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Local Business Community Raises Thousands for Smart Works Charity

The West Midlands business community has successfully raised over £5,000 for a local charity aimed at helping women get back into work.

Established in 2016, Smart Works Birmingham is an innovative charity that provides high-quality work clothes and interview training for women who are looking to enter the workplace.

Smart Works Birmingham’s fundraising lunch saw 130 people from across the West Midlands business community attend the event which featured guest speaker Isabel Spearman OBE, the brand consultant and former special adviser to Samantha Cameron (also an ambassador for the charity.)

Praising the high level of support the charity has received, Birmingham Chairwoman and Trustee, Philippa Pickavance said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve had this year and arranged this second lunch by popular demand. We’re grateful to Harris Lamb and the Wilkes Partnership for their generous sponsorship, which enabled us to keep our costs down and maximise the amounts raised.

“Like all charities, we rely hugely on volunteers, and we are fortunate to attract exceptionally talented women who want to help other women back into work. We’ll be organising more fundraising events in 2020 to complement out grant application elements of funding.”

Money raised from the lunch will be used to run Smart Work’s Birmingham branch at the BVSC Building in Digbeth, which currently relies on more than 40 trained volunteers to deliver the service.

Featured Image <i>(l-r)</i>: Joanne Penn-Crossland, Manager Smart Works Birmingham; Isabel Spearman OBE, Smart Works Ambassador and guest speaker; Laura Dalby, Smart Works National Business Development Manager; Caroline Wilkie, Trustee; Philippa Pickavance, Chairwoman and Trustee, Smart Works Birmingham.

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