Starting in May 2013, each financial year we nominate a charity local to one or more of our office locations to receive any funds we raise as a firm. In addition to helping to raise funds, we will help out by giving our time to help add value to the charity – anything from gardening and decorating their premises to helping out at events.
Charity of the Year 2019/2020 – Millie’s Trust
Millie’s Trust is a Cheadle Hulme-based charity and was established by the parents of Millie Thompson who, following an unfortunate choking incident, tragically passed away in October 2012. The core aim of the charity is to enable the advancement of health and saving of lives by providing education and training in First Aid. This means giving anyone access to learn the skills that may not only save their child’s life, but also their friend’s, parent’s, partner’s, etc.
Millie’s Trust provides services for anybody who wishes to access First Aid training at the lowest possible cost. They also provide a 12-hour Paediatric course for nurseries to ensure more nursery staff are well trained.
Charity of the Year 2018/19 – The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust
The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust is based at Booth Bank Farm in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. They are a lifeline to children who are in desperate need and pride themselves on bringing a little light and fun into the lives of children who have known terrible hardships at such an early age.
At The Adventure Farm they provide a variety of programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West. The needs of the children visiting The Adventure Farm range from complex and severe physical and learning disabilities, sensory impairments and terminal illnesses through to children who act as Carers for a family member, those dealing with bereavement and children who have been victims of abuse.
Charity of the Year 2017/18 – Visyon
Children’s mental health Charity, Visyon, is the largest provider of early intervention mental health support in Cheshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands. They offer counselling, therapeutic play, creative workshops, and mentoring to children and young people aged between four and 25. They also support the families of children and young people by providing advice on the skills required to support a child or young person with mental health needs.
Working with 1000 children and having many more on their waiting list, the work that Visyon do benefits so many young live across the region. Our fundraising and support throughout the year will help them raise awareness so they can secure the funding needed to continue the great work.
Charity of the Year 2016/17 – Weekend Day Centre for Dementia Care
Since opening in 1991, The Weekend Day Care Centre provides a day care service at weekends for people living with Dementia in Stockport. The Centre is open every weekend and bank holiday throughout the year and provides day care for up to 40 clients each day; carers are welcome to attend, or to have a break at home for the day.
Throughout each weekend the Centre offers a wide range of activities to suit all tastes and abilities. Activities include crafts, quizzes, bingo, games and gardening. The Centre provides external entertainment every afternoon from singers and dancers to pantomimes. They also make sure to celebrate important events throughout the year including birthdays, anniversaries, mother’s day and valentine’s day.
Charity of the Year 2015/16 – The Countess of Chester Babygrow Appeal
Launched in December 2012, The Countess of Chester Babygrow Appeal has a target of £3 million to build a new Neonatal Unit more than double the size of the one they currently have to help premature babies and their families. This will enable them to provide patients and their families with a more spacious environment and a greater degree of privacy. The charity exists to provide things over and above core NHS provision and they therefore want to provide the very best facilities they can for families at what can often be a very distressing time for them. The new unit will have its own separate entrance and will include a counselling room and play room for siblings, along with larger nurseries and areas for families to have some quiet time.
Charity of the Year 2014/15 – Hospice of the Good Shepherd
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd is Chester’s only adult hospice caring for local people and are a local charity governed by a board of voluntary trustees. Their mission is to provide the highest quality specialist palliative care for the people of Western Cheshire, Chester and Deeside who have illnesses that no longer respond to curative treatment.
Their aim is to enable those people who are referred to them to maintain their dignity and to ensure they have the best quality of life possible. They achieve this by recognising that each individual has their own unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and also recognising that it can be a difficult time for those close to the patient and also aim to support them.
Charity of the Year 2013/14 – Ruby’s Fund
Ruby’s Fund is a small non-profit making charity run by volunteers, located in Congleton. They offer support via their brand new facility to children and young people with disabilities and additional needs, along with their family and carers.
Ruby was diagnosed with a condition called Isodicentric_15 or IDIC 15 syndrome. This means she was born with a partial duplication on chromosome 15. It occurs randomly during the formation of cells and there is NO cure for IDIC 15.
Ruby’s Fund aim to provide a rich variety of learning experiences and leisure time for those with additional needs to ensure that they will meet their full potential.
If you would like to find out more about the work we are doing with our charity of the year, please email [email protected]