BromGolf raises £9,000 for YouCan

We're delighted to confirm that BromGolf 2018, our largest fundraising event of the year, has raised an incredible £9,000 for our YouCan Foundation. It is the fourth year Bromford has match funded '£ for £' the £4,500 net total raised by colleagues and business partners at Shirley Golf Club on 27 September 2018. Since its first event in 2013, BromGolf has now raised close to £45k for YouCan. YouCan enables people to bring their ideas to life to help their communities. Every penny raised will now go towards helping customers unlock their potential by giving them the opportunity to bid for grants of up to £300. Head of business improvement Richard Hicks, who helps to organise the event, said, "Another successful year and we are extremely grateful for the teams from our business partner community, some attending for the first time, along with teams of colleagues, making it a total of 22 teams taking part which exceeds last year. We had some amazing donations and gifted promise items which we were able to raffle and auction to raise extra funds." How did the day unfold? Yet again the golf day basked in brilliant sunshine as everyone gathered early to energise themselves with a delicious breakfast before heading out. There were teams (four golfers per team) from Bromford Young Boys, Bromford New Homes, Bromford Riverside, Hintons Hot Shots, iTracking, MIS-Active Management Systems, Jewson, Novus, Stafford Industrial Supplies, Gilmore Building Supplies, ADEY Innovation Ltd, Valliant, David Wilson Homes, Worcester Bosch, City Electrical Factors, Myson Radiators, Stelrad, Fernox, Western Property Services, Travis Perkins, Team Hewer and J Tomlinson. After a light lunch, the agenda of the day moved on to some more fundraising activities. As a result of kind donations by our business partners there were [...]

By |2018-10-15T15:46:42+00:00October 15th, 2018|Fundraising|0 Comments

YouCan do it – with a little help from your friends

Bromford colleagues from Birmingham and Warwickshire have been training together over the summer to get from 'couch to 5k' with an end challenge to complete the Stratford parkrun. And on Saturday 22 September the team competed the course, raising more than £230 for YouCan in the process. Steven Osmond, locality manager, and seasoned parkrunner co-ordinated the challenge and said: "We're a dedicated bunch who spend our days coaching customers to help them achieve whatever their goals are in life. My team are brilliant at what they do, however they're not all runners! A few of them who have completed the challenge have never run before, so we've been coaching each other to ensure we all got around the course as a team on the day. “This was my 250th parkrun and I'm very proud to be a part of the team that got involved in this event and have taken on this challenge in good spirit. “YouCan offers grants of up to £300 to help kick-start community based projects designed to bring people and neighbourhoods together. The grants have funded things such as community gardening projects, craft clubs and support groups for new parents. It’s brilliant that we’ve raised more £230 and it’s great to know that the money will go towards helping people to get their ideas off the ground.” Louise Kelly, locality manager, was full of praise for Steven after completing the challenge, saying: “I just wanted to say thanks for organising Steve! I am not natural runner (some of you may have noticed), but I really enjoyed it. It was a great atmosphere and a great achievement for the team!” If you would like to donate to Steven and the team, you can still [...]

By |2018-09-25T10:36:31+00:00September 25th, 2018|Fundraising|0 Comments

Falling for YouCan

​“It seemed like a good idea at the time” said Jo Harper, when we asked her why she and four Bromford colleagues decided to jump out of a plane 13,000 feet, travelling at speeds of around 120 mph to raise funds for YouCan. Jo Harper, Dave Round, Kully Braich, James McGlone and Jon Birks decided to each do a tandem skydive for the foundation that offers £300 grants to help people step forward with their ideas, no matter how small, and brings these to life in the form of kick starting bright ideas, community projects, education, volunteering and business opportunities. On 21 August, a cloudy Tuesday, the five of them gathered at the airfield– full of excitement (and a touch of trepidation).   And after five nervous hours waiting for the clouds to clear, the time finally came to get make the jump. Once everyone was back on terra firma we caught up with a few of the team to see how they felt… James McGlone, talent and resourcing specialist, said: “The whole day was an amazing experience. Although I’ve skydived before, I still didn’t know 100% what to expect. And this time around it was with the added pride that I was doing it with some great colleagues raising money for a brilliant cause. So I’d also like to say a huge thanks to everyone who supported, donated and spread the word. And, yes… I probably would do it again!” Jo Harper, business analyst, said: "What an experience…never again though. I have never experienced fear like it! The moment the door opened and I was sitting on the edge of a plane at 13,000 feet was the worst, but also the best, experience I’ve [...]

By |2018-09-04T13:14:46+00:00September 4th, 2018|Fundraising|0 Comments

Trekking for YouCan

Mary Regan has a history of raising money for good causes, so when she started working at Bromford in June 2017 she made it her business to find out all about YouCan and what she could do to help. We caught up with Mary recently to find out a little more; “I’m a really strong believer in community and when I looked into what YouCan was all about I was really impressed. It’s great that the £300 grants that are given out go towards bringing people together, and helping people to help themselves and each other. “I’ve got a bit of a passion for fundraising, and have trekked to the top of Snowdon (using various routes) a number of time so I suggested the idea to a few of my colleagues in the finance team. It was a tough day as we set off from home at around 6am and the weather wasn’t the kindest but, after a lot of encouragement and working together to overcome the challenges we faced, we made it to the summit....raising more than £1,000 - well worth all the aching limbs."   Here’s the story of our day… Four colleagues (from left to right, Mary Regan, Tasha Chumber, Ram Mann and Jon Birks) from Bromford set off reasonably early (with Chris Shepherd from Dudley Council, our driver for the day and fellow walker), in the hope of conquering Snowdon. This picture was taken in the car park at Pen-y-Pass which was really quiet; possibly because wind, rain and fog was expected…with -6 c expected at the peak.   Half an hour in to the walk, things were looking pretty murky, with poor visibility ahead. A little disheartening [...]

By |2018-05-18T08:55:39+00:00May 18th, 2018|Fundraising|0 Comments

BromGolf 2016

We're delighted to confirm that BromGolf 2016, our largest fundraising event of the year, has raised an incredible £8,802 for our YouCan Foundation. It is the second year Bromford has match funded '£ for £' the £4401 net total raised by colleagues and business partners at Birmingham's Shirley Golf Club on 8th September 2016. YouCan is our fund to enable people to bring their ideas to life to help their communities. Every penny raised will now go towards helping customers unlock their potential by giving them the opportunity to bid for grants of up to £300. Head of business improvement Richard Hicks, who helped organise the event, said: "Another successful year and we are extremely grateful for the 18 teams from our business partner community, some attending for the first time, along with teams of Bromford colleagues, making it a total of 23 teams taking part which exceeds last year. We had some amazing donations and gifted promise items which we were able to raffle and auction to raise extra funds." How did the day unfold? Yet again the golf day basked in brilliant sunshine as everyone gathered early to energise themselves with a delicious breakfast before heading out. We had teams from Bromford, iTracking, R&R Fixings, MIS-Active Management Systems, Jewson, Novus, Stafford Industrial Supplies, Gilmore Building Supplies, J Tomlinson, Hewer FM Ltd, Valliant, David Wilson Homes, Worcester Bosch, City Electrical Factors, Akzo Nobel- Dulux, Ian Williams Ltd, Cirencester Intruder Alarms, Augusta, Myson Radiators and Fernox. After a light lunch, the agenda of the day moved on to some more fundraising activities. As a result of kind donations by our business partners we again had some great items to auction and raffle and, along with the [...]

By |2016-11-30T09:12:58+00:00September 23rd, 2016|Fundraising|0 Comments

Halloween horror hits Broooomford

Bromford’s Freaky Friday was ghoulishly good as dozens of colleagues got into the spirit of Halloween to raise funds for YouCan Foundation. There were skeletons, witches, evil clowns, vampires, zombies and chainsaw wielding maniacs. Even notorious Saw villain Jigsaw made an appearance as the two main Wolverhampton offices were transformed into spooky sites for one day only. A total of £124.86 was raised for YouCan, which will be match funded which takes the grand total to £249.72. Customer services team member Maxine Stibbs, who dressed as the Wicked Witch of the West (complete with flying monkey and broomstick), received a trophy for winning best dressed individual. The best dressed team went to lettings. The organisation’s 1,100 colleagues have helped raise more than £28,000 for YouCan Foundation since it was launched in 2011. Every penny helps our customers and their communities unlock their potential by giving them the opportunity to bid for grants of up to £300. Customer advisor Yvonne Dainty, who helped organise the fundraising, said: “It was great to see so many people get into the spirit of Halloween. There were some fantastically scary costumes and it was really difficult to pick a winner! “Everyone had great fun dressing up but we were, of course, raising money for YouCan which is such a brilliant charity for our customers. We’re delighted that the money we raised in a few short hours will enable another customer to bid for a grant and turn their ideas into a reality.” It’s often difficult to get that ‘one chance’ in life to make a change and turn your dreams into a reality; so we want to make it easier for people to access start-up funding and kick start bright [...]

By |2016-11-30T09:12:58+00:00November 2nd, 2015|Fundraising|0 Comments