Our Chosen Charities
Myerson are keen to give back to the community. Fundraising and volunteering are perfect ways for us to help out local charities.
In August 2016, our staff voted to choose two local charities to support between September 2016 and August 2018. Please see below information about our chosen charities and please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to make a donation.
The Weekend Day Centre for Dementia Care – Registered Charity Number 1168454
The Weekend Day Centre provides informal weekend and bank holiday care facility for people suffering from dementia and their carers within the Stockport borough, including Marple.
The Centre is open every weekend and bank holiday throughout the year (except Christmas Day). The Centre provides day care for up to 40 dementia patients each day. Carers are also welcome to attend or have a break at home for the day. The Centre offers a wide range of activities and entertainment to suit all tastes and abilities for people who live with dementia. Activities include crafts, quizzes, bingo, games and gardening. Entertainment ranges from singers and dancers to choirs and comedians. The Centre celebrates all personal, national and important events. The Centre also takes care of any personal care needs as and when required and provides breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.
The Centre started in Stockport in December 1991 and achieved charity status in 1993. In 1999 the charity gained national recognition by being awarded first place in the Carers Scheme category at the Social Care Awards, the first year that these awards were presented.
The prevalence of dementia increases with age. It is currently estimated that there are 3,800 people in Stockport with dementia and it is assumed that if prevalence rates remain the same and the population changes as expected there will be an additional 1,270 people living with dementia by 2025 (source: Stockport Dementia Strategy).
The Counselling & Family Centre – Registered Charity Number 1133079
The Counselling & Family Centre (CFC) was founded in 1975 in response to a local call for easily accessible support for individuals and families experiencing intolerable stress.
The CFC currently offers counselling, support groups, courses and supported volunteering opportunities from its centre in Altrincham and at other locations across Trafford and Manchester. This vital support is offered free of charge to families on lower incomes entirely due to the generosity of funders and donors. No one is turned away, it does not matter what the postcode or the problem, the first appointment simply takes a phone call or an email. A team of 35 counsellors and 5 clinical supervisors ensures that client appointments, group support and courses are available from 9am to 9.00pm weekdays and on Saturday mornings.
Within the team are many specialist counsellors, enabling the charity to provide counselling support across a broad range of issues for children and young people between the ages of 5 and 17 years, for adult individuals, couples, families, families struggling to cope with the impact of addiction within their family unit, and for parents with perinatal issues.
The Great Myerson Menu
Recently, a number of members of the firm’s CSR Committee (Vicky Biggs, Rachel Sugden, Caroline Deathe and Jordanna Reynolds) have been kept busy designing a cookbook full of recipes contributed by a large number of members of staff at Myerson. This was all to raise money for our two nominated charities – the Counselling and Family Centre in Altrincham and the Weekend Day Centre for Dementia Care in Stockport.
In total, we have raised over £800 for our two charities. We also hope the charities will be able to claim Gift Aid on our donations which should mean the charities receive approximately £200 extra taking the grand total for our culinary efforts to over £1,000. The sums raised will be split equally between our two local charities to support them in their very worthwhile causes.
Barnabus Appeal 2017
This year we chose to support the Barnabus homeless appeal for the third year running.
Barnabus are a homeless charity based in Manchester which started 25 years ago with just one man walking the streets, giving out food and drink to the homeless. They now offer a lifeline to hundreds of visiting homeless and vulnerable people each week, many of whom have severe addictions or mental health issues. Read more here.
Myerson will be taking part in a firm wide 27 mile walk in the Peak District on Saturday 9th June 2018. We estimate that the average time taken to complete the challenge will be between 10-12 hours of walking. There are over 1,000 participants already signed up for the 2018 challenge. We are looking forward to taking part in this challenge and raising money for both our dedicated charities.