Hayley’s Meeting & Greeting @ the Wolves Foundation

As the relationship strengthens between Gladstone Brookes and local charity the Warrington Wolves Foundation, our staff have been offering their help and support wherever required. Hayley Mcateer describes her recent visit to the Wolves’ rugby ground for “Meeting & Greeting”.

My name is Hayley and I work within an investigation team here at GB.

The Warrington Wolves Foundation have setup a new scheme, “Meeting & Greeting”, which would be a handful of volunteers to be around the Halliwell Jones Stadium a couple of hours before kick-off at our home games to make sure that the incoming crowd are all happy.
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Hayden’s Helping Hand

 My name is Rebekah Cooke; I am a manager here at GB. I currently manage the investigation aspect of claims to ensure our clients receive the PPI response they deserve.

Earlier this year my close friends Linzi & Alan had a baby boy; Hayden Brown who was born thirteen weeks early in February 2012 weighing 2.9lb.

Hayden was taken into the Neo-Natal Unit at Royal Preston Hospital to rest and recover however Hayden sadly passed away at just 11 days old.

As Linzi is a very close friend of mine, it was devastating to hear that she and Alan had lost Hayden, when just a few days before I arrived with Hayden’s presents discussing his health and future plans.

Linzi & Alan have a very close network of friends around them & a supportive family. The only real comfort Mum & Dad have is Hayden’s knitted blanket made by his Grandma. This was with Hayden in his incubator when he was at his best and when he was at his worst, because of this Linzi wants every little boy or girl that arrives at Neo Natal to experience the same wrapped up comfort.

Gladstone Brookes wanted to help raise awareness and encourage people to knit blankets for premature babies 40cm X 40cm.

Not only did Gladstone Brookes raise awareness, they have also made a very generous donation to Neo Natal Preston Hospital where Hayden received his care. This made Linzi & Alan very thankful and offered some comfort to them at this sad time.

I feel very proud to work for Gladstone Brookes and I felt it was more than necessary to show my appreciation with this blog.

To read the fully story of Hayden and all the great work being done in his name, please visit Hayden’s Helping Hand website.

T-shirt Making… Again!

Due to the success of their previous t-shirt making class at the end of 2011, Gladstone Brookes were called back to the Foundation! GB employee Sian was part of the team and she shares her experience with our blog.

My name is Sian Lloyd-Jones and I’m a Claims Co-ordinator at Gladstone Brookes. My job role involves me taking inbound calls and responding to e-mails from clients wanting to proceed with a PPI claim.

I was offered a great opportunity by Gladstone Brookes to go to the Warrington Wolves stadium to help on a t-shirt making class, arranged by one of my colleagues. I was very excited to meet the children and to offer my help and support to everyone who attended the class. This was a chance for me to introduce myself to the class, as it is my intention to share some of my dancing skills with the young children in the near future in the form of a dancing class.

The aim of this class was to create t-shirt designs with most of the children wanting to represent the Wolves. Logos were designed by the children that they created from their own knowledge, alongside the famous Wolves logos. The children also had a choice of using different coloured paints, pens and materials ranging from glitters and diamantes to sequins. Everyone had a really good time working as a team and sharing different ideas to represent Warrington Wolves.

“Everyone had a really good time working as a team and sharing different ideas to represent Warrington Wolves.” – Ray Sharples

After meeting the children and getting to know them they told me they had also done the same genre of dancing as me and we discussed previous competitions, events, etc. I enjoyed this as we all worked to help everyone complete their t-shirt making. I told some of the children what I was looking to do for the Foundation and everyone seemed to be interested and are looking forward to the dance class.

Overall I had an amazing time representing Gladstone Brookes at the stadium. I think it’s a fantastic idea for Gladstone Brookes to host events and classes at the Warrington Wolves stadium. I enjoyed helping and sharing my ideas and I would love another opportunity like this to hopefully get a class of my own organised.