BaP Charity Ball celebrates year of ‘firsts’ & launch of Expressions jewellery

By Anita Jaynes on 16 November, 2014

Business against Poverty (BaP), the business brand of local charity, People against Poverty (PaP) will celebrate a year of growth, new initiatives and increased business support at its annual ball which takes place 22 November at Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath.

BaP was launched in 2009 and is a membership-based initiative that brings together nearly 100 businesses that support the charity either financially or through services. It works on the basis of a handshake, not a handout, and offers networking and personal/professional development events. This year has seen the launch of the BaP Business Skills Academy and a new UK project, Bridging the Gap.

Many BaP members have been longstanding supporters and devised innovative ways to support the charity. Nicholas Wylde, leading independent designer jeweller and goldsmith, is a prime example. On 1 November he launched the Expressions Collection (with a thoughtful expression to help alleviate poverty), from which 10% of all purchases will be donated to BaP.  One signature piece of jewellery from the collection will be auctioned at the BaP ball, with advance bids available until 5pm on Friday 21 November.

Nicholas Wylde commented: “It’s always been important to me to operate ethically and find innovative ways through what I do to support causes close to my heart. I’ve been a member of BaP for several years and donated pieces for auctions in the past. This year, I wanted to find a new way to support the charity, hence the development of the Expressions Collection. The auction piece is a stunning 18ct white gold diamond necklace worth £500 – and the lucky winning bidder will have done so much more than simply bought a beautiful piece of jewellery.”

Val Huxley, CEO of PaP said: “We’re immensely grateful to Nic for his commitment to our charity. We work hard to develop strong, personal relationships with our business community and this is a perfect example of our reciprocal ethos. I’ve had a sneak preview and the Expressions Collection is stunning. I would urge people to pop into his Bath and Bristol shops to take a look.”

The piece of jewellery to be auctioned can be viewed on the BaP website, www.businessagainstpoverty.com, and pre-bids can be made by calling us on 01225 718920. The Expressions Collection is available to view at Nicholas Wylde’s shops in Bristol and Bath, or online at www.nicholaswylde.com.