Give a lot of love

Feb 19, 2015

By Clive Newton – Managing Director


John Millward (pictured left) was delighted to pass on the funds to Aaron Cheshire, the Community Fundraiser from Dr Kershaws (pictured right)

We recently presented a cheque for £2573.50 to Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, Oldham and it got us thinking about how much money we raise throughout the year.

This particular fundraising event was a golf day held last year at Saddleworth Golf Club organised by our Facilities Manager Phil Peacock, Contracts Administrator Sandra Newton and Site Manager John Millward.

The day was primarily supported by our subcontractors and suppliers from the Oldham area and of course without their help we would not have been able to make such a generous donation.  And when we have looked back over 2014, we found that organisations across the region have benefited from the generosity of our staff, friends and sub-contractor colleagues who clearly have very deep pockets.

Often our staff dedicate their efforts to something close to their hearts. In July, for example, resident liaison officer Karen Perrett-Stone organised a Teddy Bears Picnic to raise funds for Overgate Hospice in Halifax after both her mum and daughter were patients there.  It raised over £300.   Colleagues  Adam Bury,  Louise Langford, Mark Healey and Ian McCune took part in The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for The British Heart Foundation because Adam’s partner has suffered from heart problems.

But the fund raising is not just personal, we also do lots to help the communities where we are working.  Earlier last year our client City West Housing Trust was looking for help to spruce up The Brookhouse Community Centre in Eccles and asked if we could help.

We took out the old kitchen units and replaced them with new ones which were kindly donated by Manhattan Kitchens, we installed new cupboards and units to provide extra storage facilities and more room for food preparation. In the toilets we provided new flooring and repainted them which really made a difference.  The £6,500 facelift was completed within a week by our team.

In September our team working with First Choice Homes Oldham heard how animal charity Pennine Pen was in desperate need of food, toys, cleaning materials and volunteers and so Site Manager Ian McCune, Assistant Site Manager Katie Lockwood and Resident Liaison Officer Omar Faruk decided to approach colleagues and sub-contractors to ask for help.   Everyone was keen to support such a good cause and we were overwhelmed by their generosity, especially SMR Utilities who donated £100 and Druggist & Harding who donated several huge bags of food and dog treats.  The animals thought Christmas had come early!

And at Christmas many of our site teams were so moved by the number of people who were relying on food banks they started up their own collections to help local people get the most from the festive season.  Of course, we can’t put a monetary value on the piles of food we were able to deliver, but we can say with a great deal of certainty that our teams and the people they work with have very big hearts.


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