Dexam managing director Bryony Dyer said: “Everyone thinks that the Home Counties are rich and have no particular social problems. That couldn’t be further from the truth. High house prices, disappearing rural jobs and the extra cost of living in the country have driven a surprising number of people into poverty.”
In the past two years, Dexam has actively supported an after-school drop-in centre for children, youth clubs in local towns Petworth and Midhurst, and a holiday-time packed-lunch scheme with the Chichester Food Bank.
Bryony added: “This list that will be added to this Spring. Much of this need has arisen from the drop off in government funding for, example, youth services, as a result of austerity. We have an active charitable trust associated with the business, and we set aside at least £20,000 a year for these initiatives. Our staff feel involved and motivated by this, and we see it as an important part of our role in the South Downs National Park community.”