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Every year we try to spread some festive cheer and after such a tough year, we wanted to give back to the local community. Like many of us, Home-Start had to adapt their way of working when the pandemic hit, with many families needing their support more than ever. Here at MAY, we wanted to lend a helping hand, and contacted Home-Start South Leicestershire, offering to donate personalised stockings filled with children’s gifts to local families. We were thrilled that they accepted our offer, with Stella Renwick, Charity Development Manager, saying “we were delighted when MAY contacted us out of the blue with their kind offer. We are always delighted when local businesses support their local charities in creative ways”. 

Over 36 years, Home-Start South Leicestershire, and their community of trained volunteers and expert staff, have supported 6941 children in 3442 families across the Harborough district. As part of the National Federation of Home-Start charities founded in Leicester by Margaret Harrison in 1973, they support families in their homes where the support can be shaped to the family’s needs. Aiming to help parents give their children the best possible start, Home-Start South Leicestershire offer support for families in group sessions and through parenting courses. Their community also provides parents with opportunities to share support and friendship to help overcome some of life’s difficulties. Their work is so successful that Home-Start is now a worldwide movement, improving the lives of families in 22 countries across 5 continents.

We were overwhelmed with the support and generosity from MAY staff, family and friends, as well as partners and associates of the agency. With over 200 toys it meant we were able to give double the number of children’s stockings than originally planned. Our office quickly resembled Santa’s Grotto and we filled each stocking with specifically selected presents, to make each child’s Christmas special. MAY delivered each stocking to Home-Start who hand-delivered them all to the children in time for Christmas.

Home-Start South Leicestershire have an incredible impact on the lives of local families, and it was a pleasure to help them, and the families they support, in this small way. We plan for this to be an annual initiative and we look forward to continuing to support Home-Start South Leicestershire’s important work.

If you would like to learn more about Home-Start, donate to Home-Start South Leicestershire, or raise money for them whilst shopping online, please visit the links below.

Bamboozle Take Centre Stage

Recently MAY brought Bamboozle into the limelight, with an engaging new video promoting their work! Bamboozle are a Leicester-based charity that deliver interactive and immersive theatre performances to children with profound disabilities and their families. MAY have worked with Bamboozle previously, and are proud to support such a unique charity that makes a huge difference to the lives of those it works with.

Bamboozle asked us to create a fundraising video to increase their profile and encourage organisations to support them in order to get vital funding to continue their work. To see for ourselves the impact of a Bamboozle performance we went along to a show at Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre.

The wonderful performance takes theatre into a completely new dimension – where the fourth wall comes down and actors become one with the audience. The children were treated to a special boat ride with real wind and rain, herbs to smell and touch, soggy seaweed to feel and even a soothing massage with essential oils. Most importantly the children could just be themselves and express themselves in their own individual way at their own speed surrounded by experts who understand their needs.



From watching and talking to the families it was clear that a visit to Bamboozle is one of the highlights of their year.

Following the performance, we then rose to the challenge of creating a story board that captured the magical nature of Bamboozle, recognised the skill and experience of those within the organisation and the impact it has on the families it touches.

We decided to use a combination of animation and video to get across the charities key messages in the most engaging way.   This approach allowed us to share some of the challenges that many of the Bamboozle families face and give context to the role that Bamboozle plays in their lives as well as feature footage of the special moments and environment Bamboozle creates.  The video finishes with showing different ways in which organisations can make a real difference through supporting Bamboozle. 

Feedback on the video has been really positive and we hope that it will help to raise much needed funding for this life-changing charity.  We hope you enjoy watching it; SEE IT HERE


Helping ambitious SMEs to grow despite government cuts


Last week, it was announced as part of the government’s Autumn Spending Review that the Business Growth Service will wind down with immediate effect. This came as a surprise to most entrepreneurs and small business owners, many of whom have had significant success with growing their businesses thanks to the scheme.

The Business Growth Service, which incorporated Growth Accelerator and the Manufactory Advisory Service, worked in part by offering match funding, but also by exposing businesses to experienced growth experts who can help business owners take a step back and refocus their growth strategy.

Here at May, we have two team members who were accredited Growth Accelerator coaches, and we saw first-hand the benefit of the scheme when it came to helping ambitious SMEs grow. Though the funding will no longer be available, we are carrying on as before. We are committed to helping businesses propel themselves forward by developing their brand and marketing strategies, ensuring they build and shape their future.

At May, we also love challenges and getting under the skin of any business in order to help its owners meet their individual business needs. We will always work with you, not just for you and we will partner with you as an extension of your marketing team. We’re passionate about making a difference, delivering first class work and driving change. If this sounds like something you and your business could benefit from, then get in touch.

To find out more about what we offer, email or call us on 01858 414247