Arnold & Baldwin makes charity plea to brokers
Arnold & Baldwin has called on mortgage brokers to speak to home movers about donating items such as cots, prams and toys instead of throwing them away when they move house.
The chartered surveyor has partnered with the charity, Their Voice, to help victims of modern slavery.
The charity helps women who have been rescued from modern-day slavery and are often pregnant or have new-born children.
It provides essential toiletries and basic practical necessities for birth and motherhood for these women, as well as supporting their children with practical support to meet their basic needs.
Joe Arnold (pictured), managing director of Arnold & Baldwin, said: “Slavery may seem like the type of thing that happens in far-off places but it’s happening under our noses and, in the property industry, we find ourselves in a position to help.
“If you are talking to clients who are moving home, why not mention that their old baby equipment could be used to help victims of modern slavery?
“The charity, Their Voice, does fantastic work to empower survivors of slavery and they are always looking for donations to help them continue to make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Carolyn Thorn from Their Voice added:“Modern slavery has many forms and can include forced labour where victims are given no, or very little, money; sex trafficking; forced crime such as shoplifting and begging where children are often used as they are not at the age of criminal responsibility; domestic servitude; forced marriage and even the organ trade where organs such as kidneys and liver are harvested and traded.”
“At Their Voice, we work to empower, enable and give hope to survivors of modern slavery and we can only do this with the kind donations of people who support our charity.
“Financial donations are much needed to purchase items such as new cot mattresses, maternity items, hospital bags, etc., but if people are moving home and have good quality baby equipment that they are thinking of throwing away, we could use this equipment to help change vulnerable people’s lives.
“We are really delighted that Arnold & Baldwin has recognised the opportunity to help our charity and encouraged such donations.”
The Global Slavery Index in 2016 estimated there were 136,000 people living in Slavery within the UK, with sexual exploitation being the highest reported form of slavery.
Anyone who would like to make a donation to Their Voice can visit the website www.theirvoicemodernslavery.org.uk.