Papworth Trust is delighted to announce that we have been chosen as a charity of the year for Suffolk-based Fred. Olsen companies in 2019/20.
Staff at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines to and Fred. Olsen Ltd, both based in Ipswich, will organise a number of in-house fundraising activities, such as dress down days, bake sales and sponsored challenges to support our work in the town.

Jo Revitt, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Papworth Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been named as one of Fred. Olsen’s charities for 2019/20 and we would like to thank their staff for choosing us.

“This will make a direct difference to the care and support we offer to disabled people and their families in the Ipswich area while raising awareness of the crucial work we do across the Ipswich area.”

Papworth Trust operates a range of leisure and learning activities through its Ipswich Centre day services in Foundation Street including arts and crafts, woodwork, gardening, catering skills, social skills and confidence-building.

It also runs care services in the town that were rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC in September 2018, and a First Steps to Success work programme which offers tailored one-to-one support to unemployed adults with Autism and mild to moderate learning disabilities, aged 18 or over and living in the Ipswich and surrounding area. Support includes training, apprenticeships, work placements, volunteering and employment opportunities.

Each year, all staff across the two Fred. Olsen companies are given the opportunity to ‘nominate’ a local charity to be supported for the next financial year. The charities that receive the highest number of nominations are then put to an internal vote. The charities that receive the three highest numbers of votes become the beneficiaries of charitable efforts by both companies for the duration of the year.

The company have also chosen East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and Guide Dogs as their official staff charities. 

Tom Nunn, Chairman of the Fred. Olsen Charity Committee, said: “With so many charities providing such vital services and support across our county, selecting our charity beneficiaries for the next year is always a difficult task. By sharing this out amongst the office we know that we are supporting causes that are very close to the hearts of our colleagues and their families.

“We have around 200 people employed at Fred. Olsen House and Dencora Business Centre and the teams always throw themselves behind our fundraising efforts – I know that this year will be no different.

“All of us here are looking forward to another year of fundraising for some extremely worthy causes, while having lots of fun in the process.”