30/09/2018 A marathon on our doorstep
On Sunday October 14th, thousands of runners took to the streets to take part in the Greater Manchester Half Marathon. With the finish line on the doorstep of our Manchester office, we had to get involved with this epic event – so staff across the company united to run the gruelling 13-mile course. Congratulations to everyone who crossed the finish line – and a huge thank you to those who volunteered on the day too. Your efforts made a real difference to the PHMG Foundation.
30/09/2018 Making a splash for charity
This weekend, members of our Audio Branding and Client Services teams completed Adventure Dock – an aquatic obstacle course dominating Liverpool’s famous waterfront. The team dived head first into the challenge, taking on 50 inflatable elements and freezing-cold, jellyfish infested waters. And in return for their bravery, they raised over £700 for the PHMG Foundation. 15/09/2018 Running the Gauntlet
Bright and early this Saturday morning, our Data team braved themselves to take on the Gauntlet Games – a gladiatorial 5k with a difference. The course was packed with all manner of obstacles including the treacherous tunnels and the flume of doom, and PHMG’s brave participants overcame them all to make it to the finish line. 09/09/2018 A great achievement :
This Sunday, almost 60,000 people crossed the finish line of the Great North Run – and among these brave participants was Audio Branding Consultant Alex Clarke. With spectators lining the streets, he completed the half marathon course in just over two hours, raising valuable funds for the PHMG Foundation in the process. Thank you to Alex for his hard work, and thank you to everyone who donated.
12/08/2018 The Drop:
On Sunday August 12th, PHMG’s Marketing, Creative and Music & Voice teams all got lost in the name of charity when they took part in The Drop. Each team of four was blindfolded and driven to a separate mystery location – then had to race back to Manchester with no phone or money. Each team used their wits, ingenuity and charm to make their way home, and completed the challenge in the following times: 10/08/2018 Tough Mudder
Music & Voice: 57 minutes (Ramsbottom to Manchester)
Creative: 1hr 40 mins (Mellor to Manchester)
Marketing: 2 hours 13 minutes (Diggle to Manchester)
Congratulations to the winning Music & Voice team – and a huge thank you goes to everyone along the way who donated, supported and gave lifts to our brave participants.
PHMG’s Copy team headed to Heaton Park on Friday the 10th of September to face up to the brutal challenge of Tough Mudder 5K. With conditions fairly dry, they took on 10-foot walls, scramble nets, barbed wire commando crawls and the legendary Everest – working together to complete the tricky course in just over an hour, and raising hundreds for the PHMG Foundation. Congratulations to everyone who completed this test of endurance and teamwork, and many thanks to everyone who donated. 23/07/2108 Biking for charity
On July 21st, members of our Client Services team completed the Trans Pennine bike ride in support of the PHMG Foundation. The 20km cycle started from Lymm, wound through beautiful and challenging countryside, to finish finally in Castlefield. A big congratulations to everyone who took part in this great achievement, and a special thanks to all those who donated.
09/07/2018 Pedal to the Pleasure Beach
On July 8th, members of our Development and Service Desk team tested their endurance as they took on the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride. From Manchester’s home of TV, Media City, to the bustling seaside of Blackpool, they completed 50 gruelling miles of pure road cycling in just under 6 hours – a true testament to their support of the PHMG Foundation. A huge congratulations to everyone who played their part.
09/07/2018 Giving back to our community
Last Thursday marked the 70th Birthday of the NHS – a historic milestone that really deserves to be celebrated. And as a company that strives to give something back whenever we can, we took this as an opportunity to help in our own special way. Bobby Turner and Fabian Molloy from the Music and Voice team put their skills to good use by Djing at the Bury Living Well Centre as part of their 70th celebrations. Their dexterity on the decks helped to make the event a real success, and we were honoured to be part of the big day.
25/06/2018 Triple the challenge
On Saturday 23rd June, members of PHMG’s copy team gave up their Saturday to test their endurance and take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. They completed the notorious 25-mile route in just under 12 hours, raising a significant amount of money for the PHMG Foundation.
16/06/2018 Daring to Dive
On Saturday morning, Chicago awoke to a crisp, clear day – meaning conditions were perfect for us to take to the skies. 9 members of the team showed the ultimate act of bravery when they skydived from a height of 14,000 feet. And as a result, they raised incredible amounts for the PHMG Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages Illinois.
13/06/2018 The PHMG Foundation Golf Day
On Wednesday June 13th, staff members from across the company gathered at Mottram Hall Golf Course for our charity golf day. Players battled to win the coveted Match Play Championship, and in the process, raised valuable funds for the PHMG Foundation.
10/06/2018 Epic Man
This Sunday, Dom Blears, Senior Client Support Manager at PHMG, completed one of the North West’s most gruelling endurance tests, the EpicMan Lancashire Middle Distance Triathlon. Epic in every sense of the word, the race comprises of a 1.9km swim through the River Lune, a 90km cycle across one of the most challenging middle distance routes in the UK, and a 21km half marathon run. Not only did Dom complete the course in an outstanding time, he also helped raised money and awareness for the PHMG Foundation.
02/05/2018 The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
On Saturday, June 2nd, members of our Manchester-based North American sales team completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. They finished the 24-mile stretch in just under 12 hours – scaling ascents totalling 5,200 feet. Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough were no match for our seven brave volunteers, who hiked through the night to reach their goal – and they’ve made a valuable contribution towards our four chosen charities.
24/05/2018 A stand-up cause
Thanks to all the staff at our Chicago office for their contribution to Red Nose Day. This uplifting event makes a life-changing difference for children facing extreme poverty – and the $500 you pledged will be put to work here in America and worldwide.
20/05/2018 A great day for the PHMG Foundation
Sunday May 20th saw 30,000 runners hit the streets of Manchester for the Great Manchester Run – and 20 members of PHMG were among those taking to the starting line. Representatives across a range of departments all completed the challenging 10k in the name of the PHMG Foundation. Everyone who crossed the finish lined achieved a great time, but most importantly, they raised over £1,000 for our four chosen charities.
19/05/2018 Run the night
On May 19th, members of PHMG Chicago stayed up late to complete the Night Nation Run – the world’s first running music festival. Decorated in neon, they made their way through four themed zones to complete the adrenaline-fuelled 5k – all in aid of the PHMG Foundation. Huge thanks and congratulations go to everyone who ran and danced their way across the finish line.
15/05/2018 CF Trust
Championed by our Marketing team, the CF Trust is a cause that’s truly deserving of our donations – and we were hugely proud to present them with a cheque for £3,876.77. 12/05/2018 PHMG Foundation FC
PHMG Foundation FC triumphed in the SMCCFL Cup Final – and players and supporters alike helped us raise more than £2,000 for the PHMG Foundation through charity football fun day. 10/05/2018 Cyril Flint
Our Music & Voice Team worked hard to support Cyril Flint in 2017, and they were proud to present the charity with a cheque for £3,876.77. 04/05/2018 Action for Children
Action for Children visited PHMG HQ to receive their donation from last year’s fundraising efforts – and we’re proud to be continuing to support this worthwhile cause in 2018. 03/05/2018 The Christie Fund
PHMG is proud to be a longstanding supporter of The Christie Hospital – and we welcomed them to our offices once again to present 2017’s hard-earned donation.
02/05/2018 The Frienship Circle
The Friendship Circle is a charity close to the heart of one of our staff members, so we were especially proud to welcome them to our office, and present them with a cheque for £3,876.77. We hope it goes a long way in helping them continue their work.
02/05/2018 Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital visited PHMG HQ, and we were proud to present them with a cheque from last year’s fundraising effort.
02/05/2018 Alzheimer’s Society
PHMG was proud to present the Alzheimer’s Society with a cheque for £3,876.77 as a result of the hard work and generosity of our staff in 2017.
28/04/2018 The PHMG Foundation Golf Day
29/04/2018 A marathon event
The Chester Half Marathon is one of the UK’s longest established and most highly regarded races of its kind – making it a great choice for the Manchester North America Sales’ CSR event. The team laced up their running shoes to complete the 13 miles run through the streets of this historic city, and did their bit for the PHMG Foundation.
PHMG’s Golf Day invited players from across the company to tee off at Heaton Park – and raised more than £1500 for the PHMG Foundation. 21/04/2018 Climbing towards our total
On Saturday April 21st, Claire Gill, James Fletcher and Claire Harris of the Credit Control team embarked on a brave ascent up mount Snowdon. Standing at 1,085 metres tall, the climb was a daunting prospect – but the trio rose to the challenge and made it to the peak. And in the process, they got us that bit closer to our £50,000 target.
27/02/2018 A monumental effort
On Sunday February 25th, Sales & Marketing Director Mark Williamson and Head of Client Services Michael Nipper took on a huge challenge for the PHMG Foundation, when they completed the Christie Tower Climb. Starting at the very bottom of the iconic Beetham Tower, the pair ran up all 798 steps of the Manchester landmark in a combined time of under 15 minutes. And in the process, they raised a staggering total of £4,160 for The Christie Hospital and the PHMG Foundation’s four deserving charities. Congratulations go to Mark and Michael on this achievement – and thank you to every single person who lent their support by donating. 2/12/2017 – 3/12/2017 The Global Toy Appeal
Christmas is the perfect time to give something back, which is why we once again supported the Salvation Army with our Global Toy Appeal. PHMG staff in Manchester and Chicago filled both of our receptions with toys and made sure the most deserving of children receive a present this Christmas Day. 2/12/2017 – 3/12/2017 The Global Santa Dash
Every year, PHMG staff turn out in force to complete our festive fun-run, and 2017 was no exception. From Boston to Dallas, Manchester to Chicago, staff in eight global locations donned their red suits in the name of the PHMG Foundation, and raised an incredible £8,016.40 in the process. This money will go straight to worthy charities including The Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society and the Christie Hospital Charity – and we want to thank every single employee who took part. 21/10/2017
Manchester Sales’ EAFE team took part in the Cheshire Rough Runner event on the 21st October – a 10k run featuring a series of game show-inspired obstacles. Despite running in the middle of Storm Brian, the team put their all into the challenges, including the sweeper arms, monkey bars over freezing water and the world-famous travellator finale. So far, the team has raised over £750 for Manchester Royal Children’s Hospital – but there’s still time to support the group’s efforts. Just click here to visit our Virgin Money Giving page and make your pledge.
Scaling Snowdon side by side
On Sunday 15th October, the Data team put their teamwork skills to the ultimate test as they climbed England and Wales’ highest mountain while tied together. They conquered Mount Snowdon’s tricky 1,085m ascent in the wind and rain, made even more difficult by having their ankles connected by rope. Data’s unique challenge was completed to raise money for Support Dogs – and the team really showed their support for the important charity. 15/10/2017 The London bridges challenge
On Sunday 15th October, the London office team completed the London bridges challenge – a 10 mile walk covering 13 of the capital’s most iconic bridges. They walked in support of St Clare Hospice, a care provider that aids individuals with life-limiting conditions – and a charity that’s close to the hearts of many of our staff.
15/10/2017 A marathon effort
On Sunday 15th October, eight members of Client Services volunteered at the Manchester Half Marathon in partnership with Once Upon a Smile. They ensured the huge city-wide event ran smoothly by providing support in the busy bag drop area of the race. At the same time, Credit Control’s Claire Gill and James Fletcher completed the 21km run as part of their marathon of 5ks challenge – all to raise money for Support Dogs and the PHMG Foundation.
14/10/2017 Walk the Northern line
On Saturday 14th October, Client Support’s Ben Manning, Alastair Waldron and Robert Penneck walked the entire length of London’s Northern line – from Morden all the way to Edgware. The team covered the 25 mile distance in just one day, an incredible effort in support of The Christie Charity.
12/10/2017 Award-winning support
This year, Music & Voice have really thrown themselves into fundraising for Manchester-based Cyril Flint Befrienders – so much so that the charity asked them to take part in their Accumulator Challenge, a competition between local groups to see who could raise the most money in six months. PHMG won the contest after raising £1,695 during their Snowdon by moonlight walk back in June, and attended the awards night on the 12th October to meet the charity and accept their accolade.
24/09/2017 A Walk of Support
On Sunday September 24th , Chicago staff took part in the largest annual event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s took 18 of our team, their friends and family around the Chicago community, allowing them to raise over $1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association – and organization that’s particularly close to the hearts of many of our staff.
09/09/2017 Tough teams
On Saturday 9th September, members of our Copy and Client Services teams tackled the North West Tough Mudder event to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Once Upon a Smile. Every single person gave their all to the challenge, which consisted of a 12 mile race and 20 tough obstacles through thick mud and water. And both teams’ incredible efforts were made worthwhile, with £1,000 raised for each of these worthy charities and the PHMG Foundation. 26/08/2017 Blackpool Illuminations 10k
On Saturday 26th August, Production’s Katy Fengeros completed the Blackpool Illuminations 10k to raise funds for Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. With a time of just over one hour and more than £350 raised, Katy really did her bit for this worthy organisation and the PHMG Foundation.
23/08/2017 We Love Manchester cheque presentation
On Wednesday 23rd August, staff welcomed the Lord Mayor of Manchester to the PHMG Head Office. He received a cheque to the value of £32,508 for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund – an appeal set up to support the victims of the Manchester attack and their families. The Lord Mayor discussed the overwhelming response to the fund in the aftermath of the news – and thanked PHMG for the incredible contribution we made. Thank you again to all those that donated, our money will make a real difference to those affected.
12/08/2017 PHMG conquer Scafell Pike
On Saturday 12th August, staff from Client Services, Marketing, Sales, Engineering and Data climbed Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain. The team faced tough weather conditions throughout the 978 metre ascent, but successfully reached the summit to fly the flag for the PHMG Foundation. All their efforts and your donations amounted to a huge fundraising total of £3,203 – which will go a long way to helping MacMillan Cancer Support and the CF Trust continue their vital work.
12/08/2017 Warrior Dash
On Saturday August 12th, our North American ABC Team conquered the Chicago Warrior Dash, a 5k race with a series of testing muddy challenges. From the Warrior Summit to the Fisherman’s Catch, the team completed all the obstacles thrown at them – and raised $635 for the Inspiration Corporation and the PHMG Foundation. 09/07/2017 Manchester to Blackpool: on your bike
On July 9th, Development’s Martin Newby, Martin Keenan, Peter Rodgers and Stephen Smith took on the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride – pushing their stamina to the limit and completing the 60 mile route. And their efforts were made worthwhile with a final fundraising figure of £1,200 for their chosen charity, Action for Children.
25/06/2017 Snowdon by moonlight
The Music and Voice team completed a truly unique challenge on Sunday morning, climbing the highest mountain in England and Wales by moonlight. They began their ascent up Mount Snowdon at 2am, walking with only their torches and the moonlight to guide them along the tough terrain. But the team were in high spirits, and reached the summit by 4.15am to watch the sunrise – raising over £1,500 for local Manchester charity Cyril Flint and the PHMG Foundation.
24/06/2017 The 6 peaks challenge
Last weekend, the Client Support team conquered the Lake District’s 6 peaks, completing the testing 23km trek in just 9 hours. Arlene Mann, Dominic Blears, Jasmine Redwood, Tony Haskins, Julian Butterworth, Jonathan Collins and Ellie Keene were joined by friends and partners as they pushed their stamina to the limit, ascending close to 1,800 metres throughout the trek. And after the climb was all done, their efforts were rewarded with a fundraising total of over £2,000 for The Christie Charity and the PHMG Foundation. 10/06/2017 The team triathlon
11/06/2017 The Prestwich Challenge
On June 11th, members of Manchester Sales’ UK and Oceania teams completed the Prestwich Challenge, a tough eight mile route involving a series of endurance-testing obstacles. The teams waded through waist-deep mud, lifted huge tyres and faced freezing water to reach the finish line at Sedgeley Park Rugby Club – raising over £1,000 for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and the PHMG Foundation.
Last weekend, members of Client Services were joined by staff from our Sales and Engineering departments as they conquered the Keswick Mountain Festival Triathlon. The poor weather didn’t deter the teams from completing the challenging 400m open water swim, 18km cycle and 5km trail run through the rugged Keswick landscape. And it was all worth it, as they raised over £2,000 for Once Upon a Smile and the PHMG Foundation.
02/06/2017 We Love MCR
Manchester is where the story began for PHMG, so when news broke of the attack on Manchester Arena, it touched the hearts of staff across the company. After announcing our support of the Red Cross’ We Love MCR Emergency Appeal, we were blown away by the incredible response of our employees – who raised £16,254 in just five days. As promised, our efforts were doubled by the company, meaning we donated an outstanding total of £32,508. A huge thank you goes to every single staff member who pledged their money, and we hope our contribution goes some way towards helping the victims and their families.
15/04/2017 A Tremendous Trek
Credit Control’s Claire Harris and James Fletcher really proved their commitment last month, completing a strenuous 110 kilometre trek along the Sandstone Trail. The team’s incredible efforts were made worthwhile when the final figure was revealed: over £6,000 for the PHMG Foundation. But Credit Control’s fundraising plans don’t stop there, so look out for their other events throughout the year and show your support.
02/04/2017 Going the extra mile
Sunday April 2nd saw thousands of runners take to the streets of Trafford, Urmston, Sale, Stretford and Salford in the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon. One of these brave individuals was our own Client Support Manager Julian Butterworth, who completed the vast course in just over five hours. And behind the scenes, he was joined by several members of the Client Services team, who volunteered to make sure participants had the help they needed to cross the line. Julian alone raised more than £850 for The Christie Hospital and the PHMG Foundation, and the team showed their support to make the day a success.
27/02/2017 A landmark challenge
This weekend, Sales and Marketing Director Mark Williamson, Head of Client Services Michael Nipper and Senior Copywriter James Leadley achieved a remarkable feat, as they completed the Christie Tower Run. The tallest building outside London, the Beetham Tower is one of Manchester’s most iconic landmarks, standing at 46 floors and 554 feet high. Our brave trio climbed all 798 of its stairs in a combined time of 19 minutes and 55 seconds – an incredible effort that saw them raise more than £5,500 for The Christie Hospital Charity.
08/12/2016 Making a difference at Christmas
Christmas is a time of giving, so this year, we launched our very first global toy and food appeal. We asked staff from our Manchester, London and Chicago offices to make a contribution for those in need, and they filled three receptions with toys, gifts and food. Altogether, we collected more than £10,000’s worth of donations for charities including The Salvation Army, Toys for Tots and The Compassion foodbank – a collection which is sure to put a smile on the faces of people across the globe.
03/12/2016 An epic weekend of festive fundraising
This weekend was a real landmark moment for PHMG, as staff on both sides of the Atlantic united in our first worldwide fundraising event – the Global Santa Dash. From Manchester to New York… London to D.C… more than 220 employees donned their red suits to complete the festive 5k. Altogether, we raised more than £6,600 for worthy causes including the Christie Hospital Charity, The Salvation Army and the Alzheimer’s Society – and we want to thank all our Santas for taking part.
27/11/2016 Passing go for the PHMG Foundation
The London team really played the fundraising game this weekend, as they completed the 20-mile Monopoly Walk. After a bright and early start, the group put their best foot forward to hit all 26 landmarks on the famous board. And after the final square, they finished the day triumphant by raising valuable funds for St Clare Hospice and the PHMG Foundation.
14/10/2016 92 clubs: 92 hours
Last Wednesday, Kristian Hunt, Alan Aspden and Luke Walker embarked on a journey that pushed them to the limit. 3.8 days, 2,300 miles and almost 100 selfies later, they proudly completed the 92 clubs in 92 hours challenge, all in the name of the PHMG Foundation. During their time on the road, the brave trio travelled a distance equating that of Manchester to Moscow, and survived on just four hours’ sleep in almost as many days. This incredible effort has already raised over £2,000 for Once Upon a Smile – a Manchester-based charity dedicated to helping families suffering with bereavement.
08/10/2016 Powering through the park
There’s no better way to fundraise than with a good old-fashioned fun-run, and the Development team put their best foot forward when then they took on the South Manchester Parkrun. They were up bright and early on Saturday morning to complete the course at Platt Fields Park, and earned valuable sponsorship once they crossed the finish line.
24/9/2016 The complete 30k
Over the last three months, the Credit Control team have pushed themselves to the limit for the PHMG Foundation, taking part in three separate 10ks. After two events, the challenge culminated with the Born Survivor obstacle course – and the team were joined by Sales and Marketing Assistant Rachael Hill as they triumphantly crossed the finish line.
24/9/2016 A born survivor
Producer Anna Hickling really proved her mettle this weekend as she completed the truly testing Born Survivor course at Capesthorne Hall. Featuring obstacles including The Mincer, The Blitz and the Fire Trenches, this challenge was not for the faint hearted – but it was all worthwhile when she knew she’d done her bit for the PHMG Foundation.
01/9/2016 As easy as ABC
The chosen charity of our Audio Branding team, Wood Street Mission works to help those living in poverty all over Manchester – and their book clubs encourage children and young people to enjoy reading together. These events can only continue with support from the local community, so we asked all our staff to bring in quality books to help this worthy cause. Our reception was transformed into a library with the sheer number of donations, and the charity were thrilled to take away box upon box of books.
03/9/2016 Running the Gauntlet
Our Client Support team threw themselves head-first into fundraising when they took part in the Gladiator-esque Gauntlet Games. Braving almost torrential conditions, the gang hit Manchester’s Heaton Park to take on obstacles including the swing n smash, the treacherous tunnels and the flume of doom. Despite one member of the team ending up in an ambulance, the event was a huge success – and the brave participants added over £1,000 to our total.
16/07/2016 A new mountain to climb
Staff from across the company were all set to climb Snowdon, until treacherous weather conditions put paid to their plan at the 11th hour. But they didn’t let the wind and rain stop them from doing their bit for charity. Instead of the Welsh mountain, they hiked their way to the top of the equally challenging Dovestone Peak – and proudly planted the PHMG Foundation flag.
16/07/2016 The 30k challenge: the first 10k
Over the course of the summer, the Credit Control team will be completing three 10k challenges in recognition of St Leonard’s Hospice 30th anniversary – and it all kicked off this weekend. Head of the department Claire Harris completed a strenuous hill run at the Pendle Running festival, showing her team exactly how it’s done before they take on a 10K trail in August.
12/06/2016 Going colour crazy for CSR
Our London team ran the rainbow to complete the Colour Run – the most vibrant, exciting and fantastic 5K around. The course took them from Wembley Park in a route that surrounded the stadium in the most vibrant shades, and culminated in an explosion of powder paint to celebrate their contribution to the PHMG Foundation.
11/06/2016 Best oars forward
Members of our IT, Production, Development and ABC departments united to complete a novel charity challenge that really took them out of their comfort zone. Stepping aboard their very own canoe, they made their way from Ditchford Lock to Oundle Mill – a testing route stretching over 20 miles of choppy water. They stepped back on to dry land after two days of rowing, and raised an incredible amount for the PHMG Foundation in the process.
21/05/2016 The triple threat
Four daring members of the Client Services team took on a trio of challenges in the name of the PHMG Foundation, and completed a 400-metre swim, a 20K cycle, and a 5K trail run at the Keswick Mountain Festival Triathlon. From track to water, their strength and willpower saw them through to the very last step – and their efforts were rewarded with generous donations.
21/05/2016 A home run
Audio Brand Executive Fiona Graham kept her charity efforts on home soil as she completed the Great Manchester run. The gruelling 10k course took her around some of the city’s most famous landmarks, and she crossed the finish line with pride for the PHMG Foundation.
07/05/2016 The PHMG Foundation at its peak
With a summit that stands at 3,720 feet, Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales. So it was a truly tall task for Audio Brand Consultant Jane Daniels and her family to take on the mighty peak. She braved the treacherous terrain and steep ascents to make it to the top – raising an incredible amount for the PHMG Foundation in the process.
25/04/2016 Donating our time for a worthy cause
As part of their work with Once Upon a Smile, the Client Services and Engineering teams spent their Sunday volunteering at the charity’s celebrity football match and fun day. Taking place at Altrincham Football Club, the event was held to celebrate the life of former junior player Isaac Maley. To help out, our staff manned a number of different stalls – and helped make the day a success for everyone who attended.
10/04/2016 Julian’s daring double
Julian Butterworth of Client Services put his endurance, stamina and body to the test as he completed the Great Manchester Marathon – the first of two epic long distance runs. And to make the occasion even more special, he got down on one knee to propose as soon as he crossed the finish line. Next month, he'll be back in the race to complete the Liverpool Rock 'n' Roll Run – and we wish him the best of luck for round two.
08/04/2016 Supporting Olivia Ward in Saint Vincent
The PHMG Foundation takes every opportunity to give something back, and this year, we’re also supporting a very special project to help one individual with a very worthy endeavour. Medical student Olivia Ward is completing her final year elective at Milton Caton Memorial Hospital in Saint Vincent – an area affected by great poverty. As well as funding her eight-week trip, we’ve also donated £2,000 towards medical equipment – giving the hospital otoscopes and an audiometer to help check patients’ hearing. Olivia will be keeping us updated throughout her time away, and you can read more about her activities on our blog.
16/03/2016 Raising a smile this Easter
This year, our ABC team is supporting Wood Street Mission – a Manchester-based organisation that’s been helping local children and families since 1869. Every year, they hold an Easter Egg appeal to help children in poverty enjoy the celebrations, and we got involved by asking all our staff to bring in as many eggs as they could. They responded with overwhelming generosity, and we filled our reception with Easter treats to be donated to families across the local area.
19/02/2016 Caring for the Christie
Each organisation the PHMG Foundation chooses to help holds a place close to our hearts – but there’s one in particular that means a great deal to many of our Manchester staff. The Christie Hospital Charity does amazing things for those fighting cancer, and we spent 2016 fundraising to help them continue their incredible work. Their Corporate Fundraising Officer Mary McLaughlin recently visited our Manchester office, and we were proud to present her with a cheque for £5,081.04.
19/02/2016 Making a difference to Macmillan
As the UK’s leading charity dedicated to providing support for cancer sufferers, Macmillan makes sure no-one faces the disease alone. We started supporting the charity last year, and were proud to raise a total of £3,386 for the cause. Corporate Fundraising Manager, Mandy West came to accept this on the charity’s behalf, and we were proud to hear that this money would fund a cancer information centre for three weeks, 125 hours of dedicated nursing and a grant to help three people deal with financial implications of the disease.
13/12/2015 Another festive 5K
This week it was the turn of our Manchester staff to take on their local Santa Dash, and a record number of employees gave up their Sunday morning to complete the funrun round the streets of Old Trafford. With donations, sponsorship and a rival race element to up the stakes, we raised an incredible £3,500 from participating in this event alone – money that will be well spent by Christie’s in their fight against cancer.
06/12/2015 Dashing through the park:
In the first of our two festive fun runs, our London staff donned their red suits to complete the Santa Dash through the East End’s Victoria Park. Thanks to their participation and the generosity of their supporters, we raised a huge amount for the Alzheimer’s Society – and our contribution is sure to make a real difference to the UK’s leading dementia charity.
04/12/2015 A time of giving:
We’re always looking for opportunities to give something back, so this season of goodwill, we got involved with the Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal. We asked our staff to donate a gift for a child, homeless or vulnerable person, and their response was overwhelming. We filled our entire reception with toys, games and treats, and the charity’s representative told us it was the biggest contribution they’d ever received from a company.
30/10/2015 Glowing for gold
Twas a dark and stormy night… and while most people were out celebrating Halloween, our production team were donning neon outfits to take part in Glow in the Park at Manchester’s Heaton Park. Making their way through six dazzling zones, they completed the electrifying 5k in record time – and raised an incredible amount for Sparks as a result.
23/10/2015 Mind over matter
Fear finds a new home at Breakout Manchester. And our sales department split into two teams to take on the challenge on behalf of The PHMG Foundation. The task saw each group endure 60 minutes of attempting to escape from one of the locked rooms before time ran out – cracking codes, solving puzzles and breaking riddles using only the power of their minds. It was a test of bravery and determination, and their hard work saw them raise £300 for Christies.
26/09/2015 A challenge of military proportions
There are runs... there are trail races... and then there's Born Survivor. Copywriters Laura Jones and Deborah Moules conquered this hardcore military-inspired obstacle course for The PHMG Foundation and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. They powered through more than 30 obstacles that saw them commando crawl under barbed wire, wade through mud at waist height and endure 10 kilometres of the toughest woodland terrain. Their stamina, teamwork and sheer determination led them to cross the finish line, raising £1,500 for CLIC Sargent.
19/09/2015 Daring to drop
Seven brave volunteers from our Development and Audio Branding teams challenged themselves to dramatic 200ft drop, as they abseiled down the iconic Trafford Centre Bell Tower. In doing so, the teams raised more than £1,000 in sponsorship from friends, family and colleagues – a sum that will go a long way towards helping Macmillan provide vital support to those suffering from Cancer.
06/09/2015 Fundraising that goes the extra mile
Business Development Manager Alistair Waldron did his bit for the PHMG Foundation as he limbered up to take part in the Richmond Half Marathon. His punishing training schedule paid off, and he completed the Kew Garden course in an impressive time of one hour, 42 minutes and 45 seconds. And in return for his hard work, he raised vital funds for Meningitis Now.
29/08/2015 The PHMG Foundation goes sky high
After their skydive was postponed, the weather was finally on the side of our brave jumpers from the London office – and Jessica Godwin, Kieron Driscoll, Tommy Fitzmaurice and Jamie Adams all finally took to the skies on the last Saturday in August. They faced their fears at 13,000 feet and took the plunge with the London Parachute school. And in reward for their bravery, they earned over £2,500 for the Great Ormond Street Hospital charity.
18/07/2015 Braving the bungee
Olivia Howlett and Alex Clarke spend their time providing expert audio branding advice, but last weekend, they put their mettle to the test as they took on the terrifying reverse bungee challenge. The daring pair were strapped in and catapulted over 100 feet in the air at breakneck speeds. And as a reward for their bravery, they raised valuable funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
20/06/2015 A mountain to climb for the PHMG Foundation
Staff from our Retention and Engineering departments had an early start on Saturday morning as they laced up their walking boots to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge. In 10 hours, they walked all of 26 miles of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough – burning over 6,000 calories and picking up a few blisters along the way. Their monumental effort raised over £1,700, which will be pledged to the Alzheimer’s Society to help them lead the fight against Dementia.
19/06/2015 Fundraising after dark
While most people were tucked up in bed or out partying, five members of our Client Services team were making their way around Manchester in the St Ann’s Hospice Midnight Walk. Hollie Hogan, Katherine Williamson, Rachel Kielty, Abigail Pilling and Charlotte Mitchell all put their best foot forward for this worthy cause, completing the 10k trek in 1 hour and 20 minutes.
14/06/2015 Lending a helping hand
Charity isn’t just about raising money, so this weekend, our Client Services department donated their time by volunteering at St Ann’s Hospice’s Summer Fete. They organised a series of carnival games and activities, helping to make the day a success for all those who attended.
31/05/2015 Setting sail for CF
On the last day in May, staff from the Marketing, Data, Sales and Production teams set sail down Salford Quays to take part in the Dragon Boat Festival. Braving the rain and high winds, our team picked up their oars to complete two races against rival companies from across Manchester, earning a respectable best time of 1 minute flat. In the process, they raised valuable funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust – and sponsorship is still flying in.
11/05/2015 Helping those who need it most
We spend the year working to support our chosen charities, but it’s also important for us to help individuals in their time of need. After seeing the devastating effects of the Nepal earthquake, we were moved to organise a collection – and thanks to the generosity of our staff, raised an outstanding £3,635. This was doubled by the company to create a grand total of £7,270, which was pledged directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee. Our Manchester staff are pictured as we presented the cheque, commemorating this exceptional contribution.
19/04/2015 A marathon effort
The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon is an epic course that works its way through many regions of South Manchester, and Client Support Manager Julian Butterworth put his endurance to the test by taking part in this challenging event. In return for his commitment and bravery, he raised £564 for the PHMG Foundation – which was all pledged to Christie’s to fund their pioneering cancer research.
The Credit Control team did the PHMG Foundation proud as they completed the Hawkshead Trail Race in the Lake District. With rough terrain and a vertical killer climb known as the Coffin Trail, the 11K course was a serious challenge – but the team took it all in their stride to raise over £1,000 for Ronald McDonald House.
18/04/2015 Putting our best foot forward
16/03/2015 Charity begins at work
We kicked off our fundraising for 2015 with a series of events held right here in our office. Staff across Manchester joined together to support our leg wax, pancake sale and FIFA Tournament – and together have already raised over £1,500. The majority of this has been pledged to Macmillan Cancer Support, and you can find out more about their valuable work by clicking here.
The final step
For the last 6 months, Directors Mark Williamson and Daniel Lafferty have been banned from setting foot in the lifts of our Manchester and London offices. On Christmas Eve, this epic challenge drew to a close, and both brave participants took their last step onto the 12th floor. Their hard work raised an incredible amount for our worthy causes, and we’d like to thank everyone who supported them throughout the ban.
19/12/2014 All white on the night
On the 19th of December, we celebrated another successful year at our Christmas Party – adding to our final fundraising total in the process. We raised record amounts selling raffle tickets and white flowers, and the final event of the year helped us hit our 2014 target.
15/12/2014 Santa’s little helpers
Santa’s little helpers in sales continued our fundraising efforts in the build-up to Christmas right here in the office. Throughout the final week of the year, our elves sold festive treats and offered their gift-wrapping services to staff across the Manchester and London offices – all in return for a donation to the PHMG Foundation.
7/12/2014 Putting a festive foot forward
With the festive season upon us, we donned our red suits once again to take part in the Santa Dash. This year, we upped the stakes by pairing up our Santas to go head to head, with the loser donating an additional £25 to the Foundation on top of the entry fee. The twist paid off, and our participants raised record amounts by completing the courses in Manchester’s Old Trafford Stadium and London’s Victoria Park.
30/11/2014 From Marylebone to Mayfair
With every London landmark right on their doorstep, staff from our southern office took a unique opportunity to raise money by walking their way round the Monopoly board. Taking in every square, they walked 15 miles up and down all 22 streets – earning their sponsorship money step by step.
20/11/2014 This time it’s personal…
The PHMG Football team had a score to settle against our sister company CVS, and once again took to the pitch in a bid to claim their victory. Despite the freezing November conditions (and the closely-fought defeat) the supporters turned up in droves to help us get ever closer to our fundraising target.
1/10/2014 Here come the girls
It was the turn of the girls to go head to head with our sister company as we hosted a thrilling netball match against CVS. Competition was fierce, and after a close match, the opposition pipped us to the post with a 12-10 win. Despite this defeat, the event was a huge success, with the entry fees and raffle raising valuable funds.
28/9/2014 Running the rainbow
At the end of September, staff from across the London office took part in the Color Run. The boldest, brightest 5k around, participants of this event are showered in a rainbow of powder paint as they cross the finish line – the perfect way to celebrate the culmination of another successful charity event.
05/07/14 The big lift ban
From now until Christmas, Directors Mark Williamson and Dan Lafferty have been banned from using the lifts in our London and Manchester offices. With a minimum of two climbs and descents a day to the 12th or 21st floor, this adds up to a total of 90km, the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest almost 10 times.
05/07/14 A rewarding day
We celebrated our achievements at the 2014 Summer Soiree – but the day wasn’t all about us. The company-wide gathering gave us a chance to raise valuable funds for the PHMG Foundation, and we added a huge amount to our total by selling raffle tickets for a coveted place on the party bus.
Raising a smile for the Smile Boutique
As part of our charitable initiatives, we recently sponsored one of our clients in their own epic challenge. Staff from the Smile Boutique cycled around each one of the 92 football league grounds, clocking up a total of 2,370 miles in just 18 days. Their efforts were all to raise money for Anna’s Hope – a charity dedicated to supporting children and young people with brain tumors. We caught up with them after they’d ticked nearby Old Trafford off their list, passing on our donation and best wishes.