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28 Nov 2019

Big Hearted employees just keep giving

From every corner of the business, the Peel L&P team has pulled together to raise a phenomenal amount of money, which has already reached a record £64,000 this year and this amount is set to increase following Peel L&P’s annual Christmas Charity Day.


Rising to the challenge

Big hearted, determined (and gutsy) employees have pushed themselves to the limit this year scaling the National Three Peaks, Cheshire Three Peaks and even the Himalayas. They’ve also taken part in the annual fundraising highlights, Tough Mudder and the Dragon Boat Race at Liverpool Waters, raising over £25,000 for Claire House, enough to fund a full-time nurse at the children’s hospice for an entire year.

It was MediaCityUK employees, plus friends and family who tackled the Yorkshire Three Peaks raising almost £6,500 for the homeless charity Barnabus, while a group of 14 employees opted for the National Three Peaks, boosting the giving pot by £8,000.

However, while extreme challenges significantly boost the charity coffers, many activities from taking part in dress down days, baking cakes and supporting colleagues through sponsorship all help to bolster the charity coffers.


Once Upon a Smile

The main beneficiary from the fundraising activity is our nominated charity ‘Once Upon a Smile’, which supports families following the loss of a parent or sibling. Peel’s continued dedication to the charity has meant that dozens of children and teenagers have been taken away over two residential weekends throughout the year, as well as funded special remembrance events which benefited hundreds of bereaved families.

Kelly Willison, Bereavement Development Manager from Once Upon a Smile said: “The all-inclusive residential weekends offer bereaved children and teenagers, bags of fun activities, new friends and freedom to express themselves in a fun, safe and supportive environment with other bereaved young people. 

“We also identify families who need time away. For some, it’s difficult to go away for the first time without the person who has died. During these trips, families come together and support each other while making special friendships which continue after the break.”

Funds raised by Peel L&P also enable a monthly support group to take place in Wigan, which currently 15 young people have been referred to, as well as the annual Christmas remembrance service which over 250 bereaved children and parents attend.

Once Upon A Smile has now opened a new facility to help them reach even more families across the region and beyond. Some of Peel L&P’s ‘Giving Something Back Team’ members visited Sidley House in Stretford and this is what they had to say:


Supporting causes ‘in kind’

As well as making a financial contribution to numerous causes in the communities we work in, Peel L&P’s ‘in kind’ giving makes  a huge difference to the organisations and groups which benefit. Jo Holden, Sustainability Manager, said: “A conservative estimate for this year suggests that we have given ‘in kind’ to the value of £190k. Examples of this include supporting the Pure Innovations charity by providing them with a rent-free base in The Greenhouse at MediaCityUK.

There are numerous examples of where Peel L&P gives its employees time to volunteer such as for the Teach First mentoring programme or provides its assets without charge which enables non profit-making organisations to run their community activities relatively cost free.


Community benefit funds make an impact locally

In the past year, our Frodsham Wind Farm and Protos community benefit funds have collectively given £75,000 to causes in their immediate communities, making a huge difference to the quality
of life for many local people, young and old.

The contributions are entirely voluntary and will continue for the lifetime of the respective projects.

Protos Community Benefit Fund has given £30,000 to six community causes including:

  • Ince - new playground equipment - £4,000
  • Elton school - new multi-use games area - £4,000
  • Hornsmill Primary School – new playground equipment - £3,661
  • Frodsham Bellringers – new practice equipment - £2,918
  • Elton School – new carpets for part of primary school - £3,680
  • Elton Parish Council – new play area - £4,000

Frodsham Wind Farm’s Marshes Community Benefit Fund has this year awarded almost £44,000 to five projects, including:

  • Elton Parish Council - Jubilee Field project - £1,694
  • Frodsham and Helsby Rural Community Services - towards the Older People Active Lives project - £19,360
  • Frodsham & District Photographic Society – new projector - £2,266
  • Red Lion Bowling Club in Frodsham – replacement mower - £3,723
  • Frodsham Community Association – replace disabled toilets - £17,040


Peel Group announces Christie research partnership

The Peel L&P conference was used as a platform to announce an exciting and life-changing initiative - that The Peel Group has committed to a five-year partnership with The Christie charity to help fund vital research into urological cancers.

The pledge will enable two clinical researchers to join The Christie’s Uro-oncology department to oversee new studies in prostate, bladder and kidney cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting men, while bladder cancer is in the top 10 most common cancers for both men and women, along with kidney cancer.

The Peel Group will donate £200,000 a year for five years to fund the posts which it hopes will lead to advances in research that will have a positive impact on the future treatment of patients.

The Christie’s Uro-oncology department is at the forefront of cancer diagnosis and treatment in the UK and is a global leader in research.

Professor Noel Clarke, Consultant Urological Surgeon, said: “We are very grateful to The Peel Group for this investment and we are delighted to be able to invest in two new research posts which we hope will have a significant impact on our research into urological cancers.

“In order to continue to be at the forefront of cancer research and treatment, The Christie must continue to develop its academic and training capabilities, with scientists working alongside clinical teams. This funding will help us immensely in reaching our goals.”