With national lockdowns, businesses going down, mental health increasing and unemployment on the rise, this year has been hard for many people.
Unfortunately, every one of us can relate to someone that has/is struggling this year. We’re hopefully emerging from times where the subject of mental health issues and domestic violence were “hidden” and that people feel less stigmatised in reaching out for the support they need.
Bleyer has had a fabulous year, but money isn’t everything, and it’s good to help those less fortunate. We know how lucky we are and life has been really tough for some people.
As a way of giving back, we’ve teamed up with Backyard Bullion, once again, to bring you exclusive hand-poured silver, this time with all proceeds being donated to two charities; CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and NDADA (North Devon Against Domestic Abuse).
In addition to our fundraising for The Barn Owl Trust, we wanted to focus this time on making a positive impact to support individuals in our wider community.
100% of all profits will be donated to these two charities.
Unity Round Design
The design of these hand-poured rounds features four interlocking arms, which for us symbolise friendship, support, connection, teamwork, partnership and of course unity. They were hand-poured by Mr Backyard Bullion and have been hallmarked in Edinburgh. We’ve limited the production of these to only 50 of each weight and we won’t be creating a second mintage for 2020 so once they’re gone, they’re gone!
To us, in short, our Unity round design encompasses not only Bleyer’s ethics but also our grateful reflection of:
- The friendship, support and teamwork that we have within our team.
- Our partnership, connection, support and co-operation of our wider community of customers and suppliers.
- As a valued customer; your friendship, patience, understanding, and continued connection with us.
- An overall feeling of being united.
Each round has a potential overpour of 5% silver so your round will be a minimum of 1 Troy Ounce, however, as these bars have been hand-poured by eye and all bars are actually slightly over this weight.
2020 has been difficult in so many ways for every single one of us. We’re delighted to be supporting these two great charities with every penny of the silver Unity Rounds proceeds going directly to them.
1. NDADA (North Devon Against Domestic Abuse)
Police recorded 259,324 domestic abuse offences between March and June and National Statistics has reported a 7% rise on the same period in 2019 (BBC, November 2020).
NDADA opened their first small refuge in a small terraced house in 1975.
Previously known as North Devon Women’s Aid, the organisation changed its name to North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA) in 2012 to encompass a much-needed service for male victims and the only one that operates in the Devon County Council area.
This organisation is funded independently as the current outreach services do not include refuge as part of their service:
- £5 = Toiletries and food for new Refuge arrivals
- £10 = Toys, educational resources and school uniform for children
- £20 = Clothes for a woman to attend a job interview and sanitary products
- £30 = Books, therapy and resources aiding mental health support
- £40 = Provides staff for live text talk services
- £70 = Coaching and counselling
If you would like to make a direct donation to this charity, please click here for our NDADA Just Giving page.
2. CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
Widely reported studies modelling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates, predicted increases ranging from 1% to 145% (BMJ, November 2020). In 2019, suicide rates among men in England and Wales were the highest since 2000, and although suicide in young people is relatively rare, rates have been rising in 10-24 year olds since 2010.
Launched in December 1997 by the Department of Health in Manchester, CALM are leading a national movement against suicide. CALM was originally aimed at men aged 15-35. By 2011, there was a significant rise in the volume of male callers aged over 35 and now it’s aim is to reach all men irrespective of age.2020 saw over 200,000 conversations with professional helpline staff. 588 suicides were prevented as a direct result. This year, it goes without saying their services are needed more than ever.
- £8 = one phone call
- £24 = support materials for 4 families
- £109 = training of a CALM volunteer
- £440 = training and equipment for a professional helpline worker
If you would like to make a direct donation to this charity, please click here for our CALM Just Giving page.
All of our subscribers will receive an email with priority release information so make sure you’re subscribed to our newsletter (see below) for the latest updates on when we’ll be releasing the Unity silver rounds. There will be limited availability for these and they’ll go on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.