The Samphire Club is proud to support a number of smaller local charities.
These charities do vital and far-reaching work and and we'll be looking to raise both money and awareness for them throughout the year at Samphire Club events.
CHICKS is a national children's charity providing free week-long respite breaks to disadvantaged children from all over the UK.
A CHICKS break inspires new confidence and gives children the chance to have fun, enjoy new experiences and relax. More than anything, it gives them the chance to just be children. CHICKS began in 1992, and has since provided over 13,000 children with a much needed break. The charity has three retreats, two of which are based in the South West.
The children CHICKS supports come from a variety of backgrounds. They might be living in poverty, be young carers, be victims of bullying or abuse, or have been bereaved. The one thing they all have in common is that they could really benefit from a week away from their circumstances, and the chance to make positive childhood memories.
T: 01822 811 126
M: 07710 088 435
The National Lobster Hatchery (NLH) is a pioneering marine conservation, research and education charity that aims to help conserve native lobster populations, preserve marine biodiversity and ultimately help protect the long term future of our vulnerable marine resources and all who depend upon them.
This is done via the NLH's education and research outputs, coupled with a unique and innovative lobster stock enhancement programme; this involves raising baby lobsters at the hatchery until they reach a life stage at which they are better able to survive in the wild. At this point they are released back into the waters with the help of local fishermen and dive schools, helping to replenish natural stocks. The NLH's innovative hatchery techniques help improve juvenile lobster survival rate by around 1,000 times, compared to those born naturally in the wild.
The work of the NLH is both forward thinking and extremely innovative as it helps develop techniques that facilitate restocking a fishery should it experience collapse (as has happened in Scandinavia where lobster stocks have already collapsed and failed to recover). The NLH is already cited as ‘a Centre of Excellence’ and its research is being presented on the global stage, influencing marine conservation and food shortage issues worldwide:
"The charity’s work is incredibly important to our coastal communities; however it relies heavily on the support of forward thinking organisations and individuals that understand the need for a more sustainable approach to managing our vulnerable marine resources. We are extremely grateful to John Harvey for making The National Lobster Hatchery (NLH) a chosen charity of the Samphire Club. John, who is also a Patron of the NLH, is well known for his ‘love of lobster’ and he is notably passionate when it comes to Cornwall’s wonderful seafood industry and rich coastal heritage. As a result he has always shown great interest and support for the charity’s pioneering work to help provide future safeguards for our vulnerable marine resources and the many livelihoods they support. We cannot thank John enough for making the NLH a ‘Samphire Charity’. We have no doubt that his legendary, dynamic networking abilities and the exciting opportunities this exclusive members' club will generate, will have a significant impact on the charity’s ability to help protect the future of our seafood industry for generations to come."
The National Lobster Hatchery
Robert Owen Communities (ROC) has supported people with learning disabilities and their circles of support, in accommodation and community-based wellbeing services in Devon and Cornwall for 25 years.
ROC's activities are focused on care and support, education and training, work and employment and the ongoing welfare and development of some 400 people. We believe ROC is currently the only charity in the South West which has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission - twice.
In Cornwall, ROC operates a 40 acre farm at Blackwater - a pathway, for the people it supports, into the world of work; a vibrant social club (probably the county’s largest) based at Truro College and a new service, ROC Active, at Polkyth Leisure Centre in St Austell.
ROC Active focuses on recreation, healthy living and team building – an integrated service for which ROC recently received a national 'Skills for Care' accolade.
Ryan’s story: Ryan left agricultural college in 2012 to work on ROC’s Boscawen Farm. ROC then supported Ryan into work at Mitchell & Webber where he cleaned large trucks with high-powered pressure washers. Following a course in animal husbandry, Ryan is now working on a commercial farm 2 days a week. He beds down cattle, shears sheep and manages the pigs – independently. His next task is to learn to drive a tractor. The farmer regards him as indispensable!
This year’s ROC 5K (3 mile) fun run in Truro took place on the evening of Tuesday 28th June – a wonderful celebration of inclusivity with 500 people coming together in bright green running shirts to raise funds and awareness for people with learning disabilities.
The Samphire Club is a sponsor of The ROC 5K and John, together with BBC Radio Cornwall's Daphne Skinnard was event MC. For information, go to www.roc-uk.org/ROC5K500
Robert Owen Communities (ROC)
Calvin Lovelock, Fundraiser
EDT delivers over 30,000 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) experiences each year, for young people age 11-21 across the UK.
EDT's range of work-related learning schemes provide opportunities for young people to enhance their technical, personal and employability skills through industry-led projects, industrial placements and specialised taster courses.
EDT helps develop partnerships, building links between educators and industry employers, helping organisations reach talent and connect with young engineers and scientists across the UK. Regional Director, Chris Ward comments:
"EDT is delighted to be working with John and to be a part of the Samphire Club. It's an excellent way of bringing businesses together without the hard sell and building relationships that go beyond the superficial work level."
T: 01752 762111