Posted: 13/08/19 by Workbridge
Michael Jones Jeweller in Northampton has kindly donated £24,000 to Workbridge, a Northampton charity offering vocational workshops for people with mental illnesses, brain injuries or learning difficulties.
Workbridge was originally set up by Michael Jones almost 40 years ago. He became the founding Chairman of Workbridge, for 18 years. Michael passed away in 2017 but the relationship continues.
The £24,000 was raised at an special event in June to mark the jewellers’ 100th birthday. It was an evening of celebration with entertainment by opera singer, Lesley Garrett, as well as an auction to raise money for Workbridge. The money donated will be put towards opening a gift shop in memory of Michael and will display the wonderful quality products created by service users at Workbridge.
Helen Wright, head of Workbridge, attended the event along with Tom Cooney who is a service user at Workbridge.
Helen shared the following: “Everyone at Workbridge is so grateful for the continued support we receive from the Michael Jones staff and their customers. Anne Jones (Michael’s wife) regularly visits Workbridge and our service users; it is always lovely seeing her. It is a fitting tribute to Michael Jones to open a gift shop in his memory, where we can sell beautifully made products by our service users, including canvas prints. We are only at the planning stages and face many challenges but we are very positive about the future.”
You can find out more about Workbridge, visit their retail outlets and find out how your business can get involved in volunteering days and work placements with Workbridge at: www.workbridge.org.uk.