It is essential for us, as a company, to support and raise awareness for charities that are aiding great causes. We believe giving back and supporting others is something everyone should take part in, and so, as part of our pledge to support this, we donate a percentage of our revenues every month to great causes. We have recently supported The Toy House in Urmston, Bone Cancer Research Trust, and Francis House Didsbury to name a few. We also give every member of our team one paid day off per year to volunteer for a charity of their choice.
We were recently put forward and chosen for the FedEx x Europa League Community Award. The prize was delivered by none other than former England striker and football legend Michael Owen.
Michael was kind enough to visit our setting at Urmston Primary School and catch up with our co-founder Ryan about the work we do at the school and in the community.
This was a joint effort from the fantastic team we have down at the school, who all played a massive role in the work we have done in the community in the last 12 months. Our team certainly are the greatest asset we have, and individually, they each embody the culture we have created within the company.
Please keep your eyes on our social media for more information on when the event will be aired. We may also have a signed shirt giveaway in the next few months!
In association with Bone Cancer Research Trust and to support Jude’s fund, our co-founder, Ryan, took part in the ‘2000 Burpees in November Challenge’ and managed to rise £380.
Swipe to see him and co-founder, Sophie, in action at some of Manchester’s famous landmarks. Including a 20-burpee competition with a local fireman.
Having heard about Jude’s story through one of our partner schools, Urmston Primary School, Ryan felt the urge to support the cause in any way possible.
You can read more about Jude’s fund here – https://www.bcrt.org.uk/get-involved/tribute-funds/bemorejude
The Toy House is an independent charity we work closely with. At Christmas, we contributed 10 hamper boxes for some of the families they support. The work The Toy House has done over the last 40 years has been amazing and we hope to continue supporting them in any way we can.
In our School of Play Christmas Carol Show all the children certainly ‘Sparkled and Shined’ in their amazing performance and we were so happy with their dedication and enthusiasm towards the rehearsals, the setup and the singing!
Due to the circumstances, Christmas shows and Nativity’s were, of course, cancelled or held a little differently this year and that is why at School of Play, we wanted to provide a show that encapsulates all the same festive feelings and creates memorable moments for the children and parents alike.
From ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’ to ‘Last Christmas’, the children did not fall short on their singing abilities. As well as this many of the group became a small production team and we felt it was important to assign them roles such as ‘lighting designer’, ‘set designer’, ‘director’ and much more.
The children thrived in their assigned roles and the whole show came together perfectly.
We managed to raise nearly £100 from selling hot drinks and snacks to the parents in attendance, and we used that money to go towards gifts that we delivered to children’s hospice Francis House in Didsbury on Christmas Eve.
During the October half-term, and following the government’s decision not to offer free school meals to children, a local restaurant in Urmston ran a fantastic initiative providing school meals to any local children in need. To support the cause, we donated PE packs to be handed out to the children that came into the restaurant.