Thursday, February 28th, 2019
A great big thank you to everyone who has supported us so far in helping to Paint Altrincham Pink this week. Here is why we are taking part.
PAINT ALTRINCHAM PINK
As Max Bygraves would have said, and for those too young to remember him.. Go Google!
“I want to tell you a story..”
It is 1990, the time when dinosaurs still walked the planet ie mobile phones were bricks, Sky was something blue above us, the Web was something spiders spun and it was also when my mum aged 47 went to the doctor with a small lump in her breast. The doctors and surgeons at The Christie Hospital were all amazing, told her it was breast cancer but so small that there was nothing to worry about, removed it and she underwent a fairly horrific course of chemotherapy. But as a family we were fairly chilled, calling her the ‘Cancer Bunny’.. after all, the doctors told us there was nothing to worry about, so we didn’t.. lymph nodes had only just been discovered as being an indicator of the cancer spreading but removal of them was not considered…fast forward 2 years and she was yellow, struggling to breathe and feeling basically shit.. The GP told her she was a hypochondriac and that she was fine.. she died 6 weeks later; secondary liver cancer which had not been picked up.
I was 26. 26 years of age and burying my mother, the light of my life, my absolute role model whom I looked up to for all of my life.
A short time after that, exploration into genes and cancer came to the fore and a small charity called Genesis (now Prevent Breast Cancer) was set up funding the research into whether or not genes could indicate a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer. My sisters and I were asked to take part in a research study as to whether or not we had the genes that meant that we too would contract cancer at some point in our future. The results that came back said “ yes we had a gene but as yet they could not identify which gene it was or what it actually meant for us long term”..
Well what it meant was that both my sisters developed breast cancer, resulting in one having regular lumps removed and tested and the other having to have a double mastectomy and chemotherapy; she was 46 but thank God because of the amazing research and development in Cancer Research medicine she is fine; we pray a lot but she is fine.
Cancer is still the worst word in the world to hear.. you hear the word ‘cancer’ but what you really hear is ‘Death’ but thankfully, and particularly for us in Manchester, we have Prevent Breast Cancer and we have the Christie Hospital which is at the forefront of Cancer treatment in the whole world. We have available to us the possibility of having our daughters tested to see if they have a rogue gene, and if they do, preventative action can be taken.
This story is not unique. Pretty much every single one of us has been touched by Breast Cancer and that is why we are Painting Altrincham Pink, for all those who have suffered and lost the battle against this awful disease; for those who are still fighting, for those who have fought and won but most importantly of all for continuing the research to ensure our children do not have to even think about taking up that fight.
Thank you to all those who have popped in and bought a prize ticket from us, and to anyone else, knock on our door.. every donation is welcome and every ticket gets you a prize..
Friday, December 7th, 2018
Here at Alexander Hancock we are proudly taking part in the Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper day again. We will be donning our festive woollies and partaking in various activities in order to raise as much money as we possibly can for this fantastic charity.
Each year, during the build up to Christmas, it is very easy to get carried away with the decorations, buying gifts, going out and celebrating with friends and family, and we forget about children, both here and abroad, that won’t be enjoying the holiday season. By donating as little as £1, you could help 16 children from diarrhoea through simple rehydration salts, by donating £2, you could pay for antibiotics for five children suffering with pneumonia, one of the biggest killers in children. We can’t stress enough how important every donation is at it really could change someone’s life. We know that this is a busy and expensive time of year but we would really appreciate anything that you can spare as it would mean so much to someone around the world.
On Friday 14th December, like many other people around the country we will be wearing our Christmas Jumpers and making our donation. If you would like to donate £2 to this brilliant cause you can do so by texting TeamAHR to 70050 or call in to our office where you can donate what you can.
We appreciate any donation, no matter how big or small as we know that it will make such a difference to a child’s life.
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
I read, with a heavy heart and no little shock, that the Student Union at Cambridge University, supposedly a seat of our brightest and best students, voted to change the way in which they supported Remembrance Sunday. The only day in our calendar when we come together as a Nation to remember those who laid down their lives for the people of this country. Those young men and women died fighting to protect our nation, our people and our society and yet, shockingly, a number of these students decided that this was wrong, that poppies were wrong, that talking about British War Veterans was wrong, that Remembrance Sunday glorified war and that we should campaign against militarism.
My first thoughts were did these enlightened individuals ever study any of Siegfried Sassoon’s or Wilfred Owen’s poems? Nothing glorified there. Did they ever study History in school? Because nothing I was taught glorified war. Did they ever even see the film War Horse? Because even Hollywood did not manage to glorify war. And my second thought was just plain anger.
We all live safely under the cloak of democracy, with the right to question, criticise and protest ONLY BECAUSE of those thousands of young men and women buried under small white crosses. How dare any of us undermine the bravery and the ultimate price paid by our soldiers? How dare we take for granted the rights we have, that had these soldiers not fought for King and Country we would be in a very different world; one where free speech and the right to protest would not exist.
To people like me, whose grandparents lived through two World Wars, the horrific consequences of war, the fear of what the world could have been had we not fought against tyranny and evil are so embedded in our psyche that we are in no doubt as to why we need to remember. It is not to glorify war, it is to ensure that it does not happen again, that tyrants are never again given the opportunity to gas light society and never again should parents have to worry that their children might be conscripted to a front line. Never again should we have to watch thousands of men and women march down the streets waved off by their families. Never again for those families to receive telegrams explaining that their child was Killed in Action, or have to help them recover on their return from those horrors that they encountered. This is something the younger generations have been saved from, and please God they should always be saved from, but it has meant that they are insulated from the reality of war. There is a lack of understanding as to why the World Wars took place; maybe they believe it will never happen again but the one thing my grandfather, who lived to be a 101, taught me, is that it is only by remembering that it can be prevented. Because as sure as eggs are eggs if we take peace for granted, if we forget those who fought for peace, if we learn no lessons from those who died, then it is a very short journey to yet another World War.
Remembrance Sunday is not about governments or politics. It is about the ordinary man who is called upon, at times of great darkness and conflict, to stand up and fight for what is right. No-one sane wants to go to war, but sometimes we have to, to protect what is right and what is just. It can easily be argued that some wars entered we would have been better staying out of, but that has nothing to do with our Armed Forces. They do what is asked of them, without question, for the genuine good of us all and for that reason alone we have a duty to wear our Poppies, to stand silently around a war memorial with heads bowed in remembrance and gratitude to them.
And for that reason, and that alone, we would and should thank the Armed Forces, past, present and future for their bravery and protection; we will be wearing our Poppies with pride and eternal gratitude on Sunday 11th November 2018.
Monday, September 24th, 2018
Alexander Hancock is proud to announce that we will be taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September. It is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer and donations on the day are made to Macmillan.
One in two of us will face cancer, and the money raised at the coffee morning will help them make sure no one has to face it alone and gives people the support need to live their lives as fully as they can.
If you are lucky enough to have an appointment with us this Friday, our team will be putting on our baking hats and aprons and baking up a selection of delicious sweet treats for the office! Fierce rivalry can be expected to ensue..
More information on The MacMillan Coffee Morning can be found can found by visiting the link below..
Thursday, August 16th, 2018
Thursday 16th August: A Level results day is now upon us and although we hope many of you have obtained the grades needed for your chosen University, there will be some of you who may have just fallen short of what you had expected or perhaps you have decided for whatever reason that Higher Education isn’t the path for you at this time. Please do not be despondent as no matter what your results are, you have many options available to you!
The most important step is to take a deep breath and take stock of the avenue you wish to go down. If you are still wanting to go to Uni, UCAS Clearing gives prospective students the chance to find places on university courses that still have vacancies, including at a number of top institutions. Please take a look at the below link as a guide:
You can also consider retaking exams so please speak to your Head of Sixth Form or class tutors, there is a handy guide to this in the link below:
There is also the option of taking a break from education and having a gap year which can involve travelling or finding a job. If you do decide to venture into the world of work, this is something we can help with at Alexander Hancock Recruitment.
We deal with office based positions across the board, at all levels, including entry level positions. Please see the link below for some of the entry level vacancies we are recruiting for right now:
Our consultants would be delighted to receive your CV if you could please send it over to CV@alexanderhancock.co.uk
Other key sources and information:
Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
The excitement is building… anticipation is palpable… success is possible .. and it’s coming home….
Because Gareth Southgate has done what so many England Managers have failed to achieve in the past, he has created a team.. the youngest group of players our country has ever put in to bat, the least experienced and yet they are the most successful, smashing records throughout this tournament.
And why? Well because they implemented, as a team, some rules and values such as:
No phones at the meal tables so they communicate together, gel as one group and a group is always stronger than its separate parts
No Divas, unlike the so called “Golden Players” of the past who were more concerned about their individual egos than the good of what they can achieve as one, this group of youngsters want to play together for the good of their country, because they have real pride in wearing an England Shirt and pride leads to a desire to succeed and in turn success
And they have a Manager who looks the part (who doesn’t love his waistcoats?), is calm yet focused, supportive of and instils confidence in his players; teams are created from the personality who heads up the team and their attributes filter down to the whole team
And because their audience is willing them on to win and that will to succeed can overcome any competition
So… Come on England.. We are behind you.. Make us proud and Bring It Home!
Friday, June 22nd, 2018
The glamorous Directors of Alexander Hancock amongst friends looking sensational at Royal Ascot yesterday!
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
To remember all those who lost their lives at The Manchester Arena 12 months ago today, to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones and for all those who were there that night and have had their lives changed by their experience.. we are thinking of you, praying for you..
Manchester is an amazing city, full of amazing people, we all stand together against acts of terrorism, for the sake of humanity and for the hope of peace x
Friday, April 13th, 2018
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Winter Olympics 2018, South Korea and possibly our best performance ever at these games..
Now let’s not get too excited, we have not exactly swept the medal board away but we are a little country with NO SNOW! Plenty of rain, it’s true, but as of yet the Olympic Committee are not looking to create an Olympics based on being bedraggled and damp and nor do I hear of any new sports coming to the fore that include umbrellas… but if they do… heck GB will be right up there on the podium!
But what it has shown is that our little island can hold its head up high and as always, punches above its weight and always will. Never underestimate the power of the small but perfectly formed; there speaketh a 5ft 2” power house!
2018 has started well, we genuinely have some of the best calibre of candidates that are available in Manchester across all disciplines. And you may wonder why that is. Well it is mainly down to our clients who are some of the most successful, forward thinking and best employers in Manchester. We often hear from new candidates that they came to see us because we seem to advertise the most interesting and superior jobs and they want to work for such companies… Success breeds success.. so if you are looking for a new career, or know of anyone who is, then please contact us with your CV