The Barratt Foundation and leading housebuilder, Barratt Homes, has been spreading some festive joy to children in disadvantaged areas around Portsmouth this Christmas as its charitable Foundation announces a half a million-pound partnership with Magic Breakfast.
Barratt has teamed up with the children’s charity, which provides nutritious school breakfasts to children and young people at risk of hunger across the UK, via the Barratt Foundation, and has pledged to donate an incredible £500,000 to the charity over the next two years.
Marking the start of the partnership, the developer has been supporting Magic Breakfast’s annual ‘Magic Makers’ campaign, and Barratt bosses visited one of the charity’s partner schools in the region to deliver Christmas presents to children attending St Paul’s Catholic School in Paulsgrove’s early morning club.
The Barratt Foundation supports charities across the country on behalf of the housebuilder. Head of the Foundation, Andrew Button-Stephens, said: “Joining Barratt’s Southampton Division on this local Magic Makers school visit with Magic Breakfast, was a real pleasure. It was wonderful to see the children’s reactions to their gifts and it just showcases why we are investing £500,000 over the next two years as part of this brilliant new national partnership.”
James Dunne, Barratt Homes Managing Director, Southampton Division, said: “At Barratt we are committed to supporting individuals who need it in the areas we are building and this partnership with the Barratt Foundation and Magic Breakfast is really important. I’m delighted we’ve been able to mark this collaboration by handing over these presents to local children this Christmas. Thanks to all involved.”
Lindsey Macdonald, CEO of Magic Breakfast said, “We’re delighted about this multi-year partnership with the Barratt Foundation who have such a focus on supporting the communities in which it operates. Child hunger in the UK is a significant and desperate issue, with 1 in 4 children now at risk of going hungry. With just 28p funding a Magic Breakfast, their donation of £500,000 over two years could provide more than 1.78 million breakfasts to help fuel learning in our partner schools and setting children and young people up to thrive.”
Magic Breakfast is aiming to end hunger as a barrier to education in UK schools through the provision of healthy breakfasts to children and young people living with food insecurity. The charity works with schools to ensure that no child is too hungry to learn and thrive. Its partner schools usually open their doors a little early each morning to offer their students a free, nutritious ‘magic’ breakfast, ensuring they start their day the right way.
The Barratt Foundation brings a long-term strategy to support charities, national and local, large and small, across the UK, leaving a powerful legacy in the communities in which it operates. The Foundation’s vision is to help communities throughout the UK to thrive, focusing its support on children and young people and those most disadvantaged.