News - July 2017

Congratulations on your grant approval!

We receive a high number of applications from a whole range of projects. Funding of £250 was awarded to the below projects:-



Douglas Bader Foundation

Strongbones Children's Charitable Trust

County Community Projects

Headway Birmingham & Solihull

Hope House


The Mears Foundation has chosen to support these charities based on specific criteria.

Please know that your efforts are important and worthy causes.

Men in sheds South Tyneside ...

We have been successful in partnering with a Men’s Shed in South Tyneside who offer a joinery workshop for the over 50's. They are open 5 days a week, 10am to 3pm.

Debbie Kerr applied to the Mears Foundation and was granted £250 which she arranged to present to the Chairman, Tom Brownlee, on Thursday, 6th July.

The essence of a shed is not the actual building but the shed represents the concept of a refuge at the bottom of the garden where stuff gets done, it symbolizes so many innovative ideas that have come from the shed.

The concept of Men’s Sheds started in Australia where men enjoyed their own sanctuary, a special place at the bottom of the garden and from that grew the Men’s Shed organization with about a thousand sheds in Australia and presently over three hundred and forty two sheds in the UK.

Leading up to retirement men think life after work is going to be fantastic, more time to play golf, walking, holidays, projects, get up late and fill the day with lots of things you have always wanted to do. In reality for many that is not the case as boredom and loneliness takes its toll leading to depression and isolation.

The sun always shines at M&D’s !

Roll up, roll up….

You can discover AMAZONIA, Scotland’s only indoor tropical rainforest packed with exotic animals, birds and creepy crawlies!

Rides and attractions (over 20 are for kids only), ‘glow in the dark’ indoor bowling, a gigantic soft play area. Game Zone with the very latest amusements and games, bars, and restaurants.

Lots and lots of seasonal events unique to M&D’s.

All the fun of the fair!

Registration only applicable to Mears employee's



Mears Fun Day Scotland

We return to Scotland's M&D's Theme Park on Saturday 2 September.

We will have exclusive use of rides and attractions in the morning, before the Park opens to the public, along with lots of exciting plans for the Mears Zone.

Registrations for the Funday are now open!

Remember that tickets are free for you and up to three family members. Register 

Mears Fun Day Scotland

M&D’s Theme Park, Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell ML1 3RT

Saturday, 2nd September 10am – 6pm (exclusive use for Mears until 12 noon).

Gates open 9am.


Registration only applicable to Mears employee

We’re looking forward to spending the day with as many of you as possible.

See you there!

Get Walking and Raise Money‎ !

The final leg of the MF 2017 walks was a great success with 22 Walkers completing the 10 miles, although some (Bob) questioned the "mostly flat" description of the walk!

We had stunning views of the Stroud valleys, met quite a lot of the local animals including cows, horses and some donkeys. The team had great fun running thought a field of wheat, we had a lovely lunch at the Ragged Cot and then finished off the day with a stop-off at the Winstones ice cream factory!

Thanks again to all our wonderful walkers who took part in the 2017 Mears Foundation walks, brilliant organisation, wonderful teams and most of all raising money to help very worthy charitable causes.

Thank you Jude Herbert (Regional Financial Controller/MF trustee) for organising the Stroud valleys walk and feedback.