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NLTG were established in 1969, so, we wanted to carry out 50 Acts of Kindness as part of the celebrations for our 50th Anniversary in 2019. Some are large gifts and some are small ‘helping-hands’. Here is a list of what we have achieved so far…

#43 – ‘Big Night In’ Hamper donated to East Lancs Hospice Fundraising Event
An NLTG member of staff recently held a fundraising event for East Lancs Hospice who support patients with life-limiting condition and their families.
NLTG donated a ‘Big Night In’ hamper worth £100 to contribute the the raffle and in total, they raised over £4,000 on the evening!

#42 – £500 donated to The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust
CAFT provide a variety of free programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children. They have previously supported an NLTG member of staff and her family by giving them the opportunity to enjoy a holiday at the farm together and so, she wanted to give something back. NLTG’s Recruitment team decided to bake a variety of cakes to sell at our recent team briefing to raise money for CAFT. We also had another ‘non-uniform’ day and a raffle on the day.
In total, the team raised a whopping £450.20 on the day which NLTG rounded up to £500.

#41 – NLTG staff cycle 50km for Macmillan Cancer Support
As usual, NLTG held a Macmillan Coffee morning raising £152.32. This year, to help raise more funds, 9 NLTG staff members cycled 50km for 50 years around the Preston Guild Wheel. They raised £167.50 giving a grand total of £319.82 to be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

#40 – NLTG staff swim a mile for Macmillan Cancer Support
The granddaughter of one of our members of staff has been diagnosed with cancer and so he and 5 other members of staff decided to raise some money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The mile long swim took place at Capenwray Quarry and they raised a total of £1607.
Well done team!

#39 – £500 sponsorship for Hunters Cheer
After previously supporting Hunters Cheer, NLTG decided to sponsor them for this season. The £500 sponsorship enabled them to purchase new hoodies for the team.

#38 – Table and benches made and donated to Nightsafe for DIY SOS Children In Need Big Build
Nightsafe is a Blackburn based charity which provides support to young people who are homeless or vulnerably housed. The current building was bursting at the seams so DIY SOS took on the project of transforming an old church hall into a much needed larger emergency accommodation centre for Nightsafe.
NLTG’s Centre of Vocational Excellence made and donated an indoor table and an outdoor table with two benches to be used in the new accommodation.

#37 – NLTG sponsor Bolton County U17 football kits
Bolton County FC aims to promote football for children, from the age of 6 right through to open age football.
NLTG have previously supported the club and have this year decided to sponsor the kits for the U17 Rockets and Bullets teams.

#36 – NLTG designed and printed business cards for Tender Nursing Care
Tender Nursing Care is a local charity which since 1979 has provided overnight care and support for people with life-limiting conditions in their own homes.
NLTG designed and printed business cards for them to hand out at events in order to help raise awareness and gain more support.

#35 – Complimentary course for Charlotte at Carers Link
NLTG delivered a Food Safety course free of charge to Charlotte at Carers link which is an independent registered charity whose aim is to support unpaid carers across the boroughs of East Lancashire.

#34 – Cupcakes and scones donated for St John’s Baxenden School Gala
St John’s Baxenden Primary School held a school gala to raise funds for the school.
We donated 50 cupcakes and scones to be sold at the event helping the school to raise a total of £1571.90 towards school funds.

#33 – £25 sponsorship to Vicky and her sister for The Little Princess Trust
Vicky Bailey is one of NLTG’s Catering and Hospitality Tutors. Vicky and her sister, Gemma, have been growing their hair to donate approximately 30cm to The Little Princess Trust who provide real hair wigs free of charge to children and young people that have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.
Alongside this and to help pay for the cost of actually making the wigs, Vicky and Gemma signed themselves up for The Race for Life in June running 5km in 37 minutes.
NLTG sponsored them £25 helping them raise a grand total of £388! Well done ladies!

#32 – NLTG sponsor Pierce staff £25 for 3 Peaks Challenge
Pierce have been NLTG’s accountants for many years and they approached us asking for us to sponsor them on their fundraiser for East Lancashire Hospice.
The team of 13 staff and friends conquered the national three peaks on Saturday June 1st. They reached the top of Wales’ Snowdon, Scafell Pike in Cumbria and Scotland’s Ben Nevis within 26 hours! NLTG sponsored the team £25 helping them raise a total of over £3000!

#31 – NLTG donate a mobile phone to Hunters Cheer
Hunters cheer received a mobile phone courtesy of NLTG to allow them to easily contact one another regarding details to any upcoming events, this also allowed them to successfully run social media pages to advertise their group.

#30 – Mobile phones and laptops donated to Brikama Nursery in The Gambia
NLTG have donated mobile phones and laptops to aid the teaching and learning of the students of a Nursery School in The Gambia.

#29 – £50 One4All Voucher donated to Darwen Rangers Junior FC
Darwen Rangers Junior FC recently held their end of season presentation evening which was well deserved after all of the hard work from the players all season. The club also held a fun day where all the teams at Darwen Rangers participated in a football tournament. All of the proceeds from both events will go back into the club to help lay new pitches and pay towards new football kits.
NLTG donated a £50 One4All voucher as a raffle prize which one of the parents, Louise delightfully won. Congratulations Louise!

#28 – £250 sponsorship for NLTG staff members for 100k Bike Ride
NLTG staff members, Damian Crawshaw, Penni Thomson, Damian Ward, Stephen Hetherington, Jamie Riley and Sasha Johnston, along with family and friends, recently cycled 100k from Manchester to Blackpool in aid of Cancer Research UK.
NLTG sponsored the group £250 and are happy to have contributed to their overall total of nearly £4000!
Well done to you all!

#27 – NLTG support Peel House Medical Practice’s Tea and Cake Morning
Peel House Medial Practice recently held a Tea and Cake Morning in aid of Motor Neurone Disease in support of a colleague who has recently had a diagnosis after 11 years of devoting her nursing career to caring for patients and colleagues.
NLTG printed the posters for the medical practice so that they could spread the word, as well as visiting on the morning with a donation of cakes to sell.

#26 – £200 donated to Milly’s Smiles
NLTG recently held their very own HIITSTEP class hosted by the companies Starts Engagement Officer, Sasha Johnson along with Sally Randall and Crystal Kirkputt. 30 members of staff took part in the intense but fun class and each made a donation for the charity.
In total, the team raised £200 for Milly’s Smiles Charity, who very kindly came along to support the class on the day.

#25 – £350 donation to DanceSyndrome
At NLTG’s recent team BBQ, we had a ‘non-uniform’ day. Staff were asked to pay £2 to wear their own clothes and in return were given a raffle ticket to be in the a chance of winning a prize. Donation buckets were also stationed around the BBQ for extra donations.
In total, the team raised a whopping £309.53 on the day which NLTG rounded up to £350.
We decided to donate this to a fantastic dance school called DanceSyndrome, who focus on including everyone, regardless of ability.

#24 – Kevin raises money for Prostate Cancer UK by ‘Busking4Charity’
NLTG recently held their first team BBQ, where Kevin McFarlane, the companies Health & Safety Appraising Officer, stepped up to the mic by ‘Busking4Charity’. Kevin performed a few songs for the whole team, whilst playing the guitar, giving staff members the chance to throw a donation into Kevin’s guitar case.
Kevin raised an astounding £102.20! NLTG rounded this up to £200 and the money was donated to Prostate Cancer UK.

#23 – £50 One4All Voucher donated to Rossendale Valley Junior FC
Rossendale Valley Junior FC recently held a End of Season Presentation and Fun Day to help raise money to cover winter training costs and continue providing football for over 300 players.
NLTG donated a £50 One4All voucher as a raffle prize which through selling raffle tickets, helped the club raise £155, contributing to a total amount of £1633 on the day.

#22 – £50 sponsorship for Carl Morris for running the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
Carl Morris, NLTG’s JCP Provision Manager, took part in the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon! Carl was running for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and raised over £1000 for the charity.
NLTG sponsored him £50 and are glad to of helped him reach his target!

#21 – NLTG sponsor Damian Ward £50 for the London Marathon
NLTG Glass Apprenticeship Manager, Damian Ward, ran the London Marathon with a friend for the charity Brain Research UK. NLTG sponsored them £50 which contributed to the grand total raised of over £4000!
Well done to you both on a massive achievement and the amount of money raised!

#20 – 250 Show Schedule’s printed for B.A.G.S
The Baxenden Allotments and Garden Society (B.A.G.S) are holding their 66th Annual Society Show in September 2019. We were approached by one of the organisers and asked to sponsor the show schedule and have printed 250 of the 16 page booklets.

#19 – NLTG Staff register as Blood Stem Cell Donors
Every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is told they have a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. A blood stem cell donation from a matching donor could save the lives of many people with a blood cancer or blood disorder.
Some NLTG staff have registered to be on the UK Aligned Stem Cell Registry having sent off swab samples to become a stem cell donor for blood cancer.
Visit DKMS for more information and to find out how to become a blood stem cell donor.

#18 – Re-upholstered office chair for High School
St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School in Wigan approached us and asked if we could re-upholster a chair in the school office. Our CoVE learners were happy to help. Jane and Sharon from the school thanked us and said this has improved the office so much.

#17 – Cupcakes for Year 6’s after finishing SATs
NLTG Managing Director Gareth Lindsay visited Belthorn Academy Primary School at the end of SATs week to present the year 6’s with a cupcake each which said ‘You survived SATs week… Well done year 6! From everyone at NLTG.’
Well done Year 6’s for finishing your SATs, you deserve a treat!

#16 – £80 donated to local Samaritans branch
Samaritans is a unique charity with almost 17,000 trained listening volunteers who are dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection.
NLTG have donated £80 to Samaritans to support their Pay for a Day Scheme. This donation helps to keep their Blackburn office open giving them the opportunity to continue the 24/7 service to local people who may need their support.

#15 – £50 sponsorship for 3 year old Bess to do a 3km walk
3 year old Bess, daughter of NLTG’s Louise Bullock, bravely took part in Oli’s Charity Walk at Knowlsley Safari Park. Oli’s Safari Walk has become a wildly popular event. Not only is it a great family day out but also registration and sponsorship’s help make a remarkable difference to young patients at Alder Hey Children’s Charity.
NLTG sponsored Bess £50 and she raised a total of £402. Well done Bess!

#14 – NLTG support Jason’s Wheels Ball by providing programmes
Jason’s Wheels hosted a very successful Community Fundraising Ball to raise money to help children with additional needs ride a bike regardless of ability. After previously donating to the charity, NLTG were delighted to help by providing the programmes for the ball.
NLTG staff who attended the ball said that it was a fantastic evening and great to see so much money being raised for such an inspirational charity.

#13 – 70 deck chairs donated for community events
NLTG were asked produce 70 deck chairs which have been donated to the community. Historically for #AmazingAccrington events, straw bales have been used as seating which has been an ongoing cost. The solution was to create seating which could be reused for multiple events.
Gareth Lindsay, NLTG Managing Director, said, “It’s our pleasure to get involved with #AmazingAccrington and support the events. This was a great idea put forward by Murray, and I’m sure they will make a great addition throughout the year.”

#12 – NLTG sponsor the Hyndburn Netball League
NLTG have sponsored the Hyndburn Netball League for 2019. The league have struggled with rising costs of the use of sports halls and umpiring and NLTG’s support will help keep this cost as low as possible. The £500 sponsorship will help provide over 300 ladies with the opportunity to stay fit, healthy and socialise with current and new team members.

#11 – Easter eggs donated to ELHT&Me for Blackburn Hospital’s Children’s Ward
ELHT&Me is the official charity for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. They encourage staff and the public to raise funds and make donations in order to improve the health and wellbeing of the local population. NLTG donated a range of Easter eggs to Blackburn Hospital Children’s Ward with the hopes of making the young patients Easter that little bit better.

#10 – 5 boxes of food and toiletries donated to St James Food Bank
After the success of the previous collection by our Recruitment Team we decided to open up another food back collection to the whole team. We had collection boxes at our Team Briefing in March and also around the offices for people to continue to donate. We have now donated a further 5 boxes of food and toiletries to St James Food Bank.

#9 – Defibrillator, desks and a filling cabinet donated to Baxenden Golf Club
Baxenden Golf Club are a local golf club who were in need of some office furniture. Wendy Walkden, NLTG’s Housekeeping Team Leader, is involved with the golf club and thought NLTG could support them with their need. We were happy to help and therefore have donated two desks, a filing cabinet and also a defibrillator to the club.

#8 – Recruitment Team donate boxes of food to local food bank
Throughout the month of February, NLTG’s Apprenticeship Recruitment team collected and purchased food/toiletries to donate to a local food bank. On 4th March, the Recruitment team visited Lisa Hilton at St James Church to donate 8 boxes of items. St James food bank is a non-funded charity which relies purely on donations from the public. Lisa was extremely grateful for all donations and stated that currently, within the Accrington borough, there are no registered homeless people due to the hard work and kindness of the local people.

#7 – NLTG Donate a laptop to a school in Tobago
On behalf of North Lancs Training Group, Simon Clarke presents the Head Teacher of Bon Accord School in Tobago a laptop for the benefit of pupils.
Simon comments, “I can honestly say that the visit to the school was the highlight of my whole week in Tobago. The children were all smartly dressed and welcomed us with beaming smiles and fist pumps. The teaching and learning environments were challenging to say the least. The only technology in the classrooms that I saw during the visit was a very old television so the provision of a laptop will inevitably benefit the school and its pupils.”

#6 – 20 folders donated to St John with St Augustine C of E Primary School
NLTG have donated 20 folders to St John with St Augustine C of E Primary School children for them to use in class and for their homework. The folders have been well received with the children putting them to use right away.

#5 – £50 One4All voucher donated to Jason’s Wheels
Jason’s Wheels is a family run charity who dedicate their time to raising funds for local families who may need help towards accessing the set of wheels which their son or daughter may require. NLTG have donated a £50 One4All voucher as a raffle prize for Jason’s Wheels Fundraising Ball.
We look forward to supporting this fantastic cause again in the future.

#4 – Hot drink for a homeless person
When stopping for fuel on company business, one of our Apprenticeship Managers also purchased a hot drink for a homeless person.

#3 – 8 Circus tickets purchased for Derian House Charity
Derian House Children’s Hospice provides specialist care and respite to children and young people with life-limiting or life-shortening conditions. NLTG purchased 8 tickets for children who receive this invaluable support to visit a local Circus!
We hope they enjoy the show!

#2 – £30.83 donated to Pendleside Hospice
Last year, instead of staff buying each other Christmas cards, we decided to put a bigger Christmas card on reception for everyone to sign. Staff could then leave a personal message to all the team and also make a donation to a good cause. The total raised was £30.83 which we recently donated to Pendleside Hospice.

#1 – Donation of 10 ‘A Good Day’ Gift boxes
Pictured is NLTG’s Managing Director, Gareth Lindsay handing over a donation of 10 A Good Day gift boxes filled with a variety of products designed to help people with Dementia with daily life.
Gareth said “We are delighted to support such a fantastic cause at Christmas”.