Charity at Whistles
Here at Whistles, we work closely with many charities throughout the year, including Trekstock, NewLife, Smart Works, the Albert Kennedy Trust, The Trussell Trust, Refuge, The Prince’s Trust Women Supporting Women and World Book Day. We collaborate in various ways and hold fundraising events in an effort to become a more responsible, socially aware and sustainable brand that is continually evolving.
Trekstock is a charity dedicated to helping young adults overcome the challenges associated with cancer. With 34 young adults diagnosed with cancer each day in the UK, Trekstock offers physical, mental and social rehabilitation, helping their beneficiaries connect with a community of like-minded adults in their 20s and 30s living with, and beyond, a diagnosis of cancer.
In May 2019, Trekstock, Whistles and Twin Magazine trekked through the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco – to the summit of Mount Toubkal – in just six days to raising over £86k and awareness for the charity. We also launched a Limited Edition Charity T-shirt with illustrators Liv & Dom – £5 of every sale was donated to Trekstock. We were also proud partners of Giving Tuesday and donated 10% of our profits to our chosen charities Trekstock (2019 and 2020), AKT (2019) and Refuge (2020). This was based on global sales from Whistles standalone stores and online after taxes and overheads.
Registered Charity No. 1132421
AKT (ALBERT KENNEDY TRUST)
AKT supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment. The charity supports young people into safe homes and employment, education or training, in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates LGBTQ+ identities.
In 2019, to celebrate Pride in London and to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we collaborated with multidisciplinary artist John Booth to create three lively window installations for our London St. Christopher’s Place, Brighton and Edinburgh stores. John Booth designed 100 Limited Edition Rainbow prints which are available to buy online and in selected stores, with all proceeds going to AKT. We were also proud partners of Giving Tuesday and donated 10% of our profits to our two chosen charities, AKT and Trekstock. This was based on global sales from Whistles standalone stores and online after taxes and overheads.
Registered Charity No. 1093815
THE TRUSSELL TRUST
The Trussell Trust support a nationwide network of more than 1,200 food bank centres in the UK to provide a minimum of three days of nutritionally balanced emergency food to people locked in poverty while campaigning for change to end the need for food banks in the UK. Between April 2019 and March 2020, food banks in The Trussell Trust’s network provided a record 1.9 million food supplies to people in crisis, an 18% increase on the previous year.
In May 2020, we launched our online Whistles Book Club, with a live author reading from Lisa Taddeo’s bestselling book Three Women, hosted by writer, editor and curator Lou Stoppard. This was an exclusive web-based event, hosted on Zoom with a pay-what-you-can donation to The Trussell Trust. In December 2020, we collaborated with Studio Peover, a contemporary ceramics brand based in ‘The Potteries’ Stoke-on-Trent, for our Christmas window display. Thoughtful, handcrafted hanging snowflake ceramics were available to purchase for £20 each, with all proceeds going to The Trussell Trust.
Registered Charity No. in England & Wales (1110522) and Scotland (SC044246).
Since 2015 Whistles have also worked with NewLife, a charity partner dedicated to providing support, care services and medical equipment to disabled and terminally ill children and their families. They provide medical research and recycling services whilst offering a range of volunteering opportunities.
We donate clothing regularly to the NewLife stores across the UK to support this fundraising – giving clothes a new lease of life. In February 2021, our fourth instalment of Whistles Book Club featured a live author reading of The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré, with a pay-what-you-can donation to NewLife.
Registered Charity No. 1170125
We regularly donate a selection of samples and clothes to Smart Works UK, a charity that provides high-quality interview clothes and interview training to unemployed women in need. These women are referred from organisations such as job centres, work programmes, prisons, care homes, homeless shelters and mental health charities.
Registered Charity No. 1080609
Refuge opened the world’s first refuge in Chiswick, West London, in 1971. Since then, it has grown to become the country’s largest single provider of specialist support to women and children escaping domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence. On any given day, Refuge supports more than 6,500 women and children. Refuge’s national network of specialist services includes safe emergency accommodation through refuges in secret locations across the country; community-based outreach services; culturally specific services for women from South Asian, African and Caribbean, Eastern European and Vietnamese backgrounds; a modern slavery service; independent advocacy services for women at the highest risk of serious injury and homicide; a range of single point of access services for women and children across entire regions; and the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247.
In September 2020, the third instalment of our online Whistles Book Club arrived, with a live author reading from Caitlin Moran’s More Than a Woman, with a pay-what-you-can donation to Refuge. We were also proud partners of Giving Tuesday in 2020 and donated 10% of our profits to our two chosen charities, Refuge and Trekstock. This was based on global sales from Whistles standalone stores and online after taxes and overheads.
Registered Charity No. 277424
THE PRINCE’S TRUST WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN
Women Supporting Women is a passionate group who are committed to changing the lives of young women at The Prince’s Trust, helping them gain the skills needed to live, learn and earn. The mission of Women Supporting Women is simple: to provide the right help to nurture, empower and inspire young women to build their own futures through employment, self-employment, education or training.
For International Women’s Day, Whistles was proud to partner with The Prince’s Trust to support the #ChangeAGirlsLife campaign. On 8th March 2021, Whistles donated £1 from every global sale* from Whistles standalone stores and online. The money we raised will help young women in the UK facing enormous challenges to have a much brighter future.
Registered Charity No. in England and Wales (1079675) and Scotland (SC041198).
WORLD BOOK DAY
The World Book Day Charity changes lives through a love of books and shared reading, promoting reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, World Book Day is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.
In celebration of World Book Day 2021, Whistles joined forces with the charity to donate £1 from every online global sale* from www.whistles.com on 4th March 2021. Whistles Book Club also returned for a selection of free live readings on Instagram Live. Our live Whistles Book Club series included spoken word poet Patience Agbabi and author of The Time-Thief, Smriti Halls and her uplifting book about finding optimism, Rain Before Rainbows and her laugh-out-loud rhyming story Not That Pet, plus Jess Kidd and her latest adventures of magic, mischief and mystery, Everyday Magic.
Registered Charity No. 1079257