Hannah Coffin, Founder & CEO Needle & Thread
Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, this charity helps 11-30 year olds to build their future through education, mentoring, grants, employment and enterprise. We are proud to be part of their Women Supporting Women programme which assists females in challenging situations, ranging from growing up in the care system to wellbeing issues. Employability programmes, confidence-building sessions and motivational courses have helped thousands of women begin promising new chapters in their lives.
“There are so many unique challenges faced by young people today, from a difficult start in life to a lack of mentoring. At Needle & Thread, we support all endeavours to give new generations the opportunity to aim high, without barriers” - Hannah
For over 100 years, this organisation has fought for a fairer world for children. Every child has the right to learn. Every child should have good food to fuel their imagination. Every child should have medicine when they're sick. Working alongside children in 122 countries, including the UK, the charity’s aim is that by 2030, no child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday, all children benefit from a quality basic education and violence against children is no longer tolerated.
“As a mother, I feel passionate about protecting and nurturing the lives of the young – this charity aims to help every child reach their full potential and we are proud to support their journey” - Hannah
For nearly three decades, this dynamic and dedicated charity has created ‘sister-to-sister’ connections between isolated women affected by war –initially in Bosnia and now across eight conflict-affected countries. Financial aid, social support and a vital letter exchange through a global network of ‘sponsor sisters’ helps female survivors of war to create brighter futures.
“As a female founder operating a business in a safe and stable environment, I feel a responsibility to support those women who are marginalised, feel unsafe and unprotected” - Hannah
Working to sustainably manage the world’s natural ecosystems, this ambitious conservation charity is devoted to protecting biologically threatened habitats, restoring degraded forests, planting new trees and protecting established forests across Africa, India and Central and South America.
“As a fashion brand, we are only too aware of the impact that producing garments can have on the planet. We are committed to building a sustainable business that, by 2024, will largely utilise recycled and responsibly sourced materials. We are proud to support the ‘Plant a Tree’ programme which contributes to global reforestation efforts, including in India, where Needle & Thread has long worked with highly skilled artisans and craftspeople” - Hannah
This invaluable charity provides high quality clothing and coaching to unemployed women, helping them to boost their confidence in preparation for job interviews.
“We collaborated with Bobbi Brown – a brand I love – by creating a bespoke make-up bag which raised significant funds for Smart Works. As a female entrepreneur, I understand how important it is to feel confident and empowered in order to achieve success” - Hannah
This international non-profit organisation is dedicated to preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV by providing education and support for pregnant women and new mothers living with the condition.
“During COVID-19, we supported the Mothers2Mothers emergency appeal through the sale of our face coverings. Protecting the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies around the world is a vital human instinct and we were proud to have supported this initiative” - Hannah