CHARITY

2021

Each month, Jackson Films chooses a charity and makes a contribution.

This is our way of giving back.

See who's been picked this month or drop us a message and make a suggestion for next month.

January 2021

Honnold Foundation

Reading Alex's book, Alone on the Wall and immediately after, watching Free Solo (2018), it was an easy choice to acknowledge such an incredible individual achievement through a contribution to his foundation.

 

Even if you're not into climbing, you will be impressed by the film crew's ability to capture this remarkable story.

 

 Taken from the website:


"The Honnold Foundation envisions a world where all people have equal access to opportunity and live in balance with the environment. We believe in solar as a proven, environmentally sound solution to global energy poverty, and we award grants to community organizations whose projects are innovative, equity-focused, and have the potential to shift the narrative on what’s possible for energy access worldwide."

February 2021

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

I filmed a press release at Kew Gardens a few years ago for their bee and insect pollinator awareness event.

It was a fascinating and insightful day that keeps coming back to me whenever the plight of bees reappear in the news. 

Check out the resources available from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, as well as the

British Bee Coalition (www.britishbeecoalition.org)

to see what super simple contributions you can make to supporting bees and insect pollinators.

 Taken from the website:


"Bumblebees are an important and cherished component of our biodiversity. Several species are threatened with national extinction. We aim to ensure that populations of these species have a longterm future in the UK. Our more common bumblebee species contribute significantly to our economy through the pollination of crops. Pollination is vital for many of the nation’s wild plants and it helps to maintain affordable five-a-day fruit and vegetables. Bumblebees also support the wider ecosystem through pollinating a diversity of wild plant species."

March 2021

Groundwater Relief

One of the best things about being an independent filmmaker is the way it introduces you to people and organisations you may not have otherwise come across.

My wife told me about the challenges her friend's husband's work has in helping distribute water to those who need it most.

It's very easy to take for granted the fact that we just need to turn the tap on to get water. Not everyone in the world is so lucky.

 Taken from the website:

"Groundwater Relief provides technical support to organisations engaged in supplying water to the world's poorest and most vulnerable people.

Via our membership of over 300 technical experts, we help organisations construct and manage groundwater infrastructure in a professional, responsible, cost effective and sustainable way, engaging local authorities, companies and institutions."

April 2021

Vranch House

I am very lucky to live on a road that has a strong sense of community and so many families with young children. One of the families organised a plant and bake sale to raise money for a wheelchair accessible school bus for the local Independent Day School for children with complex physical difficulties. I wasn't able to make it but did provide some cakes as well as this month's donation.

Taken from the website:

"Vranch House School provides unique learning opportunities for children aged 2 to 18 with significant physical difficulties. Children may experience associated difficulties including: visual impairment and/or hearing impairment, speech, language and communication needs, severe, multiple and profound learning needs or complex medical needs. Educational and clinical work is integrated in a curriculum developed specifically to meet the challenges these children face both now and in the future."

May 2021

RD&E Charity

We were blessed with our second baby daughter at the beginning of May, which made for an easy choice for this month's donation.

The care and support received by all members of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the RD&E was exceptional. Thank you.

 Taken from the website:


"The RD&E Charity raises money to support the amazing and often lifesaving work that takes place across the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust."

June 2021

UNICEF

Living in the UK, I feel incredibly lucky to have been given access to COVID-19 vaccines. I settled on supporting UNICEF to donate towards the global fight against COVID-19, as not only are they part of the COVAX programme, they are a child-centric charity that takes a holistic approach to overcome the challenges many children face today.  

 Taken from the website:


"UNICEF works in the world’s toughest places to reach the most disadvantaged children and adolescents – and to protect the rights of every child, everywhere. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we do whatever it takes to help children survive, thrive and fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. 

The world’s largest provider of vaccines, we support child health and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, quality education and skill building, HIV prevention and treatment for mothers and babies, and the protection of children and adolescents from violence and exploitation."

July 2021

HELPMADINA

I've been a Type-1 Diabetic for well over a decade and know first-hand how quickly you can become ill when you can't get access to insulin. Thankfully, accessing insulin via the NHS in the UK is straightforward, other countries and communities have to overcome incredibly challenging obstacles.

 Taken from the website:


"In 2008, whilst Veronica was working in a town called Kambia, she witnessed the death of a previously fit and healthy young man. He had developed type 1 diabetes and was in desperate need of insulin. There was no insulin available and he lapsed into a diabetic coma. She could not believe that someone died simply because insulin was not available.

Insulin has been available since 1922 and is classified as an essential drug by the WHO. However, there are no reliable supplies of insulin in the country, so the life expectancy for a person who develops type 1 diabetes in Sierra Leone is estimated to be less than a year."