It is a pleasure for us to work with local charities to help improve the quality of everyday lives. Every year, each of our properties chooses a local charity to support and you can see our latest activities below.
Harry Specters is Nadler Hotel's chocolate partner, where as a guest you can order a box of 9 chocolates (£8.00) to welcome you on your arrival made from the finest-grade chocolate, ethically sourced from sustainably grown cocoa.
However, there's more to Harry Specters than meets the eye. They are not only an award-winning chocolatier, but they are also here to further a social aim of providing employment and training opportunities for young people with autism.
Harry Specters was first imagined by a young boy (Ash Shah) with autism dreaming of a magical place where award-winning chocolates would be made. Today you can help Ash's and his parents' dream come true by buying lovingly handcrafted chocolates, created in an environment that provides a positive change for young people with autism. Every bar and every chocolate contributes to making a difference in the lives of young people with autism.
To put into perspective of how important this chocolatier's aim is, according to the National Autistic Society only 15 per cent of the 350,000 people with autism of working age in the UK are in full-time employment, while 61 per cent of those are unemployed and are desperate to work. The Co-Founder of Harry Specters, Mr Shaz Shah (Ash's father), has expressed that for people with autism finding paid employment is a major challenge and this can affect them mentally, physically and financially.
So buy a box of chocolates, and make that difference today!
For 2015, The Ian Mactaggart Trust, on behalf of The Nadler Kensington, donated £2,000 to the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, in particular to support one of their initiatives called 'Summer Sparks'. Our staff have also pitched in by donating their time to volunteer to help support the activities in-line with our engagement, sustainability and partnering ethos.
Whilst for many the summer is a time of fun and freedom, it can be a particularly challenging time for low income families. On our own doorstep there are many young people with very limited opportunities. Golborne in North Kensington, for example, is still the second most deprived ward in the whole of London, where 41% of children live in Child Poverty.
Since it was founded in 2008, the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation has grown to become a key component in the community, by helping to improve lives in the Royal Borough.
When people think of Kensington & Chelsea, they picture prosperity and privilege, yet the Royal Borough has the greatest gap between wealth and opportunity of any area in the UK. For example, the second highest level of child poverty in London is found in North Kensington.
The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation exists to highlight and address the key issues impacting local lives and to help local people, businesses and schools make a difference close to home by giving to local charities and so improving lives in the local community.
Amongst all its other work, the Foundation runs two flagship campaigns: Summer Sparks which is about giving local children in need the chance to learn new skills, discover new interests, go to new places an enjoy Summer 2016. The other Winter Warmth which addresses fuel poverty amongst older people in the Borough.
For 2015, The Ian Mactaggart Trust, on behalf of The Nadler Soho, donated £2,000 to the West End Community Trust - a charity which connects, empowers and improves lives of people living and working in the West End.
The West End Community Trust has four strategic goals which are: to enhance community cohesion across all generations and cultures in the West End, ensure residents of the West End are healthier and happier, ensure the residents are eating better for less and know their entitlements, and last but not least raise enough funds in order to achieve their objectives.
The Trust works in three main areas in order to meet it's objectives. The main areas are: the community events, the West End Time Bank, and the Soho Caring Agencies Forum.
For more information on The West End Community Trust, please click here.
For 2015, The Ian Mactaggart Trust, on behalf of The Nadler Liverpool, donated £2,000 to Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice Liverpool - a baby charity that provides palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years old suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.
Zoë is the Greek word meaning “gift of life” and at Zoë’s Place life is precious no matter how long it lasts.
Zoë’s Place can take up to six infants at any one time, providing care on a one-to-one basis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Accommodation and facilities for the whole family to stay is also available if needed.
Zoë’s Place Baby Hospices are the only baby specific hospices in the U.K. Liverpool was the first Zoë’s Place to be opened in 1995.
As a baby charity Zoë’s Place receive very little Government funding and therefore rely upon the generosity of the public to help raise the £1.4 million a year needed to keep the doors open for the many families that rely on their expert care.
If you would like to find out more information and help raise funds for Zoë’s Place's special babies, please click here.