Emanuel Whittaker staff raise £1,000 a month, every month for a year

Aug 29, 2013

Emanuel Whittaker Charity Cheques 0010After a year of exhausting and imaginative fund-raising to celebrate its 175th anniversary, staff at Emanuel Whittaker have announced the total money raised in the period was £12,009.17.  That equates to a thousand pounds a month, every month for a year!

Clive Newton, Managing Director said:  “With so many activities going on it has taken a while to get all the money in, but we are thrilled with the final count.  Our staff, clients, sub-contractors and friends and family have been incredibly generous and it’s been genuinely lovely to meet some of the people at The Christie Charity and Dr Kershaw’s hospice who will benefit from the money.”

To raise the cash Emanuel Whittaker staff were split into teams who between them all developed a vast array of fundraising initiatives including a car wash, making and selling handmade garden furniture and kitchen equipment, a sponsored weight loss, a sponsored silence, various sponsored walks, a bungee jump and a meditation evening as well as various sporting events including; football, cricket and golf.

The monies are to be divided between the two charities and the company has asked that The Christie funds are directed to the Young Oncology and Haematology and Transplant Unit.

“Emanuel Whittaker has invested a lot of effort into developing young people through our apprenticeship programme and we work with local schools and colleges to encourage young people into construction,” explains Clive Newton. “As a result of this relationship with young people we wanted to do something that specifically benefits them.”

The Christie currently has two specialist services, in need of refurbishment, however it has identified that it can deliver even greater results if the services are integrated, especially as approximately 50% of young cancer patients will have a haematological cancer (blood cancer). The Christie charity is therefore hoping to raise just over £10 million to build a new integrated treatment centre to replace the existing Young Oncology Unit (YOU) and Haematology and Transplant Unit (HTU).

Natalie Pike, Corporate Development Manager at The Christie Charity said:  ‘Everyone at The Christie is so grateful for the amazing support of Emanuel Whittaker, their staff and customers. The wonderful donation will be going towards our new Young Oncology Unit, which will help enable us to build a new world-class treatment centre for teenage cancer patents. The unit should be complete early next year and we will be inviting everyone who contributed to the opening ceremony.”

Over fifty per cent of the funds will be given to Oldham’s hospice. Dr Kershaw’s needs nearly £5,000 every day to be able to continue to operate its specialist services and maintain the outstanding standard of care.  Fundraiser Lisa Pearson said:  “We were so thrilled and proud be chosen as one of the nominated charities for Emanuel Whittaker’s anniversary fundraising year. As a local charity it is important for us to build and maintain links within our local community and Emanuel Whittaker’s approach to fundraising meant that we had plenty of opportunities to work with staff and suppliers.

“Dr Kershaw’s Hospice is extremely grateful for the company’s support, it costs over £1.75 million to run the hospice each year and the lion’s share of that funding comes from local companies, community groups and businesses. Without the support of people within our community we could not provide the vital services we do.”

Emanuel Whittaker’s 175th anniversary celebrations have now concluded, however, many staff have enjoyed their fund-raising activities so much they intend to continue helping their favourite charities.

Director John Gallagher said:  “Where possible the company will continue to support staff in their efforts to raise money for good causes through either financial or practical support.

“We had no idea how much we could raise in 12 months and everyone involved has been staggered by the generosity of all our supporters.  We want to pass on our congratulations and thanks to all those involved.”

On line auction to win signed Latics shirt and calendar

Nov 22, 2012

Signed Latics shirt and calendar kindly donated by Martin Maycock of Freefoam

Emanuel Whittaker’s fundraising efforts have been given a boost with a very generous donation of a signed Oldham Athletic Shirt and Calendar.

The prized memorabilia were donated to Emanuel Whittaker by Martin Maycock from Freefoam, a leading manufacturer of PVC-U roofline products.

The shirt and calendar will be auctioned off to raise money for Emanuel Whittaker’s two nominated charities, The Christie and Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

For your chance to win either the shirt of the calendar, simply enter ‘Shirt’ or ‘Calendar’ followed by the amount of your bid in the comments box below.  Alternatively you can bid on our Facebook page by clicking the icon on the right.

The auction will close on Monday 17th December at 12 noon.

The signed Latics Calendar

John Gallagher displays the signed Latics shirt

Rukhsana walks for Charity

Oct 31, 2012

Warming up!

Ready to go…

Over the finish line

Despite undergoing foot surgery last year, Emanuel Whittakers’ Rukhsana Nabi entered The Christie Annual Nights of Neon Sponsored Walk.

Donning a bright neon pink tutu and leg warmers, Rukhsana walked the 10k course with husband Dave, and hundreds of fundraisers through the neon illuminated skies of Salford Quays.

Rukhsana and her husband raised an amazing £560 in sponsorship for the Christie.

Emanuel Whittaker are raising funds for their two chosen charities, The Christie and Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, to mark their 175th year in business. So far, the Company have raised £10,940.