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Newall Green High School gets £60,000 cash boost from businesses

Newall Green cheque
Marie Carmody (Cardinal Maritime), Janet Parish (Timpson) and Andy Park (Executive Head, Newall Green High School)

Four businesses in South Manchester have donated £60,000 to Newall Green High School in Wythenshawe to provide additional cultural and social experiences for students.

The money, which will be used to provide “extra curricular activities they may not normally experience during the course of the childhood”, has been given by freight services provider Cardinal Maritime, engineering firm Endress+Hauser, jam maker Duerr’s and shoe repair to dry cleaning giant Timpson.

Executive head teacher Andy Park said the school was extremely fortunate to have found four companies willing to invest time, facilities and finance into supporting the development of young people.

He added that it was vital for the children to “develop good levels of knowledge and experience the widest range of cultural and social experiences if they are to succeed in their GCSE / Key Stage 4 examinations and go on to secure the very best employment opportunities in the future”.

The activities will involve working with the Manchester International Festival, John Rylands Library and the National Trust, among others.

“The companies who are supporting us financially are also working with us creatively to develop opportunities to enhance the careers education we offer our students,” he said.

“They are providing a range of learning experiences such as employer visits, mentoring, mock interviews, world of work days, extended work experience placements and supported routes into apprenticeships.”

“Businesses talk about CSR, we call it CSO – corporate social opportunity,” said Brian Hay, chief executive at Cardinal Maritime. “Business can be a force for good, spending time mentoring young people and inviting 16-to-18-year olds into our business.

“Here’s a group of companies that recruit lots of head office staff in the area and want to do what they can to make a difference to these children’s lives.”

Steven Endress, managing director, Endress+Hauser added: “Endress+Hauser Ltd is headquartered in Wythenshawe and recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

“We recognise that we couldn’t have achieved this significant milestone without the support of the local community and schools within. We hope that our donation will be recognised as a big ‘thank you’ to both children and teachers and a reminder that we support them whole heartedly.”

In addition to the £60,000, Timpson has also donated a further £10,000 to local charity BW3, which which runs mentoring and development programmes in the Wythenshawe area and is backed by funding from Manchester City Council.

Helen Oakley, trustee at the Alex Timpson Trust said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the other businesses and with BW3 to support Newall Green.

“When we were first introduced to the school we were struck by the passion and drive of the leadership team and their genuine care for each individual student and we wanted this bursary to support them in broadening the horizons and experiences of their young people, some of whom will become our colleagues of the future.”

BW3 was founded in 2002 and stands for Businesses Working With Wythenshawe. Key partners include Cardinal Maritime, Manchester Airports Group, Manchester City Council and Wythenshawe Housing Trust.

Timpson has donated £30,000 to Newall Green School, with £10,000 each from Cardinal Maritime, Duerr’s and Endress+Hauser.

Sweet end to the year for engineer Sam

dsc_2908It’s a sweet end to the year for newly-qualified engineer Sam Boswell.

Sam, 22 from Wythenshawe is the second engineering apprentice to complete the scheme run by Manchester peanut butter, jams and spreads manufacturer Duerr’s. Following a four year programme, Sam has now earned his Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture.

The Duerr’s Food Manufacturing Apprenticeship scheme sees young people gain industry recognised qualifications, including a BTEC in Engineering Operations & Maintenance, NVQ in Engineering Maintenance and HNC in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Last year, Tom Heppenstall was the first to graduate from the initiative and now Sam has followed in his footsteps.  Continue reading “Sweet end to the year for engineer Sam”

Wythenshawe firm’s Jamfest rocks up £60,000 for brain charity

Peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll came together at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa for the Duerr’s Annual Charity Ball, this year raising a chart-topping £60,000 for Brainwave.

The Wythenshawe-based preserve and peanut butter producers are renowned for their annual themed knees-up, and with a stellar effort from all guests, this year’s ‘JamFest’ was no exception.

With wellies, wrist-bands and peace-signs galore, everyone from ‘Jimi Hendrix’ to ‘Janis Joplin’ made an appearance. Hall of fame musicians danced the night away alongside guests in Oktoberfest’s famous lederhosen and dirndls, in a festival free-for-all.

Party-goers were welcomed with a Bucks Fizz and feasted on a festival-inspired three course meal before rummaging in their bumbags to compete for auction prizes including backstage passes for Olly Murs, a money-can’t-buy trip to a Caribbean Island and VIP tickets to the X Factor final.

The money raised will go towards aiding Brainwave’s work supporting families with disabled children, providing therapy and exercise programmes to help develop children with physical and cognitive disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and autism.

Mark Duerr, managing director of F.Duerr and Sons comments: “This year had everything a good festival should have, apart from the mud and toilet queues! The room was rocking, but even better than that we raised an astonishing amount of money for a brilliant cause.

“Once again, we’ve been blown away by the generosity of our guests who are true Jamfest legends.”

Carole Headley, Development Manager at Brainwave added: “What a fantastic event! I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Duerr’s for raising such an incredible amount of money.

“The work we do is very important to families across the UK, helping children to reach their full potential; but it is dependent on donations, which is why we’re so incredibly grateful to Duerr’s for their support.”