Each year we reach out to our clients for recommendations of a local charity to support and pick one at random to support for that year. This year we are fundraising for the Teesside & District Society for the Blind, a fantastic independent local charity that assists over 2,000 blind and partially sighted people across Teesside and the surrounding areas. We have a donation box in our reception all year but we are always looking for an excuse to hold a fundraising day for such a worthy cause and Halloween offered the perfect opportunity.
The office got a chilling make over and all the staff got into the Halloween spirit with some great costumes. It’s not every day you get to work to see a witch falling out with the photocopier or chat to a ghoul at the water cooler.
As well as an impressive selection of homemade cakes, brownies and other treats for sale (and a selection of low calorie alternatives which didn’t prove quite as popular!) we had a competition to guess the name of the witch’s cat and a trick or treat tombola. In keeping with the trick or treat theme there were some great prizes on offer alongside some not so fantastic ones, although you can really never know when a selection of kitchen sponges and a washing up brush might come in handy.
Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our staff and the other tenants of the Cleveland Business Centre the day was a great success and raised over £220 for the Teesside & District Society for the Blind. Every donation is appreciated and helps this charity continue to provide its vital support and assistance to the blind and partially sighted community of Teesside. If you would like any further information on the charity or to make a donation please get in touch and we can provide you with their contact details or arrange to forward this on your behalf.
Now we just need to find an excuse for November….Thanksgiving anyone?
On Monday 31 October 2016 we are holding a Halloween themed fundraising day in aid of our nominated charity for this year, Teesside & District Society for the Blind. The staff will be dressed up and activities include a Trick or Treat Tombola and a Name the Witch’s Cat game. There will also be a variety of cakes and sweets for sale. Come and join in the fun!
After handing over all of the money we raised in the last year to The Middlesbrough MS Therapy Centre I can confirm that Armstrong Foulkes raised a total of £1,142.37. If you have been following our endeavours you will see that we got into the Wimbledon spirit by selling strawberries and cream, we had a Christmas Jumper day and we had a week of Easter related fund raising activities including a “name the bunny” game, a tombola and cake stall all of which were kindly organised and run by our staff. The funds raised from these events have been topped up with further money raised throughout the year from dress down days and kind donations from our staff, clients and friends of Armstrong Foulkes.
Alan Riddiough, Centre Manager told us “It is increasingly more difficult to obtain large donations these days and your efforts are very much appreciated. The Charity provides Oxygen Therapy, Physiotherapy, Reflexology, and various other treatments to M.S. sufferers at our Therapy Centre. All monies raised goes to help and support sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis.”
This year we asked our clients to help us again pick a local charity we can help and I am pleased to announce that this year Armstrong Foulkes will be supporting Teesside & District Society for the Blind, a small independent charity assisting over 2,000 local blind and partially sighted people in the Teesside and surrounding areas and we can’t wait to get started!
Each year at Armstrong Foulkes we choose a local charity to support from nominations made by our clients. For the past year, we have been supporting the Middlesbrough Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre. For further information about the services they provide, please see their website at www.middlesbroughmstherapy.org
As we have now been supporting this charity for almost a year, the time has come for us to choose a new local charity to support but we wanted to give one final fundraising push in order to raise as much money for the users of the Middlesbrough MS Therapy Centre. Our Easter related fundraising activities included a “Name The Bunny” competition to win a Hotel Chocolat Easter gift bag, a tombola and a cake and sweet stall. People were very enthusiastic with their involvement and very generous with their donations (although one did want to check before buying a chocolate cornflake cake that we had used Kellogg’s cornflakes!). In total from this event alone we raised over £230.
The Middlesbrough MS Therapy Centre will shortly let us know how much we have raised in total over the past year so watch this space. For the next 12 months, we will be supporting Teesside & District Society for the Blind. This charity was nominated by one of our clients who lost her sight in 2011 as a result of medical negligence. She attends the centre 3 times a week and it has been a huge support to her over the recent years. If you would like more information on this charity, please visit their website at www.teessideblind.co.uk
On Friday 3rd July as Wimbledon fever was intensifying we decided it made the perfect theme for further fundraising in aid of our chosen charity for 2015, Middlesbrough MS Therapy Centre (see article of March 2015). Our staff prepared and hand delivered portions of strawberries and cream to friends, family and to staff in other offices within the Cleveland Business Centre. It was a huge success and people were very generous with their donations in return for this Wimbledon themed treat on a hot summers day. As well as the sale of strawberries and cream we also operated “Dress Down Friday” in our office allowing staff to come in casual clothing, for a fee of course! In total the firm raised from these 2 activities and generous donations a grand total of £101.20 in aid of Middlesbrough MS Therapy Centre. This will be added to the funds collected as the year progresses and presented to the charity later in the year. Thank you to all those who purchased strawberries and cream or who made a kind donation.
If anybody wishes to make a donation, it’s never too late and we are happy to receive them and forward these on for you. Alternatively if you would just like to find out more about the services provided by Middlesbrough MS Therapy Centre, stop in and speak to our staff or collect a leaflet from our reception desk.
Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are conditions we know many of our clients continue to endure. There is currently no cure and these conditions have a massive effect on both the patient and their family. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the story of Benjamin a young boy close to my heart and the amazing fundraising his mother, Wendy, is doing to help fund the search for a cure for him and all those children (and adults) like him who live with these conditions on a daily basis.
Wendy’s Story (Extracts from her Fundraising Campaign)
My eldest son has suffered Ulcerative Colitis most of his life. Benjamin is only 9 years old and has been hospitalised, had an emergency blood transfusion, and been on 3 different types of medication since he was 3 years old. He takes constant steroids, immunosuppressants and his disease has restricted his growth. I purposefully put drugs into my child, which no parent wants to do. But they keep him on his feet, keep him at school, keep him living. And for that we are very grateful. But I would rather not! For that we need a cure!
Crohn’s and Colitis UK provides support, advice, and a lifeline for sufferers and their families. They also provide support for research which will hopefully find a cure in the future. On 28th March 2015 my family and some kind friends are walking the Weardale Way, 77 miles over 3 days. It is a huge challenge but I hope we can raise some money for this worthy charity. Hopefully the money we raise will help that situation and maybe, in the future, he can enjoy life without all these drugs and their awful side effects
The purpose of sharing this story is to raise awareness of the condition and how it can affect children as well as adults. If however you feel you would like to make a donation to the amazing fundraising Wendy is doing then please visit her “JustGiving” page at https://www.justgiving.com/Wendy-Gardner. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
Crohns & Colitis UK has a lot more information on these conditions along with support for those suffering and their families. They also have details about local activities and support groups. Their website can be found at http://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/ Donating directly to them is also possible on this site if you wish.
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