The phrase ‘Everything happens for a reason’ is one that we use a lot at Scarab London. It may be trite but it works for us and this was never so true as on the dark wet winter Sunday night when we were driving home from a fair.
On to the radio came the BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St. Martin-in-the-Fields Charity. By the time the appeal finished we knew that this was the charity that we were looking for. Every year since that night we have made regular but small donations to St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity. It has been our way of paying it forward.
It is a charity that helps homeless & vulnerably housed people.
The money that it raises from the annual BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal directly supports people through The Connection at St. Martin–in-the-Fields and across the UK through the Vicar’s Relief Fund & the Frontline Network. The Vicar’s Relief Fund provides small quick grants of up to £500 to prevent eviction or help people access accommodation. The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields helps people to move away from & stay off the streets of London by tackling the underlying causes of rough sleeping as well as offering practical help.
During the pandemic we were not able to make the same number of donations. However, the number of people needing help from St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity has increased and all charities have reported a drop in donations.
So how could we continue to pay it forward and support St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity now, when it is even more important to do so, and going forward?
We decided that rather than making one-off donations throughout the year, we would make donations that directly relate to our sales. So as from 01 November 2020 we have been supporting the work that St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity does, by sending it a fixed sum of money every month, based on and from our monthly gross sales.
It has never been more important to support small charities & businesses so by helping us to pay it forward you will be doing both.
Thank you for your custom and support.
Alan has over 30 years’ experience in the diamond, coloured stones, jewellery and valuation business. He was the co-owner of a leading diamond laboratory based in South Africa, grading diamonds and coloured stones to the G.I.A. system. Alan is an accredited jewellery valuator of the South African Jewellery Valuators Guild and a fine and accomplished cutter of coloured stones. He designs beautiful exclusive jewellery for clients world-wide.
Sue qualified and practised as a solicitor for many years in the UK before moving to Botswana where she continued to practise as a solicitor before opening her own consultancy business specialising in labour relations. She had the very great honour of being the first female judge in Botswana when she was twice appointed on a short-term basis to the Industrial Court bench.
We believe that you should look at every piece on its merit and that quality is not just about the age of the piece or the name of the designer/manufacturer. We also believe that collecting is about buying what you like and having the confidence to go with your instinct and mix styles and periods. Most importantly it is about having fun and enjoying your purchases.
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