News - 2019

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

As we await to turn a new auspicious page of our lives in 2020, we will all step into a new life of hopes, dreams and ambitions.

It's your kind donations of time and money that make the Mears Foundation possible and we're grateful for any support you can give.

​Together we're making a difference, one day at a time...


What Good Shall We Do in 2020?

We are fast approaching 2020, which is a scary thought; I’m sure you’ll agree that this past year has absolutely flown by!

In 2020 lets spread kindness like it's confetti ....

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.

Caring is Sharing .....

In the past  few months we have supported the following charities:
Action for M.E. 500.00
Active Hope 250.00
Angling 4 Success 500.00
Brainwave 250.00
Butterfly Trust 250.00
Homeless Support Project 500.00
NARA The Breathing Company 500.00
Playschule 250.00
Young Bristol 678.00

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

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

Tis the Season for Spreading Christmas Cheer !

AGE UK CHRISTMAS LUNCH –  annual Christmas Lunch was held on 12th December with 12 lunches being served to the guests of Age UK. The guests attended the Age UK Carol Service at the Clifton Methodist Church before moving into the church hall to be served a 2 course traditional lunch by our team of volunteers. The food was provided through funding from Mears Foundation and was cooked and prepared by volunteers from our team including office staff, operatives and managers. The lunch was followed by an entertainer and a raffle with some of our volunteers dancing with the guests. Once again, an excellent day was had by guests and volunteers alike.
LIGHTHOUSE HOMES – SOUP & SANDWICHES – as part of our annual Christmas event, our team prepared homemade soup and sandwiches and delivered them to the Lighthouse Homes homeless shelter in Rotherham for their clients.
SHILOH – SOUP – approximately 70 portions of soup were made by our team and delivered to Shiloh for them to freeze and use as required. This annual donation was made possible by the financial donation from The Mears Foundation.
SAFE-HAVEN – SOUP – a quantity of homemade soup equivalent to approximately 70 portions was collected by representatives from Safe-Haven from our Christmas kitchen along with a quantity of bread donated by the School of Artisan Food. This soup and bread was used by their outreach team to support the needy people of Rotherham through the nights of Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. This donation was made possible through the financial grant from The Mears Foundation.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ...

The practice of giving gifts during Christmastide, according to Christian tradition, is symbolic of the presentation of the gifts by the Three Wise Men to the infant Jesus.

Jake Gammack MF raffle prize winner received his Christmas present early this year.
Jake commented “Always happy to support good causes, especially during this time of year. Very surprised and grateful to have won!”

With the Christmas season lasting twelve days according to the liturgical calendars of many Christian Churches, a gift is given for each of the twelve days of Christmastide in some cultures,

Enjoy the Kindle Jake.





Charitable Giving at Christmas

Christmas is a time of giving. We give all sorts of things at Christmas: we give our loved ones presents under the Christmas tree.
We give Christmas greetings to our neighbours and to our friends, and we give smiles to strangers. Christmas is indeed a very special time of year.

But there is another kind of giving that we also do, and not just at Christmas time but throughout the year. This kind of giving is directed to people less fortunate than ourselves.

A special thanks to all those who support us – what a help you have been this year!

The Trustees wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2020.

MF Raffle Winner Celebrate Their Good Luck !

Christmas has come early for our lucky raffle winners who have received their prizes today..

Happy Shopping Cherie Waddingham!

Congratulations to our lucky raffle winners

Congratulations to our lucky raffle winners!

Matthew Cochrane   Coatbridge Branch Harrods Christmas Hamper
Jake Gammack Thurrock Branch Kindle Fire HD 8GB Tablet
Cherie waddingham Birmingham Branch £100 Argos Voucher


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!

Season's Greetings

At this special time of year we want to take a moment to thank you for your dedication and continued support to the Mears Foundation.

We wish you abundance, happiness, health and peace in 2020.

Merry Christmas! 

There is still time to enter the MF raffle...

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!


Mears employee's only

International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism.

It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organisations, to raise awareness of, and gain understanding for, the contribution they make to their communities.


Our MF Christmas raffle is now open!

Our Christmas Raffle is now open, with three amazing prizes up for grabs!!

Click onto the below link to enter:-


Good luck !

MF Christmas raffle 2019

Christmas Raffle 2019 starts Monday 2nd December

Give yourself the chance to win an amazing prize..


Good luck everyone!


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......

Can you hear Jingle bells?

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.

Thank You Team 2019!

Thank you to all who have contributed to Project SA 2019.

Our volunteers worked selflessly, dedicating their time to addressing what matter's most and making  life better in South African communities.

Volunteering can be one of the most fulfilling things you can do with your time. As well as making a real difference.

If you would like to apply to be part of project 2020 or require further information please

Countdown to the MF Christmas Raffle 2019 !

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.

Give a little more..

Only 77 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!

Do you want to Volunteer in Africa 2020 ?

If you are looking to volunteer for 1 week in South Africa in 2020 and make a real difference.

To apply and for further information please e-mail:-

All of your time and effort will contribute to long-term sustainable projects and you can leave with a real sense of achievement

Week 1 - Project South Africa

A fantastic first week by the group of volunteers. They transformed 2 green metal containers welded together into the most incredible medical centre. Everybody should be so proud for this to reduce the health risks in the Meriteng Camp. 

Onwards to week 2 with the eye test program.

All the Fun at Blair Drummond!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Fun Day and all those who  visited the Mears Foundation stand.

We hope you had fun, and we look forward to seeing you next year!


Good luck team!

Good luck to our Project  South Africa 2019 volunteer's busy fund raising to reach their targets.

Volunteering can have a real and valuable positive affect on people, communities and society in general. 

Through volunteering you can challenge yourself to try something different, achieve personal goals, practice using your skills and discover hidden talents.

If you think you might like to be a volunteer yourself and would like more information please email:

Are we there yet !!!!

The countdown is well and truly on for the return to the Mears Fun days

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 2019 fun day's promising to be bigger and better!

Let's have fun and make memories.

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Competition winner ...

Nicola Robertson, from Mears Care Alloa with her voucher -  her prize included :-
One-night stay for two people • Full English breakfast • Access to Living Well Health club – pool, sauna & steam rooms *if available

Well done Nicola!

Made My Day!!!!!

What better way to start the new week!!

Nicola's response to winning the MF Summer raffle ....

"I cannot believe I have won this it definitely made my Monday morning seeing this email a night away is just what I am needing right now"

You are very welcome Nicola and thank you for your support.


Congratulations to the winner !!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered our summer raffle competition.

The lucky winner is Nicola Robertson from Mears Care(Scotland) Limited. (Alva branch)

Enjoy your overnight stay at Doubletree Nicola !

Last few days to enter !

Last few days to enter our summer raffle competition to win a 1 night stay for 2 at a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel including breakfast.

To buy the tickets:

Visit the Mears Foundation (click on view raffle prize on the raffle page)

*The cost of tickets purchased will be deducted from your pay

Good luck!

Beat the heat: stay safe in hot weather

The heat can affect anyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harm. Remember to think of those who may be more at risk from the effects of heat

Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and do not go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.

Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water 

Registrations are open for our annual Funday

Registrations are open for our annual Funday – a big thank you to everyone who has registered so far!


Our annual Fun Day is organised as a MASSIVE thank you from the Executive team for all the hard work you do each and every day. 

Don't delay - register today!

Summer Raffle is now open!

Win a chance to relax, unwind & recharge with a 1 night stay for 2 at a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel including breakfast.

Visit the Mears Foundation website to purchase your tickets:

Tickets are only £2 and you can buy as many as you like to increase your chances of winning! *The cost of tickets purchased will be deducted from your pay.

Dates: 15th - 26th July *draw 26th July Don’t miss out on this fabulous treat! you have to be in it to win it !

Good luck !

Save the date !


Entering the Summer Raffle couldn’t be easier!

Each entry costs just £2 - all you need to do is click on the following link to play :-

The closing date is 26th July.

Thank you so much for your support and good luck in the draw!

Mears empolyees only

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.

Heartfelt gratitude & appreciation to everyone who took part in the MF 2019 walks

A huge thanks to all our MF walkers 2019 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...


The countdown with inclusive family fun to Drayton Manor has begun.

Build up the excitement for a great day, we have lots of fun activities planned for all the family!

Join the Mears Foundation team for a fantastic jamboree with a spin on the tombola.

Create fun family memories at Drayton Manor Park.

Our annual Fun Day is organised as a MASSIVE thank you from the Executive team for all the hard work you do each and every day. 

If you haven’t registered yet, don’t worry, you still have time.

Stay Safe in the Sizzling Heatwave..

It's that time of year again when the mass summer holiday exodus begins.
As we experience more extreme temperatures please keep an eye on your older neighbours to make sure they are happy, healthy and have everything they need during a heatwave.

Keep cool, stay safe

Follow some of these tips for older people and your families to make sure you keep cool and stay safe during a heatwave.

· Stay hydrated by drinking cool drinks such as water or soft drinks. Try to avoid hot drinks such as tea or coffee.

· Stay indoors during the hottest part of the day, which is typically between 11am and 3pm.
· Keep cool by splashing yourself with water throughout the day, or even have a cold bath or shower.
· Make rooms in the house as cool as possible by closing blinds and curtains to keep the sun out and only open windows when it is cool enough outside to do so.
· Find the coolest room in the house and spend time there if you need to.
· Keep an eye on weather forecasts for what the temperature will be and make plans accordingly

Happy holidays from the MF team.

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75th anniversary of the D-Day

The memory lives on! 6th June 2019 marks the start of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy and with it, a momentous occasion to celebrate peace, liberty and reconciliation.


Lewis Laws runs the marathon

We would like to extend a great big thank you to Lewis for his dedication and enthusiasm on completing the London Marathon in 4.03 yesterday.

Once again thank you for choosing to support Mears Foundation.

Best of luck to our runner taking part in the London Marathon

We'd like to wish  our London Marathon runner - Lewis Laws the very best of luck for the event this Sunday - we'll keep our fingers crossed for the right conditions for you.

Thank you for your support.

The Eggcelent Easter Raffle Winner

Well done to our Easter raffle winners!

David Waddle won the lovely scrumptious Easter box and was delighted to share the contents with his family.

David is an avid MF supporter and has attended several family fun days in Scotland and in England, and also took part in Project South Africa 2015.

Well done everyone and thank you for your cracking support.

The heart of the Easter message is giving to others....

In an age of austerity, it's more important than ever to volunteer.

Easter, is a time when we should think about the ways that we can help the less fortunate. There is plenty for us to do.

We can volunteer to do charity work and give generously to worthy organisations. But all of us can easily become too distracted by the detail of our own lives and forget about the extraordinary problems facing other people.

It could  be something as simple yet priceless as picking up the telephone and speaking to someone who has not spoken to anyone else for a very long time.

We wish you and your loved ones a blessed and peaceful Easter holiday.

Congratulations to our lucky Easter raffle winners!

Our hearty congratulations to our prize winners…

Dee Brownjohn - The Ostrich Egg by Hotel Chocolat - Brighton Branch

David Waddell  - The Family Easter Box - North Lanarkshire Branch

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in our Easter raffle. Your support is vitally important and greatly appreciated.

Happy Easter!

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.

Mears Foundation Easter raffle coming soon...

The Mears Foundation Easter raffle is fast approaching!

Tickets will be £1 each with some exciting prizes up for grabs!

More information will be coming soon.

Mears Foundation Spring Walk 2019

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

Start your training plan now and don your walking boots!
Let your feet do the walking .....

Mears Foundation Spring Walks 2019

Stepping out for a Spring walk is a sure-fire spirit lifter and where better to start than in participating in the Mears Foundation 2019 walks.

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.

*details coming soon...


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What's Next for 2019 ?

Keep your eyes peeled you will be receiving more information soon.......

Mears Foundation Spring Walks


Mears Fun Day's

Giving for Change update


Happy New Year !

We hope you all had a good break and are looking forward to an exciting New Year ahead with tons of energy and optimism!


It’s the time to be thankful for the blessings of the past year and to take stock of all your achievements.

The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. If we can help a charity/project which will benefit the community or provide practical help and support to vulnerable people we may be able to help write that story.

All you have to do is submit a grant proposal to the Mears Foundation. The trustees will look at the criteria and then make a decision.


There are greater things to be achieved in every New Year and each and everyone has a part in reaching their goal.


Happy New Year!