by Rasheeda Russell

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The holiday season is a time of celebration and merriment as loved ones gather together to exchange gifts and share meals. However, the season is also a time of reflection, when we think of those who are less fortunate than ourselves. With this sentiment, on behalf of our members, ERP has decided to give back to the community this Christmas.

Over the years, ERP has donated to a range of charities; including Prostate Cancer UK and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. We have continued in this tradition for 2019 and have gone one step further by enlisting the help of our colleagues in selecting two charities to support.

Smart Works

Smart Works is a UK charity that provides high quality interview clothes and interview training to unemployed women in need. Women are referred to Smart Works from organisations such as job centres, work programmes, care homes, homeless shelters and mental health charities. Half have been unsuccessful in over 20 applications. A third have been turned down from over 50 jobs.

Smart Work harnesses the power of clothes and confidence to allow a woman to be her best at a crucial moment in her life, giving her the confidence, the self-belief and the practical tools required to succeed at interview and transform her life.


Unique’s mission is to inform, support and alleviate the isolation of anyone affected by a rare chromosome disorders or autosomal dominant single gene disorders. Unique collects information to help families affected by rare chromosome disorders and autosomal dominant single gene disorders – offering practical daily living advice.

They also provide a series of information guides and a support network for families of children with different chromosome disorders.

For more information on these charities, or if you would like to make a donation, follow the links below:

Donate to Smart Works
Donate to Unique