even with the uncertainties of Brexit, our sales in Europe have grown by 40% and we have doubled our local workforce. But we don’t take success for granted – that’s why we like to give something back by fundraising for charity each year. ”
“We thought our customers would really like the idea of doing some good when they send us their pictures to share. We are lucky that we can enjoy our meals to relax and socialise – indoors or outside – but there are a lot of people who aren’t so fortunate. That’s why it made sense to choose charities that fight food and water poverty.”
The Lazy Susan team is currently supporting four charities in their ‘Do Some Good’ campaign, making donations of up to £20 for each picture their customers send in. They now have over 2000 images in their gallery.
In 2016 charity:water came to the UK from America to raise funds for simple, sustainable water projects around the world. All of the donations they receive go towards initiatives such as freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters that can be delivered for as little as $30 per person.
Lazy Susan also supports the Food Cycle and Fare Share charities that aim to reduce food waste by collecting surplus food to create nutritious meals. They are helping to make sure vulnerable and lonely people can enjoy good food and good company at clubs and hostels around the UK.
The fourth charity, Children’s Food Trust, is working to make sure children have a healthy start in life. They help children and their families, carers and schools to understand the importance of a good diet and how to cook nutritious meals from scratch.
Michael says: “These charities are all doing amazing work that really makes a difference to people’s live. When there’s enough clean water and people have access to nutritious food, their health improves. When people don’t need to spend their lives worrying about finding clean water or adequate food they might be able to enter education and employment. That’s really doing some good.”