Charities We Support

Polycote firmly believes in leveraging the success of our company to give back something to the community through various charities which we support. We regularly donate our time, money, products and services to charitable organisations to help them achieve their goals. We have used our professional building maintenance products and expertise to assist with - and complete numerous worthy projects over the last 20 years.

If you find these pages helpful and would like to add your own support to any of the mentioned charities, please let us know and we will be more than happy to pass on your details (in confidence) to the relevant persons/organisation.


As one of the UK's leading children's charities, Barnardo's works directly with over 200,000 children, young people and their families every year. They run over 900 vital services across the UK, including counselling for children who have been abused, fostering and adoption services, vocational training and disability inclusion groups.

Every Barnardo's service is different but each belief in the potential of every child and young person, no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through.Polycote has for many years, been pleased to support this very worthy charity. One way we have been able to do this is to supply product for them to be able to sell at one of the distribution points around the country, assisting them in generating funds to help care for vulnerable children and young people.

Email to Steve Britchford, Senior Partner, Polycote UK – 14 January 2014

"I would like to say a huge thank you to Polycote on behalf of Barnardo’s and the GIK team for your continued support to donate us at the end of lines, unwanted stock and seconds, These products provide us with stock that can easily be sold on through our business network. These sales provide the Charity with a huge amount of revenue (most of which is entirely profit) and are used to provide comfort and benefit to thousands of children!"Kind regards, Sarah Hanif, Barbados

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. They provide, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service.

With their lifeboats, lifeguards, safety advice and flood rescue, they are committed to saving lives. Support for the RNLI means that lifeboat crews can reunite the 22 people they rescue each day with their families.

Polycote has been pleased to support this incredible charity in many ways over the last 20 years, not only by the ‘normal’ financial giving but also by way of products such as floor coatings and even labour to apply. We have included a copy of the Institutions home page as we would like to encourage everyone to have a look and see how you too could help in some way or other…

Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) – Coventry, 2012

WNAA is a charitable organisation serving the Warwick area and beyond, and has saved numerous lives since it was established in 2003.

WNAA has the fastest and busiest helicopter in the UK. The helicopter provided by this charitable organisation carries a senior doctor or consultant as well as paramedics to the accident, which means that they are able to start life-saving medical care and medication at the scene of the accident. WNAA responds to an average of 110 emergencies per month, in the Warwick area. Each mission costs £850. This local charitable organisation needs the local population to donate over £1.4million each year to provide this much-needed service to the Warwick area.

In conjunction with another supporting local business, Polycote was pleased to offer their time and professional skills to resurface WNAA’s damaged Helipad, which was out of service due to its poor condition.

Speaking about why his firm decided to help the Charity out, Neil Humphries, UK Sales Manager for Polycote UK, said: "We were delighted to help out Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. The crew work tirelessly to save countless lives in our local community, so this was our way of giving something back."

Jonathan Tuley, WNAA Pilot, said: "It makes such a difference having a proper helipad to land on, especially with winter coming up. One of the biggest advantages of the resurfaced helipad is that it is actually closer to the airbase, which means it takes us less time to get there – ultimately meaning we can get our life-saving pre-hospital care to the scene of an accident even quicker."

Other ‘Lesser Known’ Charities We Support

Bible and Gospel Trust

Established 1932 as a Charity, the Bible and Gospel Trust is a non-profit-making, publishing house, printing and distributing Christian literature and Bibles throughout the world. With its headquarters in Royal Borough of Kingston, London, England, there are further stockists in no less than a further eighteen countries.

The Trust’s aim is to provide for the increase and improvement of Christian knowledge and the spread of the gospel. To this end, over two million gospel tracts (leaflets) are printed each year.

Central Hardship and Relief Trust

The Central Hardship and Relief Trust makes grants to both individuals and organisations for many and varied charitable purposes including;

  1. the prevention or relief of poverty and famine
  2. the relief from physical disabilities
  3. religious activities
  4. accommodation and housing
  5. overseas Aid
  6. the advancement of health and/or the saving of lives
  7. provision of finance for specific needs of children / young persons in need
  8. provision of finance for the disabled/elderly persons with specified and/or dire need
  9. education and training
  10. the support of other charities and voluntary bodies.

Focus School - Biggleswade Campus, Focus School - Dunstable Campus

Focus Learning Trust is a registered UK charity established in 2003 for the advancement of education. The purpose of the Trust is to provide leadership and support to Focus schools, a group of affiliated independent schools registered as Schools with a Religious Character.

It’s General Goals and Mission Statement Objectives include:

  1. The enhancement of children’s learning
  2. Providing high-quality learning programmes matched to the needs of individual students and aimed at promoting their full participation in society
  3. Have content that is clearly linked to students' needs and interests
  4. Identify and assess students with special educational needs and apply appropriate teaching strategies

The Grace Trust

The Grace Trust was formed in 1968 and the charity’s objectives include;

  • Humanitarian aid and assistance in connection with worldwide natural disasters
  • The support of education across Europe were based on a Christian Ethos
  • Alleviation of poverty
  • Support of medical research & assisting other charities dealing with the care of the aged, ill and disabled
  • Assisting organisations which provide life-saving services which are not supported by Government funding

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