A charity in Brixton has received a £1,800 donation from Amazon’s head office in Shoreditch.

The donation was made after a member of the Amazon team nominated Baytree Centre to benefit from a special COVID-19 support initiative through the company’s “Amazon in the Community” programme, whereby the company supports the communities around its operating locations across the UK.

Members of the Amazon team were given the opportunity to nominate a local cause of their choice to receive a donation with the aim of helping those in the community that have been most affected by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

Baytree Centre is a social inclusion charity for women and girls based in the heart of Brixton. The charity provides holistic support through personal development activities and workshops, mentoring, coaching, as well as English classes and integration support for refugees.

The donation will go towards helping the charity facilitate the transition of newly arrived refugee and migrant girls into the UK education system, deliver personal development activities, employability and ESOL classes as well as provide ongoing emergency support for women and girls in the South London community who have been hard-hit by the pandemic.

Carmen Gonzalez, Development Director at Baytree Centre said: “The impact from COVID-19 continues to be felt by the people we support in the Brixton community. We want to say a big thank you to Maria Leticia Rosales Sierra for nominating us to receive a donation from Amazon. The donation will help us continue to reach and help people in our community.”

Katie Bucher, Amazon in the Community UK Lead, said: “Baytree Centre is a brilliant organisation that provides an important service for the people in the community. We’re very proud to make this donation on behalf of Amazon and hope it gives the charity a much-needed boost.”

Community donations are one of a number of ways in which Amazon is supporting communities across the UK during COVID-19.

Throughout the pandemic Amazon has provided students with free online STEM resources and supported virtual classrooms with no-cost resources from AWS. The company has also teamed up with charity partner Magic Breakfast to deliver more than three and half million healthy breakfasts to disadvantaged children around the UK.