With the festivities fast approaching, Rapid Retail would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Here at RR, we love this time of the year. Frosty mornings, time with the family and of course Santa’s imminent visit. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Spreading love and positivity becomes the seasons trend, so we’d like to take a moment to look at some of the wonderful work charities do, not only over the festive period, but all year round.

As opposed to sending traditional cards at Christmas, MD Nick Daffern and the RR team produce digital greetings for friends and families, and donate the money saved to selected charities. This year, as with many years prior, the money will go to the Michael Matthews Foundation. Additionally, donations will be made to Turney School in London.

The Michael Matthews Foundation  manages donations from the Matthews Family, friends and supporters for education projects in Africa and Asia. This is the tagline of the official site, however something so brief couldn’t possibly summarize the amazing work done over the years by the foundation. It was founded by Michael’s family after his passing in 1999 where he fell to his death when descending Mount Everest at the premature age of only 22 years old. Michael’s family and friends wanted his name to live on through something positive, and that it truly has.

Over the years, fundraisers have signed up to endurance sporting events which in turn are sponsored by Michael’s family, friends and supporters to contribute to the charity. MMF finds the best projects where the money will be used effectively and with high levels of local ownership and covers all management costs of the fundraisers, as stated on their website. Some of the work done by the foundation includes: funding vital school infrastructure, safe accommodation for girls and digital learning; all for children in poorer areas of the world.

Turney School works closely with children who suffer with varied forms of autism and experience speaking or learning difficulties. If you visit their website, you’ll find the following from Headteacher Linda Adams:

“Developing the whole child and young person is important across the Federation. Our ethos is to provide a secure, caring and supportive environment in which there is an expectation of pupil achievement and raised attainment.”

“This is reflected in all we do and throughout our website. Both schools apply an holistic approach to learning, and work closely with the speech therapists, the occupational therapist and the educational psychologist, the school doctor and nurse, as well as outside agencies to enable all children and young people with special educational needs to access the curriculum.”

With the topic of learning difficulties and autism being close to hearts of all at RR, and a young family member attending the school, it made perfect sense to contribute to such a fantastic scheme in order to offer the support Turney School deserves.

If you have a moment, we ask that you visit their websites below to see some of the amazing work accomplished over the years. And of course, we’d also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!