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Remembrance Sunday

November 10th, 2017 by

Lest We Forget.

Poppies have adorned most people’s jackets over the past few weeks in the run up to Sunday’s Remembrance Day. But what exactly are we remembering? The fallen soldiers in WWI and WWII? Absolutely. They are the men and women who laid down their lives to protect and secure our futures, our democracy and for which we are all eternally grateful. The world may be a bit messy at the moment but it would have been a damn sight worse if Great Britain had lost those wars.

But we should also remember all those who have laid down their lives since then, and thank those who protect us still. Our current Armed Forces, who operate all over the world, protecting our interests and the lands and the people of other countries. They never question the politics involved. They never ask why? And they never say “no, sorry that is not my job”. These men and women put on their uniforms, wear the British flag on their jackets with pride and sit on the front line with honour, to keep our country and our people safe.

So not only Lest We Forget but also a Thank You for what we take for granted; democracy and the right to live in safety under their protection.

Girl Power at Alexander Hancock!

November 7th, 2017 by

 

As you are no doubt aware, the ladies at Alexander Hancock have had a busy year willingly facing various punishing challenges, all in aid of raising money for charities close to their hearts.

In June, Liz Hancock took part in the Summer Mighty Hike in the Lake District as part of a collective. Battling on in the blazing sunshine through rugged terrain for 25 miles! We are extremely proud to say that the total raised all together by Liz and many other brave participants, was a mind blowing £475,000 for McMillan Cancer Support.

Anneliese Alexander took to the dancefloor for a Strictly Dancing Challenge in October. This was in aid of preserving the future of the Maccabi Community Sports Centre and collectively raised £12,500, which is certain to make a huge difference.

Natalie Alexander bravely undertook the CEO Sleepout during Hurricane Ophelia and we are delighted to say, managed to raise £3,700 to help the homeless, who are particularly vulnerable now that the cold weather has set in. Earlier in the year, she also took part in a Greek walking venture across Santorini to raise money for Jewish Women’s Aid. Natalie amongst other participants, collectively raised £46,000!

Please join us in wishing these fantastic ladies a huge congratulations! We are tremendously proud of their achievements and we would like to take the opportunity to thank everybody that has contributed. You can expect more endeavours to ensue into the New Year…

x

 

Strictly Dancing with Anneliese

October 13th, 2017 by

 

We have an eventful week ahead next week at Alexander Hancock! Alongside Natalie’s CEO sleep out event, Our dancing queen Anneliese will be adorning herself in sparkles and slipping into her dancing shoes to raise money for Maccabi Community and Sports Club on Thursday 19th October.

Maccabi Community and Sports Club has been on its present site since 2006 and in just 11 years it has become a vital community building, catering for young and old alike, for the wider community. Offering sporting and cultural facilities, it is essential to secure its future for all our children and grandchildren.

In order to help with their fundraising, 9 non-dancing competitors have been paired up with professional dancers and undertaken lots of training culminating in very sore feet and their very own Strictly evening on Thursday 19th October, at The Dancehouse, Manchester.

Competitors will be competing for 2 titles, The Judges Glitterball and The Audience Vote.

There will a lot of glitter. There will be a lot of sequins. There is also likely to be a lot of fake tan and a lot of fake eyelashes. But only on the girls (we think, but you never know….).

We’re hoping that there’ll be a lot of good dancing as well! We’re sure there will be.

Good Luck Anneliese! Remember, arms up, shoulders down, head high. Oh and try to remember your steps!

No Seveeeeens here, its a 10 from us!

A message from Natalie

October 12th, 2017 by

Hurricane Ophelia is going to be hitting Britain on MONDAY 16TH OCTOBER SLEEP OUT NIGHT.. Winds up to 70mph , heavy downpours, worst of which hitting the NORTH WEST.. That is me getting wet, soaked, frozen and blown off my little legs and at the moment I only have one good one due to broken foot! Feel for me people, donate to me people!! AND more importantly think of all those who have to sleep out every single night irrespective of the weather! Please give for them if not out of sympathy for me as I have a warm bed to go home to at the end!

Natalie x

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/natalie-shalom2

Natalie’s Charity Sleepout 16th October 2017

October 12th, 2017 by

The night is almost upon us! Our very own Natalie Alexander will be taking to the chilly October outdoors donning her woollies and sleeping bag throughout the night for the CEO Sleep-out event on Monday 16th October. The event is to raise money for the homeless and vulnerable people in a number of different regions, including Manchester.

This is a cause she is truly passionate about and although this is just one evening, this is what an overwhelming number of people have to endure on a daily basis, often in unsafe and dangerous environments, putting their health and lives at risk.

There is still time to donate using the link below, you can also see Natalie’s own thoughts on the build up to the event. Any amount would make a huge difference and would be hugely appreciated by so many.

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/natalie-shalom2 

Natalie has already raised over a staggering £2,500 thanks the generosity of all who have contributed so far and we would like to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

I’m sure you will join us in supporting Natalie’s bravery. We are all very proud (especially as you only have the one working foot at the moment!) and we’re all rooting for you!

Love from all of us at Alexander Hancock x

 

 

 

CEO Sleepout: Less than 2 weeks to go!

October 4th, 2017 by

To all those who have already given, thank you so so much.. I really appreciate it and you genuinely will make a difference with your donation I promise you that.. it will get to those people we want to help

 

I just thought I would email you all with an update on the SleepOut and tell you a little about just of the Charities we are raising money for..

 

Mash.Org is a charity that assists the most vulnerable women in society; those who work as prostitutes. These are mainly women who have absolutely no other option but to sell themselves on our streets of Manchester.. they literally have no other means of living.

 

Mash.org has a drop in centre and more recently a mobile van/unit that goes into the areas where these women are working; these women who have literally nowhere else to go or have no confidence in the official organisations that exist. Many are from the Eastern Block, who speak little or no English, and were brought here under the impression they would be given jobs.. THE most vulnerable in our society.

 

They offer free condoms, clean needle exchanges and a safe space for women to come and talk through their issues, their mobile unit is on the streets 4 nights a week offering help.. on one night alone last week, they helped a woman who had been attacked, translated a letter for a girl who had been called into hospital for Cancer Treatment and who couldn’t read/understand the letter, helped 3 homeless ladies and 3 who wanted help in getting help with their drug addiction.

 

CEOSleepout helped fund the purchase of that van last year with a similar event, and it takes £15k a year to run the unit that includes all the petrol, running costs, the volunteers expenses, the translator and all the free necessities they hand out.. there is no profit made.. the Manchester CEOSleepOut will help Manchester people, Manchester’s homeless, vulnerable and needy.

 

So I am asking, to those who have not yet given but would like to, please do not put it off until later, please please give to my Justgiving Page today..any amount would be wonderful, thank you so much

 

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/natalie-shalom2

CEO SLEEPOUT

August 21st, 2017 by

As you are no doubt aware, for a few years now here at Alexander Hancock, rather than buying our clients gifts, we have been donating that money to provide Christmas Lunch for the homeless and we have been truly amazed at the positive response from you all with regards to this gesture.

This year though, I am looking to go one step further and I am taking part in an event called “CEO Sleepout” which is a charity that looks to raise money for homeless people in a number of different regions including Manchester.

I am sure we all very much aware as to how many more people are sleeping on our streets today, and quite honestly in the 21st Century this is actually a disgrace.

So I am taking my sleeping bag, a woolly hat and my gloves and sleeping outside, at Lancashire Cricket Club, on Monday October 16th from 8pm until 6am.

Not the streets of Manchester I grant you, and certainly not the same harsh and unsafe conditions the most homeless people suffer but it will go some way to understand exactly what the most vulnerable in our society go through night after night.

To this end, I am asking you to sponsor me; any amount would make a huge difference and I would be unbelievably grateful.

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/natalie-shalom2

Many, many thanks in anticipation,

 

Natalie Alexander and the homeless people of Manchester

 

Additional Links for your information:

www.entirelynorthwest.co.uk/news/charity/manchester/nw-calling-on-ceos-to-swap-suburbia-for-a-sleeping-bag2113

www.thebusinessdesk.com/northwest/news/2007845-ceos-raise-money-manchesters-homeless

www.gmchamber.co.uk/stories/member-news-calling-on-ceos-to-swop-suburbia-for-a-sleeping-bag

Liz Hancock’s Lake District Mighty Hike

June 19th, 2017 by

A massive congratulations to Liz Hancock for completing the Lake District Mighty Hike on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support.  Whilst temperatures soared and the rest of us were enjoying the glorious weekend, Liz was making her way through 25 miles of beautiful scenery with the sun beating down on her.  We are pleased to say that she, along with many other brave fundraisers, completed the long journey.

We are so proud of you for this massive achievement and for raising such a huge amount for this fantastic charity.  Congratulations and well done!

Here is a picture of Liz back at the office proudly showing off her medal.  We wish her just as much luck for the painful 10 metre walk back to her desk.

 

CEO SLEEPOUT

May 31st, 2017 by

As you are now all becoming aware, I am raising money for the homeless through a charity called CEO Sleepout whereby I will be sleeping outside on Monday 16th October from 8pm until 6am.

One of things that upsets me the most about the number of homeless people on our streets is the fact that they are ignored.. we just seem to be able to walk on by and ignore their plight, ignore their existence.. but the bomb in Manchester last week sharply brought to our attention that they just because they are homeless does not make them care less nor has it warped their sense of humanity.

Chris Parker has been homeless since 2012, living on the streets where even his mother had no idea of his plight and yet when the bomb went off, he did not run and hide, he went to the aid of an injured 8 year old and comforted her until help could arrive and stayed with a 60 year old woman who tragically died in his arms.. that is real heroism.. I thank God she was not alone and that she had Chris to hold her until the end.. that is true humanity

But until that day Chris Parker was just another faceless nonentity on our streets  and although it has been amazing that people have donated money to change his life there are still hundreds more on our streets this morning and who need our support which is why I am asking you to please please donate to this charity

If you feel that you would be happy to do so.. then please or go onto JustGiving.com and search for my name, Natalie Shalom, it will take you to my page.

Thank you so much from all the Chris Parkers out there

CEO Sleepout

April 21st, 2017 by

Each year, Alexander Hancock makes a donation to Shelter in order to support all the people who are currently living on the streets.  This is a growing problem and more and more people are finding themselves sleeping on the streets due to various reasons and circumstances.   150 families a day in Britain become homeless.

At some point during the day, each and every one of us will walk past someone who is in this situation and we will either donate some money, buy a copy of the Big Issue, or buy them a hot drink and sandwich, but we all have the same thought, ‘I hope that never happens to me’.   We all hope that we will never be in that situation where we have to sleep on a cold wet doorway with people ignoring you as you ask for help.  We all hope that we never have to walk a day in their shoes and that we can help all the people who are in that situation.

One thing you can do, is support our Director, Natalie, who will be going the extra mile and spending one night sleeping outside in order to help raise more money for this fantastic cause.  Natalie, along with many other Directors, will be sleeping outside on the pitch at the Emirates Stadium at Old Trafford, on Monday 16th October, from 8pm until 6am, in order to experience first-hand, what it is like for the many people we pass each day.  If anyone knows Natalie, you will know that she is never far from a hair dryer, loves her home comforts, and really doesn’t like the walk from the car park to the office, so for her, sleeping outside on a cold, wet and windy night in October is really a big thing and we would really appreciate any support you can give, whether that is a donation on her Just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Natalie-Shalom2 , or by giving that hot coffee that you have just bought, or the money for that quick pint that you were just popping out for to the next person that you see who are sleeping on the streets.

We would like to thank you for all of your support and any donation you make would be greatly received.