Gladstone Brookes is a company which is proud of its efforts to help out local charities and give something back to the community we live in.
Every month we donate our dress down money to a nominated charity which could be either local or national – like this month’s Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP) or Children In Need.
This month’s dress down was used to buy two new wheelchairs to add to the impressive fleet run by WDP’s Shopmobility operation in Warrington town centre.
The charity already has more than 40 mobility aids of all kinds from large electric scooters, electric wheelchairs and manual wheelchairs which any member of the public with mobility issues can use to navigate the town centre.
There are two locations open between 9 am and 4.30 pm – Golden Square and The Market – where the public can hire the aid which best suits them for £5 a day.
WDP chief executive Dave Thompson said: “Gladstone Brookes are long term supporters of the charity and with their latest donation we were able to buy two new manual wheelchairs to add to the fleet. Thank you once again for your generosity and continued support.
“Our service users tell us we have changed their lives by giving them their independence back. Once they have hired their chosen aid they can go anywhere in the pedestrianised area in the centre of town, as long as they have it back to us by 4.30 in the afternoon.
Disability Awareness Day
Gladstone Brookes will also be renewing our sponsorship of the charity’s Disability Awareness Day which has grown to become one of the biggest events in the country.
Last year more than 22,000 people attended the free event in a tented village in Walton Hall Gardens. At this year’s event on July 16th, visitors will find more than 250 exhibitors, equipment suppliers, transport, holidays, leisure, employment, support groups and services.
There is a Sports Zone including Scuba diving, an Arts Marquee and family entertainment. The show opens at 10am and finishes at 5pm.
‘Can do’ culture
Said Dave Thompson: “Disability Awareness Day is a pan disability event which promotes a ‘can do’ culture focussing on what disabled people can do throughout life and work.
“It has three main aims:
- To highlight what statutory, private or voluntary services are available to enable disabled people to stay independent.
- To promote equipment and aids that could maintain or improve independence, not just what is offered by statutory service providers, we want everyone to see the best and/or latest designs
- To provide an opportunity to showcase what disabled people can do, in the field of Sport, Arts and Entertainment
“As well as fulfilling all these aims every year the show also gives everyone who comes a really good day out filled with interest, fun and entertainment!”
Our staff also have a great record of responding quickly to disasters and emergencies by holding special collections such as the one in support of the Manchester Emergency Fund set up in the wake of the recent Manchester bombing.
Organised by Rachel Ashton, she persuaded her colleagues to come to work in yellow and black – the colours of The Manchester Bee – and raised £254 with a bucket collection around the office in a single day.
Said Rachel: “I’m originally from Manchester and this tragedy was very close to home for me. I felt the need to do something about it and my colleagues have been great, rallying around.”
Great Manchester Run
Becky Scully took part in the Great Manchester Run with her parents – one of the first major events to be held after the bombing – raising more than £650 for the Christie Hospital.
Said Becky: “We have run the event for quite a few years. My Dad lost his sister to cancer when she was only 19 so we try to do our bit to help in trying to find a cure and help those suffering today.
“We were slightly nervous about going because of the bombing, but the atmosphere when we got there was even more incredible than usual. There was a minute’s silence at the start and then an inspirational reading of the poem ‘Do Something’ by Manchester poet Tony Walsh. It was a great day.”
Becky and her parents also took part in a special 22 minutes event held to show solidarity and as a mark of respect for the date of the tragic event, raising a further £36 and adding another three medals to their collection.