In 2020 we were proud to support Forever Manchester. Our promise was to raise as much money as we could, however lockdown made it really difficult. There has never been a more important time to generate cash for these fantastic and much needed charities, so we challenged our team to come up with something we could do as a team at home.
Our Manchester 10k challenge was set. Each Cuckoo was to do their own 10k and all to raise as much sponsorship as possible for Forever Manchester. We smashed our walking/running target (I think there was a mini competition between the Cuckoos) and we generated over £600 in sponsorship. However, that’s wasn’t really enough in our opinion, so instead of taking the team and clients on Xmas lunches we also donated those funds to Forever Manchester.
Forever Manchester is the only charity that raises money to fund and support community activity across Greater Manchester. They believe that connected communities make stronger, happier communities.
Here is a snapshot of just 2 of the projects they have supported in recent months.
Bury Cancer Support Centre offers a range of services, therapies, counselling and associated services to support people in Bury and across Greater Manchester. These include one–to–one counselling which was offered from the Centre itself a dedicated building, a venue for the delivery of service as well as a cafe providing
healthy eating and a shared social space where people can meet and share their experiences and offer mutual support. Services on offer include complementary therapies such as aromatherapy, reflexology, reiki as well as information and advice. As a lot of these services cannot currently be provided, the centre is keen to continue to engage and support those who usually attend the centre. They have changed their focus and applied for funding to purchase food items to make food parcels & some meals, volunteer expenses, catering equipment & volunteer development and support for a 5-month period.
Salford Loaves and Fishes is a drop-in day centre open to all but especially welcomes homeless, isolated and vulnerable people, many with mental health and addiction issues. They provide for basic needs i.e., safety, warmth, free food and drink and shower facilities. They also offer advice regarding benefits, debt, budgeting and access to medical services. Again, changing how they work to still support the people using their services, they applied for funding to purchase various food items, cleaning products and personal hygiene items.
So here we are at the start of 2021 and whilst we did what we could in 2020, we feel there is so much more we could have done, so for that reason we are delighted and proud to announce that in 2021 we will once again support Forever Manchester. So, for us, it’s back to getting on the lockdown thinking caps and beating our fundraising efforts from last year!