We have been Sydney Mitchell’s Charity of the Year since 2018.
The local solicitors have hosted two Golf Days (the most recent in June 2022) and two Smartphone Quizzes, as well as sponsoring some of our tshirts.
In 2019 Sydney Mitchell hosted a Charity Ball which raised an incredible £10,000, which was split between us and their other chosen charity, The Buddy Bag Foundation.
Also in 2019, four colleagues who called themselves the ‘Peaky Climbers’ (pictured), completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, raising over £1500, which was also split between the two charities. In 2022, two colleagues also completed the Great Birmingham Run, raising £355 for Age UK Solihull.
Throughout the partnership, Sydney Mitchell employees have also supported our own Smartphone Quiz Nights and taken part in Slip Into Slippers to raise even more funds for us.
We were also chosen as the Charity of the Year 2020/21 for QS Davisons. The Solicitors' firm has supported our Christmas raffle and chocolate bouquets, as well as raising over £7,000 for us with their own fundraising activities.
We have two mutually-beneficial partnerships with local businesses where they will donate to Age UK Solihull if customers mention us when purchasing from them.
Other recent corporate support
Countryside Properites have sponsored the installation of a charging point for our electric vehicle, which will be soon be launched.
Morgan Parkes Recruitment Ltd
This local recruitment company has supported us for several years by collecting over 1,000 Christmas gifts for us to give to our clients. Morgan Parkes have also part-sponsored one of our client Christmas Parties and supported our Charity Ball in the past.
The Wilkes Partnership
This local solicitors' firm has offered us lots of support, including sponsoring our PSI bags, having a team at our Smartphone Quiz, and one of their colleagues completed the Great Birmingham Run for us.
Barclays have put teams in at several of our Quiz Nights, and they have also doubled our profit by offering matched funding for the events.
For several years, Asda Community Foundation has given £500 to help pay for our social clubs' Christmas lunches. Asda also awarded another £500 to enable us to buy MiFi boxes to help people get online at home.
Our relationship with National Grid began when they hosted a Christmas Party at their offices for our clients in 2019. Since then, the team has provided incredible support, including an online fundraiser, donations of food parcels and PPE during the coronavirus pandemic, a £1,500 donation to fund 10 tablets for our Digital Champions project, and over 2,700 welfare calls to older people carried out by a group of employees.
Past corporate support
Past Charity of the Year partnerships
Birmingham Business Park
We were chosen as Birmingham Business Park's Charity Partner for 2019/20, and due to limitations brought about by the coronavirus outbreak, our partnership was extended until the end of 2021.
This infographic shows just some of the support we received from the business park from the beginning of the partnership until April 2021.
After that, the business park also sponsored some t-shirts for us, collected more Christmas gifts for our clients and raised over £300 with a Comedy Fundraiser and Christmas Wreath Making Workshop.
Knowle & Dorridge Ladies Circle
We were chosen by Knowle & Dorridge Ladies Circle Chair 2020/21, Jos Wolf, as her charity to support during her year as Chair. Our partnership commenced just as the coronavirus pandemic began, so fundraising opportunities were limited, but the group still managed to raise an incredible £3,940. We are so grateful for their support during such a challenging year, and we hope to be able to get together for a photo soon!
Olton Golf Club
In 2018, we were chosen by Olton Golf Club’s Captain, Moray Hulme, as his charity to support during his time in position. Thanks to the generosity of its members, the club raised an impressive £8,050 over the year. Our CEO, Anne Hastings, and Fundraising Manager, Lorraine Hart, went along to the club to be presented with the cheque (right). Moray said, “The members were delighted with my chosen charity and consistently supported events throughout the year. We know that the funds raised will benefit local people, and it was a pleasure to support such a great charity.”
Data Service Provider for Britain’s gas market, Xoserve, raised a fantastic £2,341 during our Charity of the Year partnership. The money has been spent on two new self-help PCs for our South Solihull Community Advice Hub. Rather than relying on an advisor to complete online forms on their behalf, people who access the Hub for information and advice are empowered to help themselves using the touchscreen PCs, with the help of a trained Age UK Solihull volunteer.
The team at Xoserve continued fundraising for us even after our year as their official Charity of the Year was over. In In October - December 2019 they raised £225 from a Halloween Bake Off, a further £54 from their chocolate bouquet, and an astonishing £1,008 from their Christmas Raffle. We are extremely grateful for their continued support.
Coventry Building Society
We’d also like to thank Coventry Building Society, Solihull branch, for having us as their Charity of the Year from 2015-2018. Throughout our partnership a total of £3,823.75 was raised, and we are very grateful for their support over the three years.
Other Previous Corporate Support
John Lewis Solihull
We have had lots of support from John Lewis over the years.
We held a Fashion Show at the store in 2016 and 2017.
We partnered with John Lewis Solihull for our Christmas campaign 2015. Their seasonal advert inspired Solihull residents to volunteer with us to become involved .
They made a generous donation to us so that we could hold a Christmas party for our clients and have helped us raise our profile through a presence in the store.
They have also previously been inolved in our Winter Warmth campaigns, completed a virtual bike ride, provided raffle prizes and donated wool for our Big Knit campaign in helping alleviate loneliness in older people.
This cafe/bar on Solihull High Street offered a biscuit for 20p with every hot drink purchased in December 2019/January 2020, and kindly donated the proceeds to us.
They raised a fantastic £98.80 from the initiative.
This local taxi firm pledged to donate £1 for every person who downloaded their app during December 2019, and they reached their target donation of £250!
Couch Perry Wilkes
This environmental building services company chose us as their Charity of the Month for October 2019, and raised a brilliant £207.26 from dress down days.
A2B Radio Cars
A2B have provided transport for our clients to and from various events including our Christmas lunches and an Easter basket making workshop at Birmingham Business Park.
St Johns Hotel
St Johns sponsored all five of our Charity Balls and each time, we worked in conjunction with Solihull Sustain, raising a huge total of £90,000 over six years.
Solihull Taxi Cabs
This taxi firm sponsored our ticket printing for our 'Rio Carnival' Charity Ball 2016.
They played old film reels at an afternoon tea for our clients, and they also played old Hollywood film reels for our 'Hooray for Hollywood!' Charity Ball in July 2017.
Solihull Moors Football Club
We held two client Christmas lunches and three Speed Quiz Nights at the football club.
We would like to thank all our partners, past and present, for supporting us.
Want to know more?
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