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.
1/9/2016 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.
3/9/2016 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.