The Brackley branch of the lift company Stannah Lift Services Ltd, has pledged to raise up to £7,500 to support the work of Spurgeons Children’s Charity, as part of a partnership to mark both their 150th anniversaries.
Stannah’s Brackley branch is aiming to raise a minimum of £3,000 in seven months to support Spurgeons work with vulnerable children and families across the country. The total could top £7,500 with a pledge from Stannah to match funds raised by 150 per cent.
Money raised will go to support Spurgeons work with over 1,500 young carers, including many as young as six who care for parents or siblings. It will also benefit girls who are at risk of being drawn into a culture of gang violence and exploitation.
A series of fundraising events are being planned by Brackley staff, including a family fun day with an auction and raffle. Staff will also be selling cakes and bacon baps, amongst various other activities in their Brackley Branch.
Stannah hold 11 branches nationwide, with the Brackley branch looking after Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Berkshire.
Spurgeons Chief Executive Ross Hendry said: “It’s fantastic to know that so many of Stannah’s staff will be supporting us by holding fundraising events. Our shared anniversary adds an extra and unique dimension to our partnership and will enable us to extend our work delivering hope to children and families across the country”.
Stannah Branch Manager, Kes Wycherley said: “We are delighted to be fundraising in our region of the UK for a brilliant locally based charity, Spurgeons. This is a very special year for us all – both celebrating our 150th anniversaries.
“We are most grateful to the Stannah family, who still drive the company forward, for their offer of 150 per cent match funding – we’re determined to exceed everyone’s expectations!”
Baptist minister Charles Haddon Spurgeon responded to the poverty in Victorian England in 1867, by founding a boy’s orphanage In Stockwell, London. Joseph Stannah started his business in London in the same year, making cranes and hoists to move goods around the bustling docks of the industrial revolution. Whilst Stannah are known for their famous stair lift, their roots began in the industrial side of the business and they continue to spread the word that they provide service and maintenance for all types of lifts and manufactures nationwide.
Stannah has grown to be the UK’s leading independent supplier of lift products and is still family run by the fifth generation of Joseph’s descendants. They are very proud to be able to say they can service and maintain any type and any manufacture of lift, enabling them to increase their ever growing portfolio. Whilst Spurgeons is now a leading children’s charity, with services across the country that enable families and children access the help they need for a better future.