Our corporate supporters Some companies also encourage their staff to hold fundraising events, and many will match-fund their efforts. Companies can also choose to donate food for the breakfast sessions at our Drop-in Centre, or even to hold skilled activity sessions that help to upskill and provide some light relief for our homeless friends. Here are just some of the ways that our corporate supporters have helped us: Havas LynxThis award-winning Manchester advertising agency have supported us for many years. Not only have they volunteered, fundraised and donated items, but they’ve sponsored some of our events too. They also used their creative skills and expertise to launch a sales website for our RENU upcycling project, including the branding and marketing for it. Ready Steady Store Ready Steady Store is one of Barnabus’ longest running corporate supporters; they started to support our work back in 2010 when we reached out to them about providing storage for our donation drive. Since then they have provided us free and discounted storage and supporting many fundraising events including the Great Manchester Run. Read more in our blog about our story with them. Cuckoo DesignCuckoo Design led a wonderful art session for us, where they encouraged our friends to create banners and artwork to display in our Drop-in Centre. Since then, they have chosen us for a year of support. Staff frequently volunteer and fundraise for us, and they also produced our last Annual Report as a pro bono gift. J D WilliamsThe company is supporting us this year through volunteering, fundraising, and giving clothes donations. They generously launched a charity t-shirt on their online sites JD Williams, Simply Be and Jacamo with 100% of the profits going to Barnabus. Squire Patton BoggsSPB chose Barnabus for a year of support in 2017. During the year, they raised a phenomenal £14,502 through sponsored events, including quizzes, cake bakes and the National Three Peaks Challenge. They also donated practical items such as clothing, toiletries and food, while their staff regularly support us at our Drop-in Centre, RENU furniture enterprise, and offices. Bowmer & Kirkland We are so blessed to have the support of leading construction company Bowmer & Kirkland. Our partnership means that we can get homeless people off the streets, fully trained and employed in a steady job. Ultimately, this means that rough sleepers are able to move into a home they can call their own. Thanks to Bowmer & Kirkland’s thoughtful, supportive and generous approach to employment, we are confident that many others will find hope and a fresh start with them. Craig’s story Craig suffered a traumatic family break-up which led him into a period of depression. Unfortunately, his illness caused him to lose his job, and Craig attempted to take his own life. Without a steady income, he was forced to sleep on the streets, hiding it from his friends and family. After a year out of work and 6 months on the streets, one of Craig’s friends brought him to Barnabus. With a background in groundwork and plastering, we knew that Craig would be a perfect candidate for Bowmer & Kirkland. Craig has now been working for 6 months. He helps the managers with office work, snagging and health & safety matters. Craig’s can-do attitude and willingness to learn has not gone unrewarded. He has impressed his managers so much, that he is now taking an HND at Salford College to help him progress to a Site Manager position. Since we were able to help Craig, he has become passionate about helping others himself. He continues to be an inspiration for our homeless friends, proving that with a bit of vision, good mentors and a will to succeed, anything is possible.