Emanuel Whittaker raises £2,400 for Maggie’s Centres (Oldham)

Oct 19, 2017


Our recent annual charity golf day has raised £2,400 for Maggies Centres (Oldham).

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Pictured (l to r) are Laura Tomlinson (Centre Fundraising Manager, Oldham), Clive Newton (Managing Director, Emanuel Whittaker) and Bernie Byrne (Oldham Centre Head).

Emanuel Whittaker Facilities Manager Philip Peacock organised the day. He said:  “We would like to pass on our huge thanks to everyone who supported this event, especially our sponsors who were predominantly businesses from Oldham and the surrounding area.”

Fifteen teams joined in the fun at Saddleworth Golf Club and the day was won by a team sponsored by M & R Heating Ltd

Clive Newton, Managing Director of Emanuel Whittaker, added:  “It was a great day for everyone involved and thankfully the weather held out. We are very proud to be supporting Maggie’s Centre as it is not only a very worthwhile and local charity which we hope will do tremendously well, but it is also a very beautiful building.”

“Both players and sponsors have been incredibly generous with their time and money and even found extra cash to add to the evening raffle.”

The Emanuel Whittaker Charity Golf Day was first held in 2012 as part of the company’s 175 anniversary year celebrations. It was so successful, the company have made it an annual event and if you are interested in supporting the event in 2018 get in touch @emanuel_whittak

Christmas comes early for Salford church group

Dec 18, 2015

church02Christmas has come early for a Salford church group who have a new and improved community centre in time for the festive season.

Emanuel Whittaker and Salford housing association Salix Homes have come to the rescue of Treasure House in Weaste – a Christian church group which brings people together for worship and community activities.

The group had purchased a warehouse on Eccles New Road to transform into a community hub, but sourcing funding to complete the project was proving difficult.

Emanuel Whittaker are working nearby to improve almost 100 homes on the Meadowgate Estate as part of Salix Homes’ two year investment programme, which will see 2,200 homes across Salford undergo £22m of much needed improvements including new kitchens, bathrooms, windows and doors.

While carrying out improvements to the home of church pastor Soloman Obisan, who is a Salix Homes tenant living on the Meadowgate estate, senior resident liaison officer Adam Berry learnt of the church group’s plight.

Adam, inspired by Soloman’s enthusiasm for this great cause, asked his bosses at Emanuel Whittaker if the company could help and they gave him the green light to offer staff time as well as funds.

IMG_4250It was then all hands on deck as our Salford site teams worked alongside sub-contractors Rixonway Kitchens, Smart Sun Heat and Solar-Gen to re-plaster the walls, install heaters, fit a new kitchen and upgrade the bathroom facilities.

Soloman said: “When the companies told us what they were going to do for us we just could not believe it – we literally sang and danced for joy.

“The kindness and generosity of everyone involved has meant that we can celebrate Christmas in style and help those in the community who may need some support at this special time of the year.”

Mark Foster, head of investment at Salix Homes, said: “Salix Homes is committed to supporting the communities where we are delivering our home improvement schemes and working with our partner contractors to improve local facilities.

“Treasure House will be an excellent community resource and we hope their new and improved building will help them spread some festive cheer this Christmas.”

church03Adam Berry, senior resident liaison officer at Emanuel Whittaker, added: “It’s nice to know that we have been able to provide a long lasting community legacy for the Weaste community, particularly at Christmas time, and all of us involved were delighted to have been able to help.”

Treasure House offers numerous community activities throughout the week. For more information go to www.thetreasurehouse.com

A new Grotto for Santa

Dec 9, 2015

4 year old Oliver Cheshire with Santa

4 year old Oliver Cheshire with Santa in his grotto at Dr Kershaw’s

Emanuel Whittaker and a number of its suppliers have been giving a helping hand to Santa at his grotto at Dr. Kershaw’s hospice in Oldham.

Every year the hospice hosts a very popular Christmas Extravaganza which raises funds for the hospice and Santa has been known to drop in and say hello.  Obviously, he needs his own grotto and Arron Cheshire, Community Fundraiser from Dr Kershaw’s, was concerned it was not up to scratch.

“We had been using a small and dark office in the Hospice, but we wanted something that was a bit brighter and more magical for Santa,” he said.  “We decided to ask our friends at Emanuel Whittaker if they could help.”

Facilities Manager from Emanuel Whittaker, Phil Peacock was confident that, with the help of other local businesses, Santa could enjoy a more luxurious base while visiting the hospice.  Timber was provided by Joseph Parr and Howarth Timber which allowed the Emanuel Whittaker joiners to build walls and a door onto the existing wooden gazebo within the Hospice grounds.  Signage to the grotto was provided by Signbox and Bladen Electrical made sure all the electricals were safe to use.  Kind volunteers from Dr Kershaws decorated the grotto and made it habitable for Santa to use during his visit.

‘As usual we were bowled over by the kindness and generosity of our sub-contractors,” said Phil.  “The space has been maigically transformed from a gazebo which was exposed to the elements to a lovely and cozy grotto which is a much nicer area for Santa to talk to the children of Oldham.”

Typically, the great British weather meant further shelter for other stall holders was needed and Arron asked if Phil had any contacts who could provide a marquee.  Fortunately, Phil is a Scout Leader and so he put a call out on Facebook to the North West scouting community.  The Oldham and District scouts came to the rescue and not only provided the marquee but also enough scouts to erect it and to take it down – saving the hospice around £1000.

“We have been very moved by the kindness of Emanuel Whittaker and their sub-contractors and of course the fabulous scouts from Oldham who made our Christmas Extravaganza such a success,” said Arron.  “The event raised over £8,000, with the grotto making just under £500 and everyone who attended was pleased for the cover provided by the marquee. Most importantly of all, Santa was very impressed with his grotto and said it had never looked nicer.”

Salford church celebrates new kitchen

May 10, 2015

EW Eccles 0016Emanuel Whittaker and Salix Homes have come to the rescue of a cash-strapped Salford church.

Salix Homes teamed up with Emanuel Whittaker to upgrade the old kitchen facilities at St James’ Church community hall on Eccles Old Road in Weaste.

EW Eccles 0010The church hall is a well-used facility for local groups, but was in desperate need of a modern kitchen.

Church warden Trevor Palmer said: “The hall is regularly used by local community groups including brownies, guides and a dance group, but we felt we could accommodate many more if we had a modern kitchen.

EW Eccles 0018“We’re very grateful to Salix Homes and Emanuel Whittaker for coming to our aid. The new kitchen facilities are fantastic and will be of real benefit to the whole community.”

EW Eccles 0029Last month (April) Emanuel Whittaker began improvement work on 230 properties on the nearby Tootal Estate in Weaste after being appointed by Salix Homes to help deliver their ambitious two year investment programme, which will see 2,200 homes across Salford undergo £22m of much needed improvements including new kitchens, bathrooms, windows and doors.

EW Eccles 0034Mark Foster, head of investment at Salix Homes, said: “Salix Homes is committed to supporting the communities where we are delivering our home improvement schemes and working with our partner contractors to improve local facilities.

“When we heard that the church needed some assistance we were more than happy to ask our contractors Emanuel Whittaker to carry out the work. St James’ Church community hall is an excellent community resource and we hope their new kitchen facilities will make a huge difference for residents.”

Emanuel Whittaker worked alongside sub-contractors Rixonway Kitchens, Moffat and Riley Heating Services and RMS Electrical Services Ltd to rip out the old bar area and carry out the kitchen upgrade which is worth around £5,000. Appliances were purchased with a grant from the Big Lottery.

Paul Robinson, site manager for Emanuel Whittaker, who was the project manager, said: “It’s nice to know that we have been able to provide a long lasting community legacy for the Claremont and Weaste community and all of us involved were delighted to have been able to help.”

All the companies involved in the project are part of the Procure Plus Framework, a social housing provider framework service, and share a common goal to invest in communities to create value and support appropriate legacy projects

A special service was held on Wednesday, May 6 to celebrate the opening of the new kitchen facilities and Emanuel Whittaker unveiled a plaque to commemorate the project.

Emanuel Whittaker give community centre a facelift

Feb 10, 2014

IMG_0998Emanuel Whittaker is renowned for its work in the community and so when our client City West Housing Trust was looking for help to spruce up a local community centre, they approached us for help.

Terry Kidman, Contracts Manager, said:  “Our team were already working on the Brookhouse Estate in Eccles refurbishing City West properties and so we were happy to provide assistance to the local community.  The first thing we had to do was to assess just what needed to be done.”

The Brookhouse Community Centre is owned by City West and is the venue for numerous community activities – many of them theatrical.

The kitchen and toilets in particular had seen better days.

“We took out the old kitchen units and replaced them with new ones which were kindly donated by Manhattan Kitchens,” said Terry.  “We also decided to utilise a ‘dead’ space near the kitchen and put in 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.”

IMG_1003IMG_1001The £6,500 facelift was completed within a week and with minimum fuss or disruption to the numerous activities that take place within the Centre.

Fiona Canavan who regularly attends the Centre said:  “We were so pleased that Emanuel Whittaker was able to help.

“The Centre is a much loved and well used community resource and as a result it was looking a little tired.  Now the renovated kitchen and toilets look as good as new and will no doubt last us for many years to come.”

Martyn Hague, Head of Communities and Neighbourhoods at City West, said: “The community centre is a focal point for customers in the area and we are delighted Emanuel Whittaker were able to help with the improvement works.

IMG_1011“The feedback from our customers has been fantastic and we hope they can continue to enjoy the many events that bring the community together.”