News - January 2020

Staying safe from the coronavirus

Fortunately, public health officials in many countries, including the US, have put measures in place to help prevent further spread of the virus. These measures include health screenings at major airports in the US for people traveling from Wuhan. In China, travel restrictions are in effect.

With information changing so quickly and every news report about the virus seeming to raise the stakes, you may be wondering how worried you should be.

Basic infectious disease principles are key to curbing the spread of this virus. Wash your hands regularly. Cover coughs and sneezes with your inner elbow. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands. Stay home from work or school if you have a fever. Stay away from people who have signs of a respiratory tract infection, such as runny nose, coughing, and sneezing.

Stay safe !

The Big Sort – Save your Christmas cards for Cobalt

It's another bumper year for our Christmas card recycling collection  at Mears  Head office, Gloucester.

It may come as no surprise with the emergence of technology, instant messaging services and email we are still writing so many greeting cards.

Recycling cards is a really simple way of helping to put Christmas cards to a positive use after the festive season. The cards will be recycled, so less paper will end up in landfill.

We are delighted that due to this success we will be continuing to run a card recycling scheme ALL year!

Thank  you Linda Thomas from Cobalthealth for collecting the cards.

Cobalt was founded in 1964 by Dr Fred Hanna, who launched a public appeal along with other doctors at Cheltenham General Hospital to build a radiotherapy unit (Cobalt Unit) in Cheltenham, as the nearest at the time was 50 miles away in Bristol.

Each year Cobalt provides diagnostic imaging for over 65,000 patients at their Imaging Centres in Cheltenham and Birmingham and through their fleet of six mobile MRI scanners that travel throughout the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and beyond. They invests in equipment, research and education, to ensure everyone has access to the best medical imaging for their diagnosis.

Could you make a difference to people’s lives in South Africa?

The Footprints Foundation has places available for volunteers for Project South Africa 2020 in October/November.

Footprints are working with a number of schools and orphanages in South Africa, helping them to regenerate and improve their premises, and to counsel and educate the children in their care. The work involves a wide variety of tasks, both manual and non-manual, which need support.


As with previous international projects, volunteers have to raise a minimum of £2000 sponsorship for the trip before they go. Mears Group employees are eligible to apply but, before doing so, you must discuss with and get approval from your line manager.

Please contact Carmen for furher details:-


Wishing all of the successful volunteers the best of luck and loads of success with this great project!

Newcastle Branch dress down

Mears branch Newcastle have been doing Dress Down Friday since 2014 and overall they have raise £5,224 for some very worthy local charities and The Mears Foundation. This year they are looking to support Kinship Carers Support Group in Newcastle and The Mears Foundation.

The charities they have supported in the past are listed below:

Charities Supported by Dress Down Days from 2014 to 2019
Malcolm Gill South Africa Fund £215.00
If U Care Share Foundation £215.00
Barbara Priestman Academy £380.00
Jessica's Sarcoma Awareness £325.00
Great North Air Ambulance £260.00
Children North East £340.00
Bobby Robson Foundation £282.00
Special Olympics Sunderland £240.00
North of England Children's Cancer Research £260.00
Guide Dogs for the Blind Newcastle £225.00
One Punch North East £275.00
Mears Foundation £2,207.00

Well done Newcastle...


Thank you for your continued support.



New Year's resolutions ...

As the clock struck midnight on January 1st, millions of inspired people around the world pledged to honour their New Year's resolutions.

It's a New Year, and many people will be wanting to turn over a new leaf. That's what New Year's resolutions are for — to make improvements to our lives in some way.


Our goals still remain the same every year .....


  • to create new possibilities
  • to improve the life experience of a community/individual 
  • to help people in need
  • to harness the goodwill, talents and skills within Mears Group to benefit charities that provide practical help and support to vulnerable people.

….. and, of course, have a lot of fun while helping others.


Happy New Year !