Our Charity Work
As patrons of the Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation we have joined with them in a special Disability Awareness scheme in which Gladstone Brookes staff are receiving training in disability awareness before going out into the community and passing their skills on to others. The scheme is designed to challenge able bodied people to put themselves in the shoes of people with a range of disabilities. As well as giving them an insight into the disabled cope with day to day life it will also show how sport can bring huge benefits to disabled people.
Warrington Toy Appeal
Santa had extra work to do at Christmas after Gladstone Brookes staff donated over £1,200 worth of toys for under-privileged children. The Toy Appeal is becoming an annual event with staff from all four buildings contributing their dress down money. We filled three shopping trollies to overflowing after Toys R Us manager Simon McNab offered us some extra Christmas discount.
Claire House Children’s Hospice
Gladstone Brookes staff are very caring people and are encouraged to nominate their favourite charities. Amy Roberts feels passionate about Claire House because Claire was the younger sister of her friend Jennifer. The hospice costs £2.7 million a year to run and senior fund raiser Angella Rawsthorne said: “We are very grateful to the staff of Gladstone Brookes for helping us in this way.”
Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Hospital was nominated by Danyelle Lynch who had to spend three weeks there when her son was seriously ill with a heart condition in 2009. The house – the largest in Europe – provides free accommodation for the families of critically ill children receiving treatment at the hospital. Even with 84 rooms it’s always full to bursting with a waiting list of 20 or more each night.
The Shannon Bradshaw Trust
The trust was founded 11 years ago when seven-year-old Shannon lost her fight against aplastic anaemia – an aggressive type of leukaemia. Her mother and father – Patti and Alan – set up the trust in her name to provide help for other parents whose children have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Help could be a donating a specialist piece of equipment or offering free respite care at the trust’s holiday caravan.
A Message From the Business
Gladstone Brookes employs in excess of 250 people and we feel strongly about our duties in respect of Social Responsibility and how we can benefit the wider community. We are all very privileged to have stable employment at a time when not everybody has this stability – it is therefore our duty to ensure that we do what we can to benefit others less fortunate than us. It is for this reason that Gladstone Brookes have organised the Charitable Events that are detailed on this page and have planned more events for 2013.
Each month in 2014 we will be nominating a Charity who we will work with throughout that month, culminating in us generating funds for them in one way or another. The Charity nominations will come from the staff of Gladstone Brookes, who will then be actively participating in the organisation and execution of the event itself – be that bringing Disability Awareness to local schoolchildren, or a fancy dress day in the Office. We would like you to get involved in our blogs and our pledges to ensure that as much awareness and funds are generated to help those who need our help.