We started out as a husband and wife team, making minifigures in our living room.
Things have changed a little bit since then! As we continue to grow as a company, we get really excited about using our good fortune to increase the number of charities and good causes that we can support. For more information about the good causes we've supported recently, take a look below!
Kiva is an international non-profit microloan organisation which supports people in business and education. We have used a portion of the money earned from all our “International Women’s Day” (IWD) minifigs to support women through this platform. When they pay back the loans, we lend it right back out again.
THE CHRYSALIS YOUTH EMPOWERMENT NETWORK
The Chrysalis Youth Empowerment Network is a secondary school in Uganda with a strong focus on female empowerment. Following the success of our “International Women’s Day” (IWD) minifigs, we decided to increase the number of good causes we support with this money, so we are now donating to Chrysalis too!
HELP MUSICIANS COVID RELIEF FUND AND SHEFFIELD MUSIC ACADEMY
During the pandemic, we used a portion of the money earnt from our musicians minifigs to support these two organisaions. The Help Musicians COVID Relief Fund Help Musicians COVID Relief Fund is exactly what it sounds like: a fund for musicians who have found themselves in financial hardship due to the pandemic. The Sheffield Music Academy is a charitable organisation (based in Sheffield, UK) which supports young people in music.
BLUEPRINT FOR ALL
Blueprint For All is a UK-based equality charity, formerly known as the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. We support them with donations based on the sales of our Black History minifigs.
Following a collaboration with Blasbeball Cares, we started donating to CIER - a charity who work with Indigenous communities to build environmental capacity. Donations are based on the sales of Blaseball minifigures.
THE SHEFFIELD CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
The Sheffield Children's Hospital does critical work for young people in the region. In Christmas 2021, we donated £1000 and £600 in 2022 to them to sponsor a snowflake. This was a lovely way to support a good cause, whilst simultaensouly adding some Christmas cheer to the city,
Nick and Caroline (the company founders and directors) are massive cat lovers, so this was a no-brainer. CAT-ching is a Sheffield based charity supporting homeless cats in the local area. We support them with donations based on sales of LEGO cats and cat-related items!
OTHER GOOD DEEDS
Another good deed we are particularly proud of is our production of 3D printed face shields in the early stages of the pandemic. This was always intended to be a temporary measure to support key workers while they waited for proper PPE to arrive. As part of this, we also held weekly competitions where people could submit their drawings of keyworkers as doodlefigs, and the lucky (and talented!) winners would receive two copies of their doodlefigs (one for them, and one to give to the keyworker who inspired the minifig in each case).
We have also donated £1000 in Lego to the Sheffield Women's Refuge.