Reasons to be cheerful …. one…

Back in May of last year, we didn’t have a base for our charity, no home, no where we could all meet. Apart from funding, crucial in itself, we needed a home, somewhere we could get together and make plans and preparation for the months ahead. Working from home, whilst something I’m glad I can do, can be a little isolating at times. Then there’s the added distraction of a two month old with the sweetest cheeks and all the home comforts and distractions that a lack of discipline can ruthlessly lay bare! Two people came to the rescue; Nathan and his old friend Mike Richards, MD of MR Recruitment. So there it was, the worlds number one global treasury recruitment consultancy kindly offering the number charity in the world dedicated to the empowerment of youth through the art and craft of songwriting a place to stay. And the rest, as they say, is history.

I asked Mike if he would blog about why he chose to help his friend as he went about establishing the only charity of its kind, anywhere! He hasn’t disappointed. MR Recruitment is committed to sustainable CSR and we’re very fortunate to be in a position to share all the energy, excitement and buzz of starting up a new charity with Mike and his colleagues Mike, Debbie and Matt.

Over to you Mike ……..

I was recently asked by one of my clients what we do / have done for charity as he himself was looking at giving up some of his spare time as an Interim Treasurer to an organisation he’s known for many years and he wondered what we’ve done and whether we would be interested in the Charity?

As I explained to him as well as Mike Tucker completing the Etape De Tour a stage of the Tour de France a year or so ago for Mencap, incidentally it was something like 110 miles up a mountain – mental if you ask me.

We as a team also do the London to Brighton Bike Ride the 60 mile bike ride that will be on 17th June this year and I will be Swimming Across The Solent in aid of the Isle of Wight Samaritans on the 29th July a busy time in store and yes we will be asking for your support!

In addition to all this we’ve been actively supporting The Nathan Timothy Foundation – the Songwriting Charity for the past 8 months.

The work they do addresses the emotional health and wellbeing of children using songwriting and music technology. Their workshops present children with opportunities to sing, write lyrics, perform and record their ideas both individually and as a team and it involves the children in actively supporting the progress of their friends every step of the way.

I became involved in the Charity through Nathan the founder of the Charity and a close friend of mine from University. In May 2011 he posted onto Facebook that he was looking for office accommodation and a central London location to try to get his Foundation started.

Nathan, despite being Welsh, has a heart of gold, a passion for music and a vision to help kids develop through the application of music and song. So we met and offered him the use of our offices. His immediate question was “OK, Mike but what’s the cost? We’re a start up with very shallow pockets – how will it work?”

My response was it’s free!

I felt that I wanted to be able to give back and support the charity as the work they do is fab. With 4 kids myself, I hope they get a chance to do some of the courses one day!

So they’ve shared the offices over the past 8 months for free as our bit to give back, once they’ve secured funding and I might add they’re nearly there! Then they can pay us back for the tea bags and start to make a contribution to our costs.

Until then we wanted to give back and support them! And you can too! Have a look at their website:

Or who knows you might think hang on we’ve got some Corporate Charity cash sitting around that needs to be used up and I’d love kids to really benefit from their Anti-Bullying Workshop, Bully Beat or their Olympic Sports-based program, Sportstracks

Then click here and have a look:

I’d say we’ve done our bit to try and help why don’t you?


Mike Richards

MR Recruitment

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