Beaverbrooks the Jewellers has become\u00a0the first company to sponsor Paul Spurgeon in his quest to empower disadvantaged people through the Cornerstone project, Sponsor a Goldsmith (SAG).\r\n\r\nThe Cornerstone project aims to teach and mentor students in South Africa, Uganda and beyond to create beautiful collections of jewellery that can be sold through the Cornerstone brand globally, "creating sustainable jobs that will bring dignity and possibility for lasting change".\r\n\r\nPaul Spurgeon, CEO for Cornerstone said: \u201cIt is with great pleasure and encouragement of this excellent project that we can announce that Beaverbrooks the Jewellers have agreed to be a major sponsor of SAG. We hope that many will follow their example in assisting us in our cause of empowering the disadvantaged in South Africa and beyond.\u201d\r\n\r\nSpurgeon added: \u201cIn my own life, in my own small way I am trying to give back to a continent that has given us all so much."\r\n\r\nThe money raised will be used for tools, equipment, materials and associated costs connected to the project. Spurgeon\u2019s personal commitment is to spend three to six months per year supporting the Cornerstone project for the next five years.\r\n\r\nMark Adlestone, chairman of Beaverbrooks, said: \u201cWe are really pleased to be able to support the Sponsor a Goldsmith programme. A big part of our ethos is to make a difference by supporting local communities and charities across the UK and beyond, and this is a great example of a project we are proud to be involved with.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe really encourage others to get involved and help this wonderful project get off the ground.\u201d\r\n\r\nTo sponsor the programme please contact Paul Spurgeon via firstname.lastname@example.org or to make a payment please visit PayPal.com and enter the Cornerstone email address above.