Ten days ago, one of my favourite writers, communicators, speakers, marketeers, idea makers, and all round champion of the good stuff, Seth Godin posted a blog about a different kind of Thanksgiving, one that celebrated two things:

“The people in our lives who give us the support and love we need to make a difference, and…

The opportunity to build something bigger than ourselves, something worth contributing to. The ability to make connections, to lend a hand, to invent and create.”

So today, on Thanksgiving I would like to thank the Wates Foundation who over the last year have supported me in being successful in securing the Abram Wilson Foundation’s first grant towards its core costs, to help me build something bigger than myself.  What does this mean?  Well, it means that for the first time in nearly three and a half years I am now able to focus all of my attention on the Abram Wilson Foundation.

When I first established the Foundation I was working full-time as Head of Development at the National Centre for Circus Arts in London.  Last summer I moved to take on a similar role for three-days a week at the Green Man Festival.  And now, I’m 100% Abram Wilson Foundation thanks to the faith and generosity of the Wates Foundation.  I couldn’t be more thankful.  Here’s a little quote from them about the grant.

“In October 2015 the Ronald Wates Family Committee of the Wates Foundation supported the Abram Wilson Foundation (AWF) with a grant of £10,000 towards core costs. We were pleased to support AWF with the implementation of its exciting and ambitious three year strategy, which will increase the scale and quality of the provision available to the beneficiaries.” – Brian Wheelwright, Director, Wates Family Charities 

It is a great privilege to be able to do the thing that you love most in the world, the thing about which you feel most passionately.  But this is really just the beginning as we look for other trusts and donors to join the Wates Foundation so that we can begin the real of work of making a difference to the lives of the people we want to help.

Now, more than ever we need artists to stand up and use their skills and creativity to provide us with a different perspective and an alternative future.  One that is not controlled by fear and hate, but by love and empathy and generosity.  In the end we are all human, sharing one planet floating amongst the stars with just our stories to leave behind and it is in the hands of our artists to tell them, to help us connect with one another and to not lose hope in the face of adversity, loss and suffering.

If you want to find out more about how you can get involved and help the Abram Wilson Foundation achieve our ambitious and exciting plans for the future please get in touch with me by emailing management (at) abramwilson (dot) com.  Or if you’d like to make a donation you can do so HERE.

Thank you for reading and for your support, as ever I’m thankful for you too.

Till soon!


Jennie x