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  1. Thurston’s raises over £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in one month

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    We’ve raised a phenomenal £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support after putting together a cycling team to cycle the equivalent of London to Paris throughout the month of May. Covering around 250 miles each, the team initially aimed to raise £5000. But after smashing their target halfway through, the team refocused and worked harder to raise over £10,000 for the charity in just one month. 

    Sadly Mick Rigby, who has been part of our Thurston’s family for over 20 years, was diagnosed with lung cancer. With the disease now spreading to his brain, we donned our cycling shorts to raise vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, which has been a great support for Mick and his family. 

    Due to covid-19 restrictions, it became a virtual event allowing the team to rack up the miles at their own pace and in their own time. They did it at home, in the gym, or outdoors in their local area with cycling apps monitoring their progress throughout. This sector has been hardest hit by the pandemic with almost all fundraising grinding to a halt. Our ‘Your Cycle 2021’ JustGiving page was one of the most successful JustGiving pages last month. Out of thousands of fundraisers, our page reached the top 1%. 

    Matthew Goff, Managing Director, said, “We’re really keen to raise as much as we can for this fantastic charity and are amazed at just how much we’ve managed to raise in one month. Thank you for your support and thank you to all of the staff who have been taking part. This is a cause very close to all of our hearts and we can’t wait to hand that money over to such a deserving charity!”

  2. Thurston Group helps local families put food on the table

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    We’ve been making regular monthly food bank donations to St Georges Lupset. Giving back to the local community and making sure everyone is able to put food on the table. 

    Sadly, some families are struggling to eat even one full meal per day. The pandemic has only made the situation worse and with thousands of job losses still forecast once the furlough scheme ends, this situation is bound to get worse. 

    They run a Food Bank offering emergency support to people in crisis situations. We’ve decided to give back and encourage our staff to bring in donations so we can do monthly drop offs to the centre.

    St Georges Lupset works with the St George’s Community Centre to provide opportunities for learning and improving wellbeing. It also serves as a drop in centre for the local community for a coffee, a chat and a bite to eat. 

    With the Community Centre they are supporting the work of the Credit Union, which provides a way of saving small weekly amounts and provides low interest loans to its members, as well as working with Christians Against Poverty. Offering money coaching to help people budget more effectively and puts people in tough with CAP debt counsellors to help work through difficult circumstances.  

    It’s been a difficult year for everyone, but even more difficult for charities who have struggled to raise funds and are worrying whether they’ll be able to continue. We want to keep this emergency support running so families will always be able to put food on the table.

    Do you want to help St George’s Lupset? You can find out more about how you can help on their website.

  3. Thurston Group chooses its charity of the year

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    We’ve chosen The Community Foundation, based in Wakefield, as our charity of the year. Which will see our employees raising funds throughout the year through a variety of events and fundraisers. While everyone has struggled over the last year, charities and community groups have been hit the hardest. 

    Created in 2007, the Foundation has been in operation for more than 13 years and covers a large geographic area to help the local community in a variety of ways. So far the Foundation has awarded more than £1.75 million to charities, community groups, and individuals across Wakefield. 

    Helping to improve the lives of those living in the area and unite the people of Wakefield. The Foundation raises funds, awards grants, hosts debates, shares advice. Ultimately aiming to be a force for good.

    There are still major pockets of deprivation and it is these areas which the Foundation targets. Hundreds of charities and voluntary groups work across the Wakefield District to try and address the inequality that exists and help the local communities. The Foundation invests in these groups while helping new ones set up, and relies on the generosity of businesses and individuals who care about the where they live and work, and ‘want to give something back’.

    With the restrictions some have found it difficult to raise money and get people motivated to help so we’re keen to raise as much as possible for our charity of the year and get our staff involved in lots of activities throughout the year. Find out how much we’ve raised for Macmillan Cancer Support