News - March 2019

Care Bears Caring, Sharing and Giving

At the start of Diane Keay’s  (Trustee/ Customer & Community Manager Rotherham)  career with Mears, she was made aware of the knitted bears which residents were encouraged to make at either community groups or in their own time; these bears were then distributed around the UK and beyond to children in need.  These bears were in most cases, the only possession these children have.

Diane encouraged residents to join with knitters from around the country, she also asked her mother-in-law to knit a couple of bears for her to take around to local groups. 


Since this request in December 2012,  Jean Keane  has not stopped knitting! Along with her friend, Glenda and Diane’s mum, Jean,Audrey has produced over 500 bears which have been distributed in accordance with the Mears guideline, predominantly to South Africa.


A big thank you to Diane and her dedicated network of knitters!


*Photo shows Jean, Audrey & Glenda (l-r) together with some of their bears.

Lewis Laws London Marathon 2019 !!

While some of us were over indulging over Christmas and have plans to do it all again this Easter, please remember new Gas and M&E manager for Tower Hamlets, Lewis Laws, has been doing without! Lewis has been eating clean and running up to 14 miles as part of his gruelling training regime for the upcoming London Marathon on behalf of the Mears Foundation.

What motivates you to run the London Marathon?

I feel like it would be an achievement, a true test of Mind and Body to run the marathon. I’ve done the marathon 2 years ago and unfortunately suffered an injury during the run, so I did not get the time I was aiming for, I hope to beat that time this year.

I believe in the work the Mears Foundation do; by supporting less known charities and schemes, they make their goals more achievable.

 What have you done to prep?

I have been running at least 3 times a week. Trying to increase the mileage every run, mainly the weekends. I’ve even run from work to home which is usually 11 miles.

I have had to invest in new footwear for the training and the actual marathon, and the Mears Rewards scheme landed me a great deal on Nike town!

Have you got a time in mind?

I want to be able to complete the marathon in 4 hours 15 mins, although I know this will be difficult I’m going to set that as my personal goal.

If you want to support Lewis’s efforts and the Mears Foundation on the link below.


Good luck Lewis, we appreciate your support.


Grant Potential?

Mears Foundation grants can help you to make a difference...

The Foundation is a grant-making trust that seeks to harness the goodwill, talents and skills within Mears Group to benefit charities that provide practical help and support to vulnerable people.

We award funding from £250.00 to £1,000.00 to support what matters to people and communities.

Thank you notes received ....

We provide grants that go directly to those who will benefit the most and we are committed to helping more people and communities.

We have received thank you notes from:

St George’s Charity
The Royal Society for Blind Children
Hop Skip & Jump

We are delighted to be able to assist you with your projects.

Spring has finally arrived !!!

Say good-bye to the snow, storm Gareth and  say hello Spring.

We would like to wish all our Spring 2019 walkers the very best of luck!

Grants awarded to .....

We consider and fund a large number of grants, the below  funding has been granted to the following organizations:-

Safe Families for Children 1,000.00
Reading list foundation 500.00
St George's Hospital Trust 500.00
FareShare South West 500.00
Lifecentre Hattersley 1,000.00
Hop Skip & Jump 500.00
Young Carers Development Trust 500.00
Royal Society for Blind Children 1,000.00

Your dedication and service is appreciated.

Keep up the good work.