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Liz Allister from Birmingham Business Park with Lorraine and Becky from the Fundraising team at the beginning of our partnership

We are lucky to have had some fantastic support from local organisations. Read about the various ways we have partnered with businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Charity of the Year

We are currently the Charity of the Year for two local businesses.

Birmingham Business Park

Birmingham Business Park chose us as their Charity Partner for 2019 and 2020, and, as several activities have had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re delighted that they have decided to extend the partnership for a third year. So far, they have collected Easter eggs for our clients from businesses based on the park, they hosted an Easter-basket making workshop, a festive-wreath making workshop and a Christmas Carol event with some of our clients, they have allocated us two of their new allotments on the site for older people to tend (pictured), they raised £2,000 with a Smartphone Quiz,and they have also invited us to come and promote the charity and collect donations at events on site. The next event in collaboration with the Business Park is our Online Quiz Night on Thursday 11 June.

Book tickets for our Online Quiz Night

Sydney Mitchell

We are also currently Sydney Mitchell’s Charity of the Year. The local solicitors have hosted a golf day and two Smartphone Quizzes, sponsored our tshirts, and four colleagues who called themselves the ‘Peaky Climbers’ (pictured), completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, raising over £1500, which was split between us and their other chosen charity, The Buddy Bag Foundation. Sydney Mitchell also came along to our Smartphone Quiz Nights, took part in Slip Into Slippers and, to round off 2019 they hosted a Charity Ball which raised an incredible £10,000, to be split between the two charities.

Read about Sydney Mitchell's Charity Ball 2019.

Past Charity of the Year partnerships

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.

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.

If you are considering choosing us as your Charity of the Year and would like any further information, please call us on 0121 704 7842 for a chat, or email events@ageuksolihull.org.uk.

Brand partnerships

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

  • Paramo Lounge

    This cafe/bar on Solihull High Street has been offering a biscuit for 20p with every hot drink purchased, and kindly donating the proceeds to us. In December/January, they raised a fantastic £98.80!

  • Crown Cars

    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 £207.26 from dress down days.

  • National Grid

    The team at National Grid hosted a Christmas Party at their offices for our clients. They were treated to a three course meal, a raffle, fabulous goodie bags, and carols sung by National Grid staff.

  • 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

    For the last two years, Barclays have had teams at both our Smartphone Quizzes and our Traditional Quiz, and they have also doubled our profit by offering matched funding for the events.

  • A2B Radio Cars

    A2B have provided transport for our clients to and from various events including our Christmas lunches and the Easter basket making workshop at Birmingham Business Park.

  • Asda

    For the past three years, Asda Community Foundation have given £500 to help pay for our social clubs' Christmas lunches. Asda have also awarded another £500 to enable us to buy MiFi boxes to help people get online at home.

Past corporate support

Corporate sponsor case study - Morgan Parkes Recruitment

Morgan Parkes, a Solihull based recruitment consultancy, approached us after seeing the John Lewis Christmas advertisement in 2015 and wanted to support us:

  • they recruited the support of their clients and friends and family with a highly effective social media campaign, resulting in over 1000 gifts being donated for lonely older people at Christmas 2015, 2016 and 2017. They are collecting gifts again this Christmas and hope to beat last year's total.
  • joined with John Lewis, Solihull Taxi Cabs and ourselves to create some 'buzz' in the local Press about the 'No-one should have no-one' Christmas campaign
  • part sponsored our Client Christmas Party, enabling us to provide Christmas cheer for many clients who would not otherwise have seen anyone over the Christmas period
  • joined in our Summer Charity Ball, buying tickets and supporting fundraising activity on the evening

Thank you to Morgan Parkes for their support!

Daredevils

In July 2017 a team from Legal and General Solihull took to the skies to take on a tandem skydive. They helped to raise £6,154.68!

Sign up for a skydive

Previous Corporate Support

St Johns Hotel

St Johns have sponsored all five of our Charity Balls and each time, we have 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. 

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. 

Solihull Moors Football Club 

Solihull Moors have been very supportive over the years. We've held two client Christmas lunches with over 90 clients/volunteers attending in 2015 and 2016, as well as in 2018.

We've also held three interactive quiz nights here between 2016 to 2018, and they've organised for some delicious food at each of our events.

We would like to thank all our partners, past and present, for supporting us.

Want to know more?

If you are interested in partnering with us, give us a call on 0121 704 7842 or email events@ageuksolihull.org.uk.

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