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The QEII Conference Centre announces partnership with The Jarrett Foundation

The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (QEIICC) is the first UK venue to forge a partnership with The Jarrett Foundation – a charity that works with businesses and schools to send unwanted furniture, conference bags and other promotional items to second and third world countries for children to use.

Darren Jordan, event manager, The QEIICC said “Last year I noticed that one of our clients had quite a few conference bags left at the end of their event. We have keen recycling and waste targets at The QEIICC so I was determined to do something about it. I have championed a Centre wide initiative, where we are working with all of our clients to ensure that any of their left over bags, pens, notepads etc are donated to this amazing charity. Once we have a client’s permission, we store the bags and the foundation picks them up from us. The initiative has only been going a month, but I think we have already given a few hundred bags to them. They will be sending us a photo showing exactly how each company’s bags are being used and we will pass these pictures onto the individual client so they can see too. It’s a win-win situation – they find good homes for these items and companies are saved the cost of sending them to landfill.”  

Pearl Jarrett, CEO of The Jarrett Foundation said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with such a prestigious venue. Partnering with venues is the first step in our campaign and I urge other venues, suppliers and organisers to do the same. Obtaining stock is the first step of the journey; to ship one container costs us around £4,000 so we are also looking for cash donations and volunteers to help for a day – it makes a great teambuilding event for a company to do, and it ticks their ‘CSR’ box too. We would welcome the chance to work with other companies within the events industry on team building and fundraising initiatives. If anyone is looking for a ‘charity of the year’ we would be delighted to talk to them!”  

Since its creation in 2010 The Jarrett Foundation has diverted over 70 tonnes of unwanted items from landfill and shipped them to schools in Gambia, Jamaica and Sierra Leone.

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