Supporting the local community
Our network of local branches are very much a part of their local community and regular charity and fundraising events are held.
In addition to supporting known charities, including The Donna Louise Trust and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, we also support smaller, local charities. This includes raising money to help provide specialised equipment for those with specific needs.
British Heart Foundation & Cancer Research Charity Bike Ride
Alistair Trippett has raised a phenomenal amount for charity currently £3,000 to the British Heart Foundation and £2,000 to Cancer Research, Alistair tells us his story in in his own words.
In June 2009 I was diagnosed with bone cancer in my lower leg at the age of 12. In December that year I had already undergone major surgery to remove the tumour and a 6 month course of chemotherapy, the disease had gone.
If it were not for significant research having taken place over the last two decades, I and many others would not have been treated and would've have been given an expected date to live
It is because of what this research has given to me, I feel it is only right to give something back. That is why on the 28th of September 2013 I am participating in a sponsored ride from Oxford to Cambridge. A painful 88 miles will require me to bust a gut for a minimum of 8 hours. It is a very ambitious target for any intermediate cyclist but only being able to fully function with one leg will make it all the harder.
We are please to inform you that Alistair completed the cycle challenge and no doubt will go on to achieve further success!!!
The Macca’s Project Charity Bonfire Night
What a success!!! A big thanks to all of you that were involved in the Macca's Project bonfire and firework evening. This is a special charity that was set up by the McCauley family after Tom McCauley took his own life aged just 19 years old.
The Maccas Project is specifically aimed at supporting young men’s mental health in the North Staffs area. It is the only local project currently in existence focusing solely on our young males (14-25 years of age) with mental health issues.
Young people prefer to ‘suffer in silence’ because they are scared of stigma, or feel that they would be treated badly if they told someone about their problems.
43% of young people said that fear of stigma had stopped them seeking help.
1 in 10 self harm 1 in 10 who self harm go onto commit suicide.
Organisers managed to arrange a raffle of donated prizes from local businesses, which raised just over £1000, bringing huge awareness to the local area. Friends and family produced a free feast of food, with fireworks and bonfire thrown in too!!
A special thanks goes out to Rachel Simpson for organising and hosting the event.
Donna Louise Trust Charity Head Shave
A massive thank you to the two AMG Donna's for raising a whopping £2,777 for the Donna Louise Trust. Both Donna's felt the cold after shedding their locks on January 17th 2014.
Donna Thorley spoke about why she decided to take on the challenge "I have been lucky enough to have three healthy children, but know there are a lot of families in the area who are not as fortunate, and without the support that the Donna Louise Trust offers, life would be a lot more difficult"
Donna Miller donated her hair to the 'Little Princess Trust'
Suzanne Trippett owner of AMG Nursing and Care Services was on hand to provide support to the two Donna’s. Suzanne herself has supported this charity for many years holding various fundraising activities throughout the year.