50 Acts of Kindness for our 50th Anniversary

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…

#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!

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#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.

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#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!

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#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.

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#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.”

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.”

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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!

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#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.

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#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”.

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