Supporting rural businesses and supporting our local community go hand in hand. Community support from fundraising events to chosen charities is a big part of who we are at Escape the Village. From homelessness to Great Ormond Street Hospital and local country events to animal welfare, we value our much-needed local, regional and national community organisations that go above and beyond!

Discover more about our chosen charities, organisations and community events:

The Armed Forces Covenant

We are proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant to demonstrate our support of the Armed Forces. As a family business we have strong ties to our Armed Forces, with Liz an Army veteran, Colin her husband a Royal Marine Veteran and Izzy our daughter and Executive Assistant previously a RAF Air Cadet!

This is also why Liz is the host of the Military Circle business networking group for veterans, reservists, cadet staff and family members!

Threshold Housing Link: Businesses Against Homelessness

Liz and her daughter Izzy have actively supported the Threshold Housing Link Big Sleep Out each year for the last five years. Even during lockdown when they slept out at the family stables surrounded by their ponies and chickens they have been proud to support this essential local organisation.

As veterans both Liz and her husband Colin are only too aware how homelessness can affect all sectors of our population. Liz also spent nearly five years in the residential property sector and while working with property buyers during this time the imbalance in society with our often invisible homeless as well became even more apparent! Now each year in December the team join others to raise funds for this vital organisation and the work they do in and around Swindon for the area’s homeless. Discover more about their work and how you can support them on their website.

Izzy with lots of layers at sleep out 2020
Sleep Out Support 2020
Izzy sleep out with the ponies 2020

Dauntsey Festival of Transport & Country Show (formally Rona Steam Fair)

Proud Sponsors

When:

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July 2024

Where:

Good Mondays Farm, Dauntsey, SN15 4HL

What:

An exciting local family and country event over a weekend with lots of activities and things to see from tractors to dog shows, lawn mower racing, and much more! Check back soon to discover more! Formerly RONA. Mission statement.. Fw Potter & Son are pleased to be hosting the new and rebranded Steam & Country Show. The land owners pride themselves on honesty & integrity, this includes giving the land for free for 7 days so we can support charities.

Izzy Volunteering

With the sole purpose of all profits going to charity. Our charity is Plums Fund Ltd (sadly Frederick Potter passed from pancreatic cancer Sept 2017) £15,000 over 3 years have been raised during this time. Rebranding ourselves in 2024 will ensure the secure & safe future of the event. So forward thinking to enable us to raise more money for our charities. We pride ourselves on being open, and transparent and accountable for our money-raising show. The core of the old & an amazing new vibrant Committee would like to thank you for your continuing support, Ali Potter Chair (Landowner), Treasurer Alex Spratt-Davies and a large committee.

Festival of Transport and Country Show Logo with vintage tractor in a field

After visiting for several years and then volunteering last year we leapt at the chance to not only volunteer again, but also support and sponsor the show this year. Look out for more information as we get closer to the event!

Giraffes On Tour, Supporting GOSH

Towards the end of 2023 after following the Giraffes on Tour for several years Liz reached out to offer them the support of Escape the Village. Geoffery the Giraffe are well known in aviation and military circles but 2024 is the year to extend their reach. Escape the Village provided a complimentary comprehensive marketing audit and are now looking forward to supporting them throughout 2024 with their upcoming events, PR and more.

The Giraffes on Tour charity and their fundraising is especially close to the heart of Liz as when she was four years old her own life was saved by a doctor from Great Ormond Street Hospital. To this day she and her family are grateful and remember the difference this amazing children’s hospital can and does make to children and their families! Discover more about their work and how you can support them on their website.

Giraffe following the Giraffes on Tour Flight of the Giraffes 2023

Our Community Matters

Each year in addition to our regular charities and fundraising events we are always delighted to hear from other local organisations that would benefit from our support, volunteering or services. Get in touch and speak to us today about your event sponsorship or organisation and how we could support you!