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The PHMG Foundation is our unique fundraising initiative, designed to help us give something back. Founded in 2013, it was established with one key objective in mind:

To assist any charity whose aims include relieving poverty, distress, sickness and disease.

In just five years, we’ve raised more than £290,000/$391,500 for almost 70 different organisations – taking part in 200 activities including marathons, triathlons and assault courses. 2017 was our biggest year yet, and we raised a record amount of £64,899/$87,614. With the company contribution, we donated a total of £114,899/$155,114 to our 18 chosen charities – and this incredible result is all down to the hard work and generosity of our staff.

Last year may have been a huge success, but we’re not stopping there. In 2018, we’ll once again be working towards a target of £50,000/$67,500, which will be doubled by the company if we hit the total. And this year, our trustees and staff have selected four worthy causes for us to support – The Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Action for Children and SOS Children’s Villages Illinois – meaning each stands to receive £25,000/$33,750. 

Just click the link below to make a donation, and help us make a difference to those who need it most.



05/12/2018    Global Toy Drive 

On Wednesday December 5th, PHMG staff have once again proved their incredible generosity with their overwhelming response to our Global Toy Appeal. A huge thank you to everyone who donated – you’ve helped The Salvation Army and SOS Children's Villages Illinois make a real difference in our local communities.

02/12/2018    Global Santa Dash 2018 

On Sunday December 2nd, over 300 staff completed the Global Santa Dash, raising an incredible final total of £7,636 / $10,308. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part and donated, and helped make this our biggest and best CSR event yet.

31/10/2018    Trick or Treat for charity 

On Wednesday 31st October, PHMG Manchester got into the Halloween spirit with a spooky trick or treat prize draw - raising a total of £1,100 for the PHMG Foundation. Scares were in the air at PHMG Chicago too, and their Trick or Treat prize draw raised $824. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who tried their luck.

30/10/2018    Making strides for breast cancer

On Saturday October 20th, a team from PHMG Chicago walked with survivors, caregivers and supporters of those affected by breast cancer to raise awareness and funds for the cause. Making up the miles across Soldier Field, they raised over $1,615 in aid of the American Cancer Society – contributing to life-changing research, support and treatments. Thank you to everyone that helped us achieve this fantastic fundraising effort.

Making strides against breast cancer

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.  

Marathon on our doorstep

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:

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.

10/08/2018  Tough Mudder

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.

Daring to dive

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. 

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.

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. 

28/04/2018      The PHMG Foundation Golf Day

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.

Global Toy Appeal
Global Toy Drive - Chicago

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.

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Rough Runner

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.

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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. 

Data Snowdon web-page

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. 

London Bridges website

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. 

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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. 

Northern Line  website

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.

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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.

Blackpool Illuminations 10k website

 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. 

We Love Manchester Emergency Fund

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.

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 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. 

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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.


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. 


10/06/2017      The team triathlon

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. 

I heart MCR

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.

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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.

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 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.

Tower Climb

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