every life matters

Every Life Matters – £500 Donation from the Ten Percent Foundation

The Ten Percent Foundation recently donated £500 to Every Life Matters, a charity based in Cumbria, after a nomination from Jill Barker at Teesside University.

Who are Every Life Matters?

A charity based in Cumbria. “Our vision is of a community where people can talk openly about suicide, mental health problems and emotional distress. A community where people have the resources and skills to help those experiencing suicidal thoughts and mental health problems, and to support those impacted by, or bereaved by, suicide.”

Organisation and Project Background

Every Life Matters works in Cumbria specifically, and has a very informative website. Unlike a lot of charity websites it has the one aim of being accessible for people in need of support and has little information about the charity itself on there. They produce accessible Suicide Prevention Guides, Wellbeing Guides, Self-harm Pocket Guides and a Support Directory. Their website is www.every-life-matters.org.uk.


Chris Wood from the charity has given us details of where the £500 donation has been spent. “We put the money towards our Suicide Safer Schools Programme which we are piloting in Cumbria over three years. For more details click here. You can also see the project in action on a BBC Breakfast article. As well as working with 10 partner schools locally we are collaborating with Liverpool John Moores University on research into the effectiveness of psychoeducational approaches to suicide prevention in schools. In the last year we have delivered a six hour pupil training programme covering suicide prevention, self-harm and mental health crisis to over 1,800 year 10 and 12 pupils. We have also trained 10 whole school staff teams in suicide prevention and over 350 parents.”

What is this all about?

Ten-Percent and Jonathan Fagan Business Brokers donate 10% of annual net profits to charity via the Ten Percent Foundation, a charitable trust set up by our group of companies, to distribute monies to charities in the UK and Africa. We have been doing this for over 20 years. The Foundation never incurs any administration costs (other than bank charges which are minimal). All monies donated are distributed to charities and community organisations.

Why do we donate?

We set up our companies over 20 years ago with the aim of being ethical in everything we did. As part of this we decided that a percentage of our profits should always be earmarked for charitable work and set the rate at ten percent. A sudden burst of inspiration meant we called ourselves the Ten Percent Group.

Nominations 2023

We received over 35 charity nominations from academic clients, business clients, locums, solicitors, transcribers (via our sister company TP Transcription Limited) and staff. Decisions have been made to award c£25k to 17 charities and we will be writing about each successful charity over the next year.

We have a strict list of criteria in relation our donating which is available on the Ten Percent Foundation website.

Donations tend to be within the range of £500-£2000 per charity per year, although in the past we have supported charities over a period of 5 years with donations going towards specific ongoing projects.

If you have any questions about the work of the Ten Percent Foundation, please email jonathan@tptranscription.co.uk or visit our website at https://tenpercentfoundation.org