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Once again, this Christmas, Wilkes staff are sacking Secret Santa and swapping novelty mugs and reindeer antlers to buy toys for deprived children in the region in support of KidsOut’s Giving Tree Appeal 2019 – and are urging all Midlands businesses to get involved.

Rick Smyth, Corporate Partner at Wilkes and co-chair of KidsOut in the Midlands said “2018 was another great year for the Giving Tree Appeal. Employees in businesses up and down the country showed enormous generosity by sacking Secret Santa and collecting in excess of 43,000 toys and over £15,000 in donations instead.

Businesses in the Midlands region have always been fantastic advocates for the Giving Tree Appeal.  In 2018 the region was again top of the leader board for the third year running as the most generous region in the country.  We are determined to maintain that top spot.”

Gordon Moulds, CEO of KidsOut comments, “Christmas is an especially difficult time for families and children in crisis. Our aim is to ensure that every child in refuge has at least some joy at Christmas. The Giving Tree appeal is central to us being able to deliver on this goal.

“Employers and employees across the Midlands have been a major driving force behind the Giving Tree since the beginning. We hope that we will once again enjoy their support in 2019 – and help transform even more Christmases for refuged and underprivileged children who otherwise will get nothing. ”.  

It’s so simple to help. Sign up on the website for enough tags for you, your team or even your whole firm. Hang them on your office Xmas tree (or notice board) and people can take them and buy the toys. There are lots of local drop off points and Kids Out do the rest. Easy – yet life changing. What’s not to like?

To sign up go to: – http://www.kidsout.org.uk/how-companies-can-help/giving-tree/

You can also contact the KidsOut Fundraising team on 01525 243215 to arrange for a delivery of tags, or to make a donation directly on the website.

Wilkes has set itself an ambitious target of raising £10,000 in the next 12 months for Acorns Children’s Hospice, our chosen charity for the year.

Ann-Marie Aston, Partner and Head of CSR at Wilkes, said: “It is fantastic to have the opportunity to work with Acorns Children’s Hospice as our charity of the year. Myself and the rest of the CSR team are busy putting the finishing touches to a busy schedule of fund-raising activities over the next 12 months!”

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care to babies, children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions across Birmingham and the Midlands, as well as support for their families.

It costs £27,000 per day to provide Acorns care and services and the charity relies heavily on local businesses and the community to fund the majority of this amount. In the past year, the charity has cared for more than 780 children and supported over 1,220 families, including those who are bereaved. Funds raised by Wilkes will go towards helping the hospice staff with this vital care.

Vicki Rowles, Head of Partnership Fundraising at Acorns Children’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted that The Wilkes Partnership has chosen Acorns as its charity of the year. We simply wouldn’t be here as a charity without the support of local businesses like The Wilkes Partnership and the community.”

“Its support will help us continue our work to caring for children and families. We look forward to supporting Wilkes with its fundraising efforts over the next year and developing what I’m sure will be a great partnership.”

To find out more about how you can support Acorns, visit: www.acorns.org.uk/support.

Wilkes are pleased to announce that following a recent staff vote for our charity of the year the winner is Acorns Children’s Hospice with just under 50% of the vote!

Vicki Rowles, Head of Partnership Fundraising at Acorns Children’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted that The Wilkes Partnership have chosen Acorns as its charity of the year. We simply wouldn’t be here as a charity without the support of local businesses like The Wilkes Partnership and the community.

“Their support will help us continue our work to caring for children and families. We look forward to supporting Wilkes with their fundraising efforts over the next year and developing what I’m sure will be a great partnership.”

Ann-Marie Aston, Partner and Head of CSR at Wilkes, said: “It is fantastic to have the opportunity to work with Acorns Children’s Hospice as our charity of the year. Myself and the rest of the CSR team are busy putting the finishing touches to a busy schedule of fund raising activities over the next 12 months!”

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care to babies, children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions across Birmingham and the Midlands, as well as support for their family.

In the past year, the charity has cared for more than 780 children and supported over 1,220 families, including those who are bereaved.

It costs £27,000 per day to provide Acorns care and services and the charity relies heavily on local businesses and the community to fund the majority of this amount.

To find out more about how you can support Acorns, visit: www.acorns.org.uk/support

 

We are delighted to announce that we have agreed a sponsorship deal with Solihull Swimming & Water Polo Club.

Ann-Marie Aston, Partner at Wilkes said “The SSC, which is currently in its 56th year as a competitive entity offers a fantastic community environment to over 600 members from in and around Solihull. We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to support them in their efforts.”

As part of the sponsorship Wilkes have provided new swimming kit such as branded t-shirts for all volunteers and coaching staff.

Pictured is Chair Nick Pemberton and Head Coach Ben Stanford, along with Anne Marie Aston from Wilkes Partnership Solicitors .

You can find out more about Solihull Swimming Club on their website here.

Once again this Xmas, Wilkes staff are swapping novelty mugs and reindeer antlers to buy real toys for deprived children in the region – and are urging all Midlands firms to join in.

Rick Smyth, Corporate Partner at Wilkes and co-chair of KidsOut in the Midlands said “In 2017, Midlands companies generated the lion’s share of the 41,000 toys bought nationally as part of the Giving Tree appeal. That is something we, as a region, should be immensely proud of. We hope everyone will sign up their team or firm this year – and help “turn some frowns upside down.””

Gordon Moulds, CEO of KidsOut comments, “Our aim is to ensure that every child in refuge has at least some joy at Christmas, especially during a time of crisis. The Giving Tree appeal is central to us being able to deliver on this goal”. 

Rick added ”It’s so simple to help. Sign up on the website for enough tags for you, your team or even your whole firm. Hang them on your office Xmas tree (or notice board) and people can take them and buy the toys. There are lots of local drop off points and Kids Out do the rest. Easy – yet life changing. What’s not to like?”

To sign up go to: – http://www.kidsout.org.uk/how-companies-can-help/giving-tree/

You can also contact the KidsOut Fundraising team on 01525 243215 to arrange for a delivery of tags, or to make a donation directly.

The Wilkes CSR Team in conjunction with Lloyds Bank have raised in excess of £1000 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity with their latest fundraising event.

Local businesses Chung Ying Central, Yakinori and Zen Metro, alongside members of staff from Wilkes and Lloyds provided a fantastic selection of food from all around the world for staff and guests to indulge in.

The International Food Market was hosted at our Church Street office with deliveries also being made to our Solihull branch and Carvers offices in Hodgehill.

Partner & Head of CSR at Wilkes Tim Coplestone said “This year we asked Lloyds to join our annual food festival to help us with the final push towards our fundraising target and also to help us to promote the fantastic work that BCH on a local, national and international level. We were also delighted that Chung Ying, Yakinori and Zen Metro offered their support to help us make this event more of a success”.

In the run up to Christmas the Wilkes CSR Team will be busy with various initiatives such as, raffling off a days holiday to staff, Christmas jumper day and various fundraising events at the firms Christmas party.

For more information about our CSR Team and how you can get involved please contact Tim Coplestone on tcoplestone@wilkes.co.uk

The CSR team at Wilkes have brought together a selection of local organisations to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity during the festive season. The team worked in partnership with the Finnish Embassy to arrange for the real Finnish Santa Claus to visit the hospital to hand over the donation, alongside gifts for staff and patients.

Together, volunteers from The Wilkes Partnership and fundraising activities from Fiskars, tailors Clements & Church and the Birmingham Lord Mayor’s Charity have raised more than £1,300.

Tim Coplestone, Partner and head of CSR at The Wilkes Partnership, comments: “As The Wilkes Partnership’s chosen charity, we wanted to end 2016 with something that shows Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity just how much it means to us, especially at a time of year when many families with sick children aren’t able to have a proper Christmas at home. Using our close links with the Finnish Embassy in Birmingham, we arranged for Birmingham Children’s Hospital to be top of Father Christmas’ list as part of his one-day visit to Birmingham from his home town of Rovaniemi, Lapland – and also coordinated other local organisations that were keen to give something back to the hospital.”

As well as visiting the children’s hospital, Santa’s day in Birmingham included visits to Birmingham’s Christmas markets, a children’s party at the Council House hosted by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and a selection of local businesses.

Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, adds: “The visit from the real Father Christmas gave our fundraising team a real boost during what is always a busy time for us. Charitable donations are key to making sure that the hospital continues to be a centre of excellence, and help to make a real difference to the lives of its patients and families.”

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a leading UK specialist paediatric centre, offering expert care to 90,000 children and young people from across the country every year. The award-winning, world-renowned hospital has a 3,700-strong team with a reputation for excellence in many life-changing specialist services, including the treatment of the most complex heart conditions, chronic liver and kidney disease, cancer, serious burns, epilepsy, neurology and cystic fibrosis. It’s also home to Europe’s largest single site paediatric intensive care unit, a 24-hour accident and emergency service, regional major trauma centre and revolutionary new mental health service for 0-25 year olds.

To find out more about Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, go to www.bch.org.uk

Birmingham residents can get into the spirit of Christmas early and meet the real Finnish Santa Claus on Friday 2 December. Organised by the Finnish embassy in conjunction with Wilkes, Father Christmas is making the trip from his home in Rovaniemi, Lapland to visit Birmingham for one day only.

Members of the public are invited to come along to Birmingham’s Christmas Markets between 3pm and 5pm on Friday to meet Santa, take a picture with him and receive a hand-written Christmas card from the man himself.

Our elves will also be raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital throughout the day, so please dig deep and help us support this fantastic local charity.

In addition to visiting the Christmas market, Santa’s day in Birmingham will also include visits to the Children’s Hospital as well as a children’s party at the Council House hosted by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and a selection of local businesses.

All enquiries to rreid@wilkes.co.uk

Once again The Wilkes Partnership is ditching “Secret Santa” this Christmas to buy Christmas presents for children affected by domestic violence in refuges in the region – and is urging its business clients to do the same.

The firm has teamed up with the charity KidsOut, who focus on giving vulnerable children fun and happiness through positive experiences.

Tim Coplestone, Head of CSR at the firm explains how it works:It’s a very simple idea, KidsOut send us a pack of present requests on Christmas gift tags and our staff then take the tags and purchase the presents. The firm delivers them to a central collection point in Birmingham and KidsOut gets them to the kids. Easy!”

Gordon Moulds, CEO of KidsOut comments, “Most of the children at crisis centres leave home with only the clothes on their back. They’re in there with nothing, at a time of year when more fortunate children are inundated with gifts from relatives and friends. Our aim is to ensure that every child in refuge has at least some joy at Christmas, especially during a time of crisis. The Giving Tree Scheme is central to us being able to deliver on this goal”

Rick Smyth, corporate partner at the firm and co-chair of KidsOut in the Midlands saidWe have run the Giving Tree scheme at Wilkes for the last three years, and it has proved immensely popular with staff and clients alike. In 2014 KidsOut managed 4,000 toys nationally. Due to the tremendous support of companies across the country – many of whom are Wilkes clients – last year we increased that figure to over 25,000. This year we hope to do even better”.

Gordon Moulds, added: “We are delighted The Wilkes Partnership has decided once again to support us, and are again encouraging their clients to get involved too.”

Running through November and December, the 2016 KidsOut Giving Tree appeal is now open for registration. Businesses, teams, organisations and individuals can take part by visiting kidsoutgivingtree.org.uk or contacting the KidsOut Fundraising team on 01525 243215 to arrange for a delivery of tags, or to make a donation directly.

 

We are delighted to announce that we will be lending support to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, after selecting the hospital as our chosen charity for the next 12 months.

We will undertake a packed fundraising programme of events to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, which will see staff participating in regular activities in support of the hospital. The events will kick off with a ‘Bandage Day’ in August, which will see staff raise sponsorship money by bandaging themselves up during a working day as part of the hospital’s The Big Bandage campaign.

Tim Coplestone, partner and head of CSR at The Wilkes Partnership, comments: “Birmingham Children’s Hospital has an excellent reputation not just in the UK, but around the world. However, charitable donations are key to making sure that the hospital continues to be a centre of excellence, and volunteers’ time helps to make a real difference to the lives of their patients and families. At The Wilkes Partnership we’ve got an enthusiastic staff, who’ve got some great fundraising ideas and are up for the challenge of raising both money and awareness in support of the hospital, as well as sharing their time to help make a positive patient experience.”

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a leading UK specialist paediatric centre, offering expert care to 90,000 children and young people from across the country every year. The award-winning, world-renowned hospital has a 3,700-strong team with a reputation for excellence in many life-changing specialist services, including the treatment of the most complex heart conditions, chronic liver and kidney disease, cancer, serious burns, epilepsy, neurology and cystic fibrosis. It’s also home to Europe’s largest single site paediatric intensive care unit, a 24-hour accident and emergency service, regional major trauma centre and revolutionary new mental health service for 0-25 year olds.

To find out more about Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, go to www.bch.org.uk.