For those of you who read our blog regularly, the news that we are a fairly community-focused organisation will not have passed you by. However for those who may be new to the Sprechen ethos, here's a quick round-up.
We are proud to support the Winchester Round Table Bonfire and Fireworks - now a firm fixture in the autumn calendar of so many. Steve spends an extraordinary amount of his free time working on charitable projects with the Winchester Round Table and other groups. If any of you saw the Santa Sleigh bringing Santa and Christmas spirit to the streets of Winchester in December, I won't challenge you to correctly guess who was the driving force behind it! (and the driver of it, actually).
Sprechen firmly believe that a business that has flourished in an area of the country should 'give back' where it can. We employ locally, choose locally run businesses (where we can!) to eat, drink and be merry, and Steve even lectures in our local higher education institution, the University of Winchester.
So you can imagine our slight dismay at the ongoing stories (including one new revelation this very morning) in the mainstream press about the behaviour and management of many well-known charities. While we agree that the actions of some well know and large charities are indefensible, it must be said that the huge majority of charities, many run on a fraction of the donations of the powerful household names, are caring, trustworthy and determined to make a difference.
Not every charity will get it right every time, but all of the charities we work with or Steve raises money for through the Round Table are brilliant. They are small, often run purely by volunteers and do amazing grassroots level work in the communities in and around Winchester. And this is key - they rely on donations to survive. So please don't give up on charities yet - the vast majority, whether big or small are doing inspirational work for people, animals, towns, cities and countries. We just need to keep the faith and keep raising the profile of charities whenever we can.