The donation follows a successful trading year for Gibsons - in 2020, it saw its jigsaw sales soar by 59%.
The charitable donation will be shared across eight organisations, representing a variety of important causes, aligned to the company’s CSR strategy and close to the hearts of the Gibsons’ team. The charities to benefit are Alzheimer’s Society, Friends of the Earth, Jigsaw4U, Macmillan Cancer Support, Samaritans (Croydon and Sutton branch), Small Steps, The Toy Project and YoungMinds.
Kate Gibson, Managing Director, at Gibsons says: “Every year we donate a percentage of our profits to charity, as part of our social responsibility and commitment to giving back to society. We’ve pledged to grow our fundraising year on year, through a range of initiatives, such as donating £2 to Samaritans for every Rainbow Heroes puzzle sold, and now this year’s incredible £50k being shared across important causes”.
Commenting on receiving their donations from Gibsons:
Adam Scott, Corporate Partnerships Manager Friends of the Earth: “A massive thank you to everyone at Gibsons for this incredible £10,000 donation - it will support Friends of the Earth’s work to help secure a safe climate and thriving nature for everyone, everywhere. It is also great to see Gibsons taking responsibility for minimising its own impacts via its Green Game Plan, a good example of the action all businesses must take if we are to protect our natural environment.”
Jane Garfield, Charity Director, The Toy Project: “The support we’ve had in getting our Play Room up and running has been more than we could have ever dreamt of. With Gibsons donating £4,000 we have covered running costs for another three months on top of the 11 months already sponsored. We could not be more grateful. We look forward to hosting many ‘puzzle nights’ with Gibsons stunning puzzles!”
Anita Coppola MBE, Head of Small Steps: “We’re delighted to receive a £4,000 donation from Gibsons. It’s generosity like this that really makes a difference – enabling us to keep offering a free service to all of our families. Our core community events fundraising stream has been massively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic - this donation will ensure that four of our Small Stepper children (and their parents) will benefit from five half-day sessions over five weeks; singing, playing, having fun and focusing on the positive whilst participating in stimulating activities to address all areas of their development. Thank you Gibsons!”
Lucy Haines, Regional Fundraising Officer, Alzheimer’s Research UK: “We would like to take a moment to say a heartfelt thank you to our brilliant supporters at Gibsons for their incredible £10,000 donation! We feel honoured to be benefitting from their generosity, and thanks to backing from wonderful organisations like Gibsons, we are closer than ever to bringing about life-changing treatments for dementia. On behalf of everyone at Alzheimer’s Research UK, a big thank you, we couldn’t do what we do without you.”