’s Charity of the Year
, Aspire Oxfordshire, has won the Oxfordshire Business Awards ‘Oxford Times Charity and Community Award’.
Aspire Oxfordshire, based in Oxford, helps homeless people and those with a history of addiction back into the workplace through training and work placements.
Chief executive Jenny Fox said: “This means so much to the whole organisation. It will raise our profile and enable us to help more people living on the edge of society get back into work.”
The charity offers experience in gardening and horticulture, materials and clothes recycling, furniture removals and upcycling, general and online selling alongside removals, clearance and maintenance work in addition to work placements with partners.
To celebrate their success on 15 June, Jane Harris, head of fundraising, told Recruiter
that all the charity’s disadvantaged and homeless trainees would be crowned king or queen for the day this weekend [24 June].
“We’ve built a throne from recycled materials, and will be collectively undertaking the world’s first ‘Off Road Throne Challenge’ across five miles of hilly, rocky and muddy countryside at the Red Kite Ramble in the Chilterns.”
Aspire’s target for the day is £2,000 and Harris would be extremely grateful for any donations to help them on their way
However, she added: “It’s not all about money though – you can’t put a price on restored self-confidence, families getting back together or a person’s dignity and pride.”