News - 2017

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas filled with joy, laughter, warmth, wonderful moments with your loved ones and something very special under the Christmas tree.

Cakes make life just a little sweeter !

Trustee Paula Law presented the Mears Foundation Christmas cake to Commercial Manager, Gavin Brewer and Michelle Allen, Commercial Assistant from the Leeds branch.

Thank you Leeds branch for your support.

 

Party time for Meet and Mingle, Stowmarket

Yvonne Cattermole (Mears Care Coordinator – Stowmarket) would like to say a massive thank you to  Mears foundation for their generous donation of £500 to the Meet and Mingle group.

The Meet and Mingle group was set up to help with social isolation in the local community, over the last few years day centres have been closing so this group has been a big asset to the community.

Because of this generous donation on the 15th December 2017 the branch were able to hold a Christmas party for the people that have attended the Meet and Mingle throughout the year.

25 people attended,  which was amazing. The Stowmarket Strummers who are all volunteers came along to get us all in the Christmas spirit by playing Christmas song, there was plenty of food for everyone and they had an amazing Christmas raffle which included hampers, chocolate and lots more.

Next year is going to be an amazing year for the group, they are planning trips out, lots of activities for everyone to get involved in and entertainers for everyone to enjoy.

The donation will help to support more people who are suffering from social isolation

Thank You Rotherham !

Gary Jackson (MF Trustee) presented the Mears Foundation “Thank you for your support cake” to Andy Chambers, General Manager for Mears Housing Branch in Rotherham.

"It was a real privilege to be able to say thank you to Andy and the team at Rotherham, on behalf of the Mears Foundation, for all their support in raising much needed funds, which really do help us change lives."

 

 

Kindle Fire HD Winner.....

Michelle Cox was delighted to win the Kindle Fire HD.

Michelle commented “I see the raffle as a way to donate to the foundation and don't expect to win anything, this was a lovely surprise”

Well done Michelle, thanks for your support.

Enjoy!

Mears Home Group brings festive Cheer to Depaul

It was the 5th Christmas dinner for DePaul this year the event was even bigger and better than last year and this is all thanks to the help and support from Mears Home Group. The day went so well and everything went like clockwork, thanks to the amazing efforts of the "kitchen crew" and the volunteers from Mears which included, wrapping presents, dressing the tables, providing table service for the young people, and washing up. Mr Devlin and Mr Morrow really suited their aprons!!

The £100 donated from the tuck shop was amazing and allowed Debbie Keer to prepare 5 hampers for the young people and the £250 donation from the Mears Foundation will go towards all the important things the young people need as they start a new chapter in their lives.

Well done Debbie Kerr and team.

Community Connexions, Cheltenham Christmas party 2017

A splendid time was had by all at Community Connexions Christmas party.

The festivities started with a (what turned out to be lengthy) game of bingo which was followed by the buffet lunch which was delicious,   plentiful, and which Santa came to help serve. A game of pass the parcel and a Christmas quiz.

The raffle was won by Joyce Turner, from Gloucester and before we knew it was time to go home, with some of the service users having a bit of a sing song whilst waiting for drivers.

It was a great pleasure to help spread some Christmas cheer.

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference!

Christmas hampers bring cheer to Stroud

Dursley & District Elderly Community Group open their doors daily Monday - Friday mornings to the elderly people in the area to pop in as and when they wish for a cup of tea and light bite they can stay as long as they want and come along as often as they wish.


There are a group of regulars who pop in every day (some of which were in the photo) who would otherwise not see anyone.This group is the lifeline for some of the community and sometimes the only social activity they are involved with.
The group is run by Gillian and a group of volunteers and is fully dependent on donations and grants. The cheque which was donated by Mears Foundation will go towards hiring a coach to take some of the community out for tea and cake.

Mears Foundation Supports Christmas Projects......

Christmas is all about giving. It shows our love, warms our hearts, and represents the true spirit of the holidays. We are spreading the festive cheer with supporting several local projects.

AGE UK Rotherham - Christmas Lunch.
This year Mears Rotherham served approximately 120 Christmas dinners to guests and volunteers from Age UK.

Each guest also received a small gift to take away with them. They have now reached their maximum numbers for this event, governed by the size of the church hall.

HOMELESS - soup & sandwiches
Mears Rotherham also made approximately 240 portions of homemade soup in 2 varieties, half taken to The Lighthouse Shelter in Rotherham and the remainder delivered to an outreach centre for them to freeze and use at their Friday drop-in's over the next few weeks. They also made sandwiches for the homeless shelter.

Thank you Diane Keay and team

Congratulations to our lucky raffle winners!

Congratulations to our lucky raffle winners!

Julie Crane - Argos Voucher -  Lambeth branch
Michelle Cox Kindle Fire HD 8GB -  Enfield -  Mears Housing Management
Mary Wainwright - Harrods Hamper - Edinburgh 554

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make our Christmas raffle a success! 

We appreciate your generosity and can't wait to do it again next year!

Mears Foundation thank you Christmas cakes

The Mears Foundation Trustee's would like to thank Mears New Homes (Welwyn), Rotherham MFS, Mears Home Group and Mears Leeds, for their generous  support of the Foundation this year.

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward!

Enjoy the cakes!

There is still time to purchase a Christmas raffle ticket !

Be quick, as you only have a few days left to purchase raffle tickets.

You could be in with a chance to win one of our many fabulous prizes.

Each raffle ticket is a chance to win!

http://www.themearsfoundation.org.uk/raffle

Mears employee's only

MF Christmas Raffle is now open !

Our Christmas raffle is now open!

Win a fantastic £250 Harrods Christmas Hamper, a Kindle Fire HD 8GB Tablet or a £100 Argos Voucher, just in time for Christmas!

With every ticket you buy, not only do you have a chance to win great prizes, but you are also supporting the Mears Foundation.

Tickets are only £2 each and you can buy as many as you wish.

The draw will be performed by a random computer process. The draw will take place Friday 15th December.

The winner will be notified by email on Friday 15th December.

Every ticket you buy will increase your chances to win.

Buy your tickets now...


The raffle is open to Mears employee’s only

Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone

We may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but for many this time of year brings anything but festive cheer.

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting oneself and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.

So, as we celebrate this Christmas season, may we ask you all to remember others less fortunate than ourselves.

Tis the season of goodwill......

Mears Fun Day 2018

The Mears Fun Day is a fantastic day out for employees and their family.

It is a day jam packed full of fun and that will keep you thoroughly entertained.

Keep a lookout for updates on our Daily Mears Matters and Mears Connect.

Get your pens poised to save the date!

 

 

Congratulations on receiving a Mears Foundation Grant!

A total of £2500.00 worth of grants have been approved for funding to the charities/projects listed below:-

Dursley & District Old Peoples welfare group -  (Loneliness)
Southampton City Mission - (Loneliness)
The Boparan Charitable Trust (Rotherham branch nomination) 
Breakthrough UK (Manchester) 
Fareshare (Bristol) 
Spadework (Kent) 
Mindsong (Gloucestershire)  
Felix Road Adventure Playground - (Bristol) 
Young & Free (Bristol) 

We are pleased to be able to assist you with funding.

Thank you to all those who applied for our grants.

The Mears Foundation Walk dates 2018 have been released

The dates have been set for the 2018 Walks.

Take part in Mears Foundation walk and help raise money for any charity of your choice or for the Mears Foundation.

The walks are a low pressure way to get active outdoors while raising money for a great cause.

If you have never participated before why not give it a try in 2018? 

Just think of the exercise and fresh air!

MF 2018 Walk dates ....

22nd March Dovestone, Greater Manchester
13th April Hadrian's Wall 
26th April Rotherham 
1st May Kew Bridge to Vauxhall Bridge, London 
30th May Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire 
6th June Newmarket, Suffolk 

 

Great Brainstorming end of year meeting for the MF trustees..

Throughout the year, we have supported several good causes in the UK and abroad, and are instrumental in carrying out, meaningful and often transformational impacts on communities and people.

All our employees are encouraged to regularly donate through their salary each month, we are incredible thankful to this great scheme.

We had an excellent meeting yesterday, keep your eyes peeled for our 2018 events coming soon.

With your help, we can continue to help make a huge difference.

Thank you!

Countdown to the MF Christmas Raffle 2017 !

Its Christmas Raffle time, watch this space for your chance to win some amazing prizes.

Fingers crossed that you're one of the lucky ones to win.

Prize draw is open to all Mears employees only.

Helping those in Need - Together we can make it happen

In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.

When we share, we break out of the boundaries of our ego and recognise the humanity of others. Sharing breeds inter-dependence, happiness and harmony.

Our values and ethos are at the core of everything we do.

Dedicated to helping others.

Help the frail and elderly this winter

With cold weather on the cards this winter, millions of pensioners sadly will endure a lonely and cheerless Christmas this year and indeed spend many long winter’s days alone.

Keeping an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours and supporting them in the cold really has to be the duty of us all.

Stay well this winter.

Fab four get ready for the Isle of Man Challenge

Kevin Morrow, Steve Osbourne, Andy Derry and Jon Hackett are being put through their paces to raise money for charity.

With six months stretching before the Isle of Wight Challenge the Mears team are wasting no time in training for the endurance challenge.

As an athlete follows a schedule that will help them achieve their goal, the team took part in the Mears Foundation, Kew Gardens to Thames walk last Friday.

We know the challenge will require grit and determination but it will be fantastic and exhilarating and we look forward to hearing all about it.

Way to go team, that’s the spirt!

Give a little more..

Only 45 days until Christmas !

Christmas is a time to be charitable.

You can give to good causes as well as your relatives this Christmas without spending more.

Visit Amazon through the Mears Foundation web page, click on the Amazon link, instead of going direct, and Mears Foundation will get a percentage of what you spend.

You pay exactly the same for your purchases as if you visited Amazon direct.

Every little count!

MF Walk - Kew Bridge to Vauxhall Bridge

A stunning route with scenery that's steeped in history, and a superb backdrop.

A team of volunteers joined Bob today to complete the Thames Walk.

A great day had by all.

Once again thank you for your support.

A bright and Early Start For the Thames Walkers

The weather could not have been nicer, the air was fresh and the sun was bright as it reflected off the river.

A team of 12 walkers set out this morning on the Thames path walk enjoying the sights along the way.

Happy walking team …

The Art Of Walking ..Mears Foundation Autumn Walk

Enjoy a breath of fresh air in beautiful scenery.

Believe it or not, Londoners are spoiled for choice when it comes to autumn walks among russet leaves.

This is a circular walk that still manages to stay mostly beside the River Thames, as it takes in one of the great river's yawning meanders. It's also the point on the Thames Path when city finally starts to feel like country.

Good luck to our MF walkers on Friday 10th November as they take part in the Kew Bridge to Vauxhall Thames path walk.

Wyatt House in Billingshurst - The Changing of the Garden !

Planting Seeds of Friendship...

Amy Doughty and team from Mears Home Group, Chandlers Ford branch attended Wyatt House last Thursday and erected a trellis with money donated by The Mears Foundation. 

Plans for phase 2 include the team returning to Wyatt House and planting plants to create a lovely little garden turning it into a beautiful place to relax.

Amy, incorporated her site visit to Wyatt House to erect the trellis with the usual coffee mornings she does with the elderly residents and they very kindly invited her to stay for lunch with them.

The scheme manager emailed Amy to say thank you for the morning and they are all very grateful for the grant.

We look forward to seeing the established plants next year!

Plant a little love, watch a miracle grow....

Congratulations to our raffle winners!

Our hearty congratulations to our Autumn Promise Raffle Prize winners:-


Iolo Morgan-Jones
Jodie Anderson
Hope Young
Zoe Barnard-Rowland
Richard Bowman
David Smith
Kevin Wilmot
Peter Hayward
Rachel Kirk
Ann Pratt


We would like to say a big thank you to everyone for participating.

Our Autumn Raffle is now CLOSED!

The Mears Foundation Autumn promise raffle is now closed.

A huge thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket.

Winners will be notified directly.

The Christmas Raffle is coming soon... watch this space.

There will be a variety of wonderful prizes to be won including …a luxury Harrods Hamper.

You Got To Be In It To Win It !

There is still a few days to buy raffle tickets

So, if you're feeling lucky or simply want to support a great cause, enter our raffle today.

Good luck to all who purchased tickets!

A record-breaking crowd turned out for the Scotland Funday

Such a great turnout.

Mears Fun Day Scotland -  2000 people attended a fantastic day in September and we raised £856.15 in total for the foundation!

It was great to see so many people enjoying the day.

Well done everyone and thanks for your support.

See you next year !

Promise autumn raffle 2017 Raffle Tickets Are Now on Sale

Enter our new Autumn raffle 2017 today for your chance to win a fabulous prize

Entry is just £2 per ticket. 

Mears Employees only

Please see the attached link:-

http://www.themearsfoundation.org.uk/raffle

Congratulations on receiving your grant

A total of £1850 worth of grants have been approved for funding to the charities/projects listed below:-

General Grant
Circle (Supporting families in Scotland)

Loneliness
Rotherham branch Age UK Christmas Lunch
Alva Care per sensory day
Home Group SW Wyatt House garden regeneration

Social Values Funding Requests
Elgin Soup & Sweet event
Livin Charity Challenge Day
Rotherham Lighthouse Homeless Shelter Soup Kitchen


We are pleased to be able to assist you with funding.

Thank you to all those who applied for our grants.

Hot of the press the MF autumn walk date has been released…

As thoughts begin to turn to autumn, we are proud to announce the date for the Mears Foundation autumn walk.

Autumn is a time of wonder when the natural world turns a kaleidoscope of colour and landscapes come alive.

Put a note in your diary … Friday 10th November 2017.

Yes, by popular demand - Kew Bridge to Vauxhall Thames Path. The River Thames was once a major location for import and export and as it gets into London the river's banks were originally lined with many warehouses and wharfs.

You will pass many historic landmarks and raise money for a good cause


More details to follow soon.

Trustee's Meeting Update

We had a very productive trustees meeting yesterday and were able to discuss the great progress we have made over recent months.

We welcome grant applications from charities, and groups whose work benefits our communities.

Our trustees will review your request against the criteria and advise you if your request has been successful.

Keep your eyes peeled for our Autumn raffle 2017!

You could be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes on offer.

Good luck!

Congratulations, you've won!

Reece Crawford, from Stirling was one of the lucky tombola winners who won a £15.00 M & S voucher.

Reece commented “I’ve had a fun day”

Congratulations to all our lucky winners and thank you to everyone who supported us.

Spectacular Family Fun Day at M & D's Scotland...

What an amazing day at M & D’s last Saturday!

A great fun-filled day out for all the family.

Throughout the day, children of all ages were treated to an array of activities, water rides, fairground rides, an arcade, a theatre, ten-pin bowling and an indoor reptile house, Amazonia entertainment galore!

Thank you to everyone who supported our tombola stall. It was a fantastic success raising  £492.00.

It was great to meet so many groups of families, friends and even more delighted as the sun broke through the clouds.

We hope you had a good time and look forward to seeing you next year.

Stirling service users have a magical day out…..

When the sun's shining there is no better way to enjoy a day out...

 A group of our Service Users from Mears Care Stirling went on a day trip to visit the Falkirk Wheel.   The trip was sponsored by the Mears Foundation.

 The Falkirk Wheel is the world’s only rotating boatlift, which is used to connect the Forth & Clyde and Union canals in central Scotland.

 The Falkirk Wheel is a magnificent, mechanical marvel which has been constructed to 21st century, state-of-the-art engineering. It is already being recognised as an iconic landmark worthy of Scotland's traditional engineering expertise.

A big thank you to the staff at the Stirling branch, which have made our service users very happy.

It was a memorable experience and a great day out.

Only 4 days to go!

The countdown is well and truly on for the return to the M&D's Theme Park on Saturday 2 September for the Mears Fun day Scotland.


A guaranteed great day out for families and friends. There really is something to do for everyone, with an abundance of exciting activities on offer.


Attendees have a lot to look forward to with the 2017 fun day promising to be bigger and better!


Ah the weather! It is one of our favourite topics of conversation after all. The forecast at the moment is 19°and partly sunny.
Remember you’ll be outside a lot, so make sure you’ve dressed sensibly.


We can’t wait to see you at the Mears Foundation marquee.


See you on Saturday!

For all those gearing up for an exciting bank holiday weekend..

Many people will be heading away to enjoy the final bank holiday of 2017. We know it'll be very busy on the roads, particularly tomorrow and on Monday.

Whatever your plans, there’s no denying it, for some reason us British see a Bank Holiday as a great opportunity to make the most of our day. Whether it’s using your extended weekend to take a relaxing break, visit relatives or turning to DIY.

Here’s to a safe and enjoyable August bank holiday from the MF team!

See The Difference Your Support Can Make....

Making a Difference Together.....

The results from Create's Evaluation Report speak for themselves..... 

Following the generous grant from The Mears Foundation towards Create’s creative: connection project in Essex.


100% participants and 100% school staff rated the project enjoyable and successful overall respectively. Thank you for enabling Create to provide students with and without disabilities in Essex with high quality arts workshops in which they could explore their creativity, break down barriers and build new friendships.

No matter how much money we raise, or how big or small your donation, we are always grateful.

We would like to thank you for helping us make a positive difference. Your support encourages our continued commitment to reaching our goal.

The countdown is on! Have you got your tickets?

The countdown is on to the Mears Funday 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 at:-

 https://www.mearsgroup.co.uk/funday2017/

Strictly for Mears employees only

The Friends 4U Group

Mears Tannochside and West Lothian branches teamed up with assistance from Mears Scotland to provide a safe and secure disabled access garden area for a local Friends 4U group. The teams pulled together to provide the group with:-
A shed
6ft fencing
Security lights
Outside water tap and electrical point

The Friends 4u Group was started by a local group of carers who wanted to bring together adults in the local community with disabilities and learning difficulties to provide a safe environment for all to socialise and take part in activities.
We met with group representatives to discover what they felt they needed to achieve the environment they were looking for. With help from a £250 donation from the Mears Foundation and materials provided by Jewson, Buildbase and Greenside Garden Centre, we were able to fully achieve the outcome they desired.

Thanks to the Mears Foundation donation and the generosity of the local garden centre on the day, they were also able to fill each of the planting beds and provide a variety of flowers and herbs to start the group off with their planting plans.

The Friends 4U Group are now able to use the garden area as intended for wheelchair users to plant and grow flowers and herbs. The Group believe this is a garden that encourages the users to work and achieve goals independently and provides a safe environment for them to socialise.

Isle of Wight challenge

 

A team of 10 Mears employees are taking on the Isle of Wight Challenge http://www.isleofwightchallenge.com/ for the Mears Foundation. The Challenge is to walk 106Km around the island continuously starting at 9am on the 5th May 2018 through the day and night and finishing 24hrs later on the 6th of May.  

All fundraising goes to the Mears Foundation to support local charities and vulnerable people around the UK and you can donate at:-

 https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/kevinmorrow1

The Mears team - Kevin Morrow, Steve Osbourne, Ray Blundell, Nick Davidge, Dave Pearce, Martin Gaffney, Jon Hackett, Andy Derry, Ryan Nicholson and Simon Bloodworth. 

A summer message from the MF Team

Firstly wishing you all a happy, healthy, trouble free summer.

We are making a difference - one person at a time.

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:-

 

Endeavour

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.

A true jewel in the Cotswolds crown......

What a spectacular trail …


The Cotswolds team head out this morning along the peaceful track with breath-taking views.


A true jewel in the Cotswolds crown.

Last Leg of the MF 2017 Spring walks...

Good luck to our Stroud walkers.

Thank you for all your support....have fun.....lets hope the sun shines!

A huge thanks to all our MF walkers 2017 who have signed up to raise money for the Mears Foundation or for a charity of their choice.

Every penny counts!

 See you next year !

Red Lipstick Foundation receives donation...

The Red Lipstick Foundation was founded in 2014 following the sudden and unexpected death of their much loved daughter, sister, twin, auntie, niece, granddaughter and friend – Brittany took her life the day before her 20th birthday and her untimely and unexpected death left their world in chaos.

The Red Lipstick Foundation charity was named after  Britt's love of bright red lipstick and her quirky style!  

Attached is a picture of Alison Pennicott, KPI & Performance Manager, Mears, Chandlers Ford branch handing the cheque to Jax Missen of the Red Lipstick Foundation. 

The Red Stick Foundation were so grateful for the donation.

 

Create wins Charity Award’s Arts Culture and Heritage Award

Create secured the Charity Award’s Arts Culture and Heritage Award for “delivering creative arts projects to empower disadvantaged people”. The award is particularly in recognition of their creative connection programme bringing together disabled and non-disabled participants. 

The Mears foundation is so excited to have been part of Create’s winning journey. 

For more information about Create, and the work that they do, please click onto the attached link: http://createarts.org.uk/

Darren Keogh walks for Myeloma UK

Darren (Mears, Supply Chain Manager, Manchester) completed the Mears Foundation walk on Friday 12th May 2017 to raise money for the charity Myeloma UK which is the only organisation in the UK focused on myeloma. They help myeloma patients live longer and with a better quality of life by accelerating the discovery and development and access to new treatments, while helping patients and their families cope with everything a diagnosis of myeloma brings. 

Darren raised a total of £720 for this worthwhile cause. 

Well done Darren!

Mears Foundation Suffolk Walk 1st June 2017

A great day had by all, weather was fantastic and all the walkers seemed to enjoy the scenic walk. 

Atmosphere was lively with plenty of banter along the way!   

All looking forward to the walk again next year. 

Thanks Trina Eagleton (Mears, Regional Director - East Region/MF Trustee) for the feedback.

Summer is here!!

What better way to enjoy the weather than walking in the sun with friends and colleagues. 

Walking is undoubtedly the best way to fully appreciate the full beauty of every season and it’s also a guaranteed way to lift the spirits. 

Good luck to our walkers in Suffolk today.

A great day had by all in Manchester..

A fabulous six churches circular walk today, in Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham. The weather was glorious with 25 Mears employees participating and two dogs, Blinksy and Roxy. 

After a nice lunch at the Rockingham Arms, the walk continued, taking in the views of the beautiful Wentworth House, a wood covered in lovely Blue Bells and across the fields to the home stretch. 

A great day had by all.

Breakfast at St John's, Hebburn !

Kevin Morrow, MF Trustee enjoyed a hearty breakfast with David the Vicar of St John's and Chris Wilson (Mears operative) last Saturday to thank them for raising £469.17 for the Mears Foundation.

The trustees would like to express our thanks to Chris, David and the parishioner’s for their support and generosity.

It's a beautiful day for a walk in the sun ….

The ideal way to enjoy the undulating landscape of Wallsend is to slip on your walking shoes and go outdoors.

It was a beautiful day for the walk with the sun shining in Newcastle.

Well done sponsored walkers!!

Good luck to our Wallsend walkers

Good luck to all of our walkers and a huge thanks to everyone who has donated and helped us raise money for the Mears Foundation and their chosen charity.

Our walkers will be following in the footsteps of Romans in Hadrian's Wall Country. A unique combination of centuries old history and a landscape that is idyllic. 

 Happy walking!

 

Children at Watcombe School read to older people as part of their Silver Stories. ..

Mears Care, Torbay are involved in a local scheme called Silver Listeners where children from a local school read to isolated clients over the phone.


Nikki Barnes contacted the Mears Foundation when the school budget for books was reduced.

The Mears Foundation were happy to support the purchase of new books.


The book delivery really put a smile on the Silver Listeners faces, they were over the moon!

Nigel was delighted to win the Ostrich egg...

I was surprised that I won the raffle, I enter quite a few but never win and was really pleased when it was announced that the Ostrich Egg was my prize.  I promptly gave this to my wife for Easter who was equally pleased, and yes she is going to share it with me, but we have not started it yet, with over 1kg of chocolate to get through it will last us a few days at least. 

Many thanks to the MF for organising the raffle with all donations going to worthy causes.

Thank you Nigel!

Enjoy the chocolates with your wife.

Happy Easter

The Trustees would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters. Your donations are always very much appreciated.
We wish you all a very happy Easter and a relaxing holiday.

Congratulations to our Easter raffle winners!

The Mears Foundation would like to congratulate Sarah Danneau and Nigel Parfitt  on winning our  Easter raffle competition!  

Family Easter Box - Sarah Danneau (Mears Hyde) 

Hotel Chocolat Ostrich Egg - Nigel Parfitt (Group SHE Dept) 

The prizes are on the way to the lucky winners…....Enjoy 

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter our Easter raffle, we have raised £1200.00 towards Mears Loneliness Projects. 

Look out for our next raffle soon!

So far this year we have donated to......

Venture Trust, Edinburgh

Clothing Solutions for the Disabled, West Yorkshire

BASIC (Brain and Spinal Injury Centre), Salford

We can make a difference to people’s lives across the world...

Glorious start to the spring walks

As the early spring sunshine gently light up the faces of the walkers they were all more then ready to embark on their 13 mile Water of Leith walk. Starting in Balerno and following the path of the old Balarno branch railway line to Colinton, which runs parallel to the river all the way to Leith. 

The walk way showcases some interesting points such as Colinton Village and Dell, the Union Canal, Murrayfield Stadium and many more on the way to Leith. showing it's beauty  through wildflowers and many dramatic trees and iconic ancient woodlands, that housed homes for various wildlife such as  heron, dippers and kingfishers, all viewed on the day side by side with inquisitive nesting doe's,  

All twenty-eight keen walkers from our Care, FM and Housing contract with 12 first year apprentices, all enjoyed the views and highlights on route, with an excellent lunch stop at the Murrayfield Bar, allowed us to refill and complete the walk in glorious Scottish sunshine.

Fabulous start to the Spring walks. 

Thank you for the feedback Gerry Malone, from Mears Wishaw

Good luck to everyone who is taking part in the Mears Foundation Spring walks 2017

Best foot forward to our Scottish walkers kicking off the 1st leg of the 2017 walks today.

Easter Raffle 2017

Back by popular demand is the Hotel Chocolat Ostrich Egg, all in all this comes to more than a kilo of chocolate! That’s plenty to share with all the family, but don't worry if you have not won the Ostrich egg there is also a Family
Easter box to enjoy.

Tickets on sale from Monday 27th March 2017.

Each single entry into the draw costs £1.

Make sure you enter the raffle before Friday 7th April 2017.

Good luck!

A Giant Thumbs up for Cbeebies land!

"The Mears Funday was a great day. The girls loved Cbeebies Land and the night experience of the Moon Voyage room. It was wonderful to see Mears people that you have not seen in a while. Overall, it was a lovely and enjoyable day"

 

Thanks for the highly valuable feedback, Ani Odjidja and family.

Spectacular day at Alton Towers had by all

What an absolutely brilliant and fun filled day, with record-breaking attendance.

 

Sincere thanks to everyone who made the Mears Funday such a great success.

 

A huge thank you to everyone who visited the Mears Foundation marquee, we really appreciate your support.


Weather Watch for Alton Towers..

Weather forecast details for Saturday 11 March 2017


There will be a fair amount of cloud on Saturday, though we will see brightness occasionally. Most places will remain dry though there may be rain in the north later.

Have a great time and make lots of wonderful memories


Travel safely... see you tomorrow.

Carbon Monoxide Monitors - Hop, Skip and Jump - Thank You Note

Thank you Mandi Colvin for your feedback.....

"They are a massive aid to our centres health and safety compliance.  We send you so many thanks - these will be distributed across our centres in the South West."

We were happy to support the health and safety initiative.

Many thanks again to Kate Blake, from Aico for supplying the CO alarms.

Alton Towers here we come!

With the Mears Funday fast approaching, we are busy at work making sure that this year’s event will be exciting, enjoyable and entertaining for all.


Alton Towers Theme Park, perfect for thrill seekers and families with Nemesis, CBeebies Land and many more rides, rollercoasters and attractions!

Come and visit us in the Mears Foundation marquee for your chance to win a fabulous prize with a spin on the tombola.

…….so don’t miss out on the fun!

A Safer World, one community at a time...

 

Making the world a safer place is not something we can do alone. 

Thanks to Kate Blake from Aico Ltd, for supporting the Mears Foundation with your donation of CO detector alarms for Hop, Skip and Jump.


Hop, Skip and Jump provide flexible and immediate respite care for children and young adults. They have centres in Bristol, Cheltenham, Swindon and Wigan, providing a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to engage and inspire children with disabilities and special educational needs


Aico, thank you once again for your donation. It means the world to us!

Dress Down Days Raise Money for Charity

The office team at Mears Home Group NE have been getting their hands in their pockets and casual attire on to raise money for the Mears Foundation. 

In the past 6 months the team has raised an impressive £282.00!

Many thanks to you all for raising such a fantastic amount with your Dress Down Days! 

Mears Foundation Walks Spring 2017

The arrival of spring feels like a small miracle.

Stepping out for a spring walk is a sure-fire spirit lifter and where better to start that in Edinburgh, Scotland.

We are incredibly fortunate to have some of the most beautiful walks in the country.

You can raise money for the Mears Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Put a spring in your step.

Register today!

Mears Foundation Walks 2017 donate today...

All fundraising and donations are greatly appreciated and help us to make a difference.


Please click on the below link if you would like to make a donation to any of the Mears Foundation Walks 2017.

https://mydonate.bt.com/events/walks2017/402450

Thank you for your continued support.

Signs Express Gloucester Donation

Thank you so much Darryl Lillie from Signs Express Gloucester for delivering your generous cheque for £1000.

The Mears Foundation relies on the generosity of donors such as your company and is grateful for your support.

Volunteer and make a difference in 2017!

2017 will be the 10th year that our Chairman Bob Holt will be running a volunteering programme in South Africa with his charity The Footprint Foundation.

The programme has supported the Zenzeleni Village Centre, a community based orphanage owned and managed by Lucia (Gogo) and her sister Lindi, which sleeps up to 40 children but in addition feeds up to 400 other children from nearby schools and villages on a daily basis. It also supports The Little Angels Childrens home and Masibambane Community Care and Support organisation.

Volunteers carry out tasks such as painting and decorating, hanging doors and general building maintenance; to mention but a few!

Many of our Trustees as well as staff from Mears Group have taken part in these projects over the years & 100% of the volunteers have said that they would want to return and that they found the experience both memorable and humbling


If you would like to find out more information or volunteer for 2017 click on the following link:-

http://www.thefootprintsfoundation.co.uk

The countdown is on to the Mears Group Family Fun Day!

Get ready for a great family day out!

Excitement is building for the Mears Group Family Fun Day and families looking for a fun filled day with exciting activities, entertainment galore and a great deal more it's the place to be.

This year the event is taking place at Alton Towers on Saturday 11th March.

There is something for kids of all ages and mums and dads who are big kids at heart! 

Look out for the Mears Foundation marquee ......don't miss the opportunity of joining us and winning a great prize with a spin on our famous tombola.  

Good luck!

Feel good, knowing you're helping the Mears Foundation.

Thanking you in advance for your support as we know it's going to be fabulous day.

Let's get fundraising!

Walk the Walk 2017

Each year volunteers walk with Bob Holt to raise money in support of Mears Foundation and various other charities.

This year the first leg of the walk starts in Scotland, with a 12.5 mile distance from Balerno to Leith, Edinburgh.
 
Start your training plan now and don your walking boots!
 
Let your feet do the walking .....Monday 27th March.

Mears Foundation Charity Walk in Scotland 27th March 2017

Put your best foot forward and join walkers in Scotland on Monday 27th March.

 

Thank you note received from the Salvation Army, Chatham Citadel

Thank you note received from the Salvation Army, Chatham Citadel.


We were happy to assist with the toy parcels and goodies for the children at Christmas.


Keep up the good work!

Update from the Mears Foundation meeting

Wow!  

What a start to the New Year, great things planned in the pipeline.

We would like to thank you all for your continued support, enthusiasm, dedication and passion that make the Mears Foundation charity such a success.

 

We had a very productive meeting today.

 

The trustees agreed a number of donations for needy causes.

We will continue to invest in the future of those who need it most.

We are already getting excited about 2017 and the up and coming events.

 

 

Southsea Court, Special Sheltered scheme receives sparkling new Christmas tree

Patricia has lived at Southsea Court for the last four years and was happy to admire the lovely new Christmas tree donated by the Mears Foundation.

She shares the views of the other tenants at Southsea Court, the decorations has created a very festive and snowy Christmassy scene for everyone to see on entering the dining room. 

Welcome 2017!

The fundraising never stops, without your help we simply would not be able to provide practical help and support vulnerable people.

We are committed to improve and provide support that changes peoples lives.