The Barratt Foundation is the charitable arm of Barratt Developments PLC – the UK’s largest housebuilder. Magic Breakfast started an official partnership with The Barratt Foundation in October 2023, with the Foundation pledging £500,000 over two years to support our important work.
We caught up with Andy Button-Stephens, Head of the Barratt Foundation, who ensures Barratt Developments can make a real difference in communities all across the UK. This includes leading on the Barratt Foundation’s approach to philanthropy, grant making and charity partnerships.
Hi Andy, could you tell us about the Barratts Foundation’s Mission?
The Barratt Foundation is the charitable arm of Barratt Developments PLC – the UK’s largest housebuilder and we bring together and grow charitable giving across the business, donating over £4m each year to charities, partners and good causes.
Our mission is all about helping communities throughout the UK to thrive – and we focus our support on children and young people and those most disadvantaged.
Why have you chosen to partner with Magic Breakfast?
The Foundation Trustees and business leadership have been compelled to help tackle child morning hunger. And having visited a number of schools and seen the incredible breakfast clubs, pupils and staff first hand, we’re proud to do our bit to support Magic Breakfast.
I really believe Magic Breakfast are vital in ensuring children don’t start the day too hungry to learn.
How has The Barratt Foundation supported Magic Breakfast to date?
The Barratt Foundation’s partnership with Magic Breakfast kicked off in October 2023, with the Barratt Foundation pledging £500,000 to support Magic Breakfast’s incredible work in schools all across the UK over the next two years. Before this milestone, Magic Breakfast secured £100,000 through an Employee vote back in early 2022.
In addition to the Foundation’s support, it’s been great to see teams across the business also get behind Magic Breakfast – a key fundraising moment was the Big Barratt Hike in September, which raised £65,000. In addition, we got involved with the Magic Makers Christmas initiative last year, delivering gifts to children and young people at partner schools on the South Coast.
Can you share any upcoming plans for the partnership?
We can’t wait to get involved with the Great Big Breakfast over the coming months and Barratt teams will be hosting some special breakfasts at Divisional offices all across the country. We hope to shine a spotlight on child morning hunger and raise some vital funds. Our Southampton Division will also be supporting a Careers Aspiration Day in March at a Magic Breakfast partner school where we aim to inspire young minds about their futures.