Supporter of good causes through direct action and financial support.
I’m particularly interested in charities that address social isolation and loneliness for older people, but also keen to support causes that give young people opportunities they might not otherwise have access to.
The Silver Line
Founded by Dame Esther Rantzen, The Silver Line is a 24×7 helpline and charity to support socially isolated and lonely older. It receives over 1,500 calls a day from callers nationwide. Alertacall, a company that I founded, itself to improve contact for older people who live on their own, has donated tens of thousands of pounds to The Silver Line in support of it, my family have been involved with numerous fund-raising initiatives for it and I currently serve as a Trustee.
Michelle Jurd Memorial Trust
A wonderful direct action charity founded in memory of Michelle Jurd, an inspirational RAF helicopter pilot, creative, artist, mother and wife – to raise money for adventurous and cultural activities for children in the South Lakes, as well as selected military service groups. Both Alertacall and I personally have been benefactors of this charity since inception.
Teenage Cancer Trust
Supporting youngsters facing cancer and their families, by giving them access to opportunities to enhance their well being. The Teenage cancer trust has benefited from our corporate donations and fund-raising.
Lancashire Army Cadet Force
One of the countries largest youth development and training organisations I’ve personally given time to mentor and support their own leadership programme in Lancashire, financially supported events for young people, and given several talks to cadet groups.
The Polar Academy
Setup by an experienced polar explorer, the Polar Academy transforms the lives of young people from typically socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds, their families and communities by showing them that anything is possible. It trains them for months, then takes them to the arctic circle on the adventure of a lifetime, and encourages them to inspire thousands of other young people on their return.
Our primary company Alertacall has given away hundreds of thousands of pounds of free service to selected older people around the country who otherwise may not be able to access our services.
This is a new social project founded in 2019 by myself James Batchelor, with a mission to inspire, identify and support people who have “what it takes” to create their own ventures, in particular supporting people from backgrounds that are not financially or socially privileged.