Dorset based Barker Laundry & Dry Cleaning has announced its support for young people in 2023, to mark His Majesty Charles III’s coronation year and has nominated three local youth charities with which to partner.Barker is a Royal Warrant holding company and specialists in the care and development of fine fabric products, and claims to be the largest domestic laundry in the UK and a specialist drycleaner. it also manufactures and supply gentlemen’s dress wear to retailers around the world.

MD Matthew Barker said: “As a business we are really keen to do our bit to celebrate and mark the Coronation, it’s only the 39th Coronation since 1066. In line with many of the King’s initiatives, we have chosen three charities that are focused on the education and support of young people and are largely volunteer led.

“The three charities that we will be supporting for the remainder of the Coronation year are: Elevate Foundation, Boo Charity and Life Education Wessex & Thames Valley. The Barker staff team will all be getting involved in different fundraising activities throughout 2023.  We will also be looking to engage our fabulous clients too.

“There will be a variety of initiatives taking place, including an online auction with the opportunity to bid for an array of products and prizes.  We will also be hosting cakes sales, placing collection boxes in all our stores and much more.

“We are really looking forward to celebrating this momentous Coronation year. All proceeds raised will be shared equally between the nominated charities.”

Elevate Foundation exists to provide support and give opportunities for all young people to build their resilience and strength and is dedicated to building an organisation that will have a deep and lasting impact on the lives of young people and their families in the community that it serves across Dorset.

Boo Charity is a charity run by Trustees and a team of volunteers, supporting African children who are disadvantaged through economic poverty.  Projects include the provision of food, shelter, healthcare, education, life-skills and emotional support. The overriding principle and ethos of Boo is to provide children with care, whilst nurturing and developing opportunities to lift them from poverty so that they no longer need to rely on charity.

Life Education Wessex & Thames Valley is a delivery partner of the UK’s leading health, drug and emotional wellbeing education programme, Coram Life Education.  They help to effectively communicate healthy lifestyle messages and empower children, aged 3-13 with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence to make positive healthy decisions and stay safe in schools across Wessex and Thames Valley