Charity of the Year - ACT
2016 is a special year for Addenbrooke’s Hospital as it marks the 250th anniversary of the hospital and it has an extra reason to remain buoyant after the announcement that local business Mick George Ltd has selected the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) as its charity of the year, setting itself a fantastic £100,000 target.
Sepura Charity Match
It was a battle of the sponsors this weekend, as employees at Mick George Ltd and Sepura, the official shirt sponsors at Cambridge United FC took to the Abbey Stadium pitch in a bid to raise funds for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT), following the recent announcement of the newly appointed 2016 charity of the year for Mick George Ltd.
The sun was shining for a tremendous encounter that was approached in a competitive yet light hearted manner, ending 7-0 to Mick George Ltd with some moments of magic that will live long in the memory for all involved. At the same time, a creditable £400 was raised by the competing players that kick starts the businesses attempt to raise £100,000 in the forthcoming year for ACT.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’It was a nice way to start our partnership with ACT as it gave some of our employees the chance to live out a childhood dream, playing in surroundings that many would rarely get the opportunity.’’
‘’The Company is looking forward to engaging in various activities over the next 12 months to support a wonderful cause.’’
Some familiar faces returned to the Cambs Glass Stadium on Friday evening, bringing some much needed smiles to the faces of the U’s faithful, and perhaps even had a hand in the clubs change of fortune, following the first league win of the season.
The Charity Match gave U’s supporters the opportunity to replicate their heroes, playing alongside former legends, raising a commendable £3,200 for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust.
A night that will live long in the memory of the fans that participated in the fixture, as well as the family and guests that came along to witness their relations live out a dream. The excitement was clear to see from the moment the players arrived, walking through reception with an extra spring in the step, making their way to the designated changing rooms.
Greeted with their names in lights as the replica shirts hung around the dressing room, the players eagerly changed to get out on to the pitch to warm up alongside the professionals before regrouping for a team talk, ahead of the customary handshakes that take place prior to kick-off.
A fantastic encounter that was contested in a light hearted, yet competitive manner witnessed numerous magical moments.
Despite the ‘dazzling’ skill and ‘mazey’ runs on show from Luke Chadwick, the reliability of Danny Granville or the watchful eye of former international, Jack Collison, who managed the team, they could do little to prevent the resounding victory of those wearing the Amber Shirts.
A ‘masterclass’ from Micah Hyde, and the energetic Omer Riza stole the show, while the amateurs certainly played their part in the victory. Much of the plaudits will go to the goal scoring prowess of Nathan Stokes and Josh Maltby, but the box-to-box ‘dynamo’ Mat Hope set the scene, not to mention the goalkeeping heroics of Cambridge News representative, Ryan Ferrara. Club CEO, Jez George even joked: ‘not to make any arrangements, as the players will be required at Newport County’ the following day.
The evening didn’t finish there. The players regrouped in a packed hospitality suite post match, whereby U’s supporter, Stuart Proudfoot was presented with the signed match ball for his relentless dribbling, twisting and turning all night long. Proceedings were brought to a close with each of the signed professionals shirts raffled off to raise additional funds.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’This is the second time we’ve hosted the event, and in doing so have raised just shy of £10,000 for two wonderful causes, whilst providing ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities for Cambridge United fans. Once again, it was a fantastic night for all involved.’'
The newly redeveloped Outpatients’ Garden at Addenbrooke’s Hospital has been officially opened, following a yearlong partnership between Mick George Ltd and Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT).
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd, declared the garden officially open to the public on Wednesday 15th March at a dedicated launch event. The guest of honour was also joined by the hospital Chairman Dr Mike More, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust’s Chief Executive Stephen Davies, renowned sculptor Laurence Broderick and former patient Ruth Sapsed.
Mick George Ltd, leading independent supplier to the construction industry, has donated over £115,000 to develop the previously overgrown garden and provide enjoyment for patients, their loved ones and staff.
The works began in October 2016 and have recently seen the finishing touches to the space added, with the hope of bringing comfort, tranquillity and emotional wellbeing to those that need it most during their visits to Addenbrooke’s.
With the considerable contribution from expanding local company Mick George Ltd, the reconfigured space now features a number of beautifully crafted benches, a wide variety of flowers and ‘The Otter’, a water-feature commissioned for Addenbrooke’s by sculptor Laurence Broderick, who created the iconic ‘Bull’ centrepiece at Birmingham’s Bullring Shopping Centre.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd said: “We are proud and delighted to support the redevelopment of this wonderful outside space for patients, visitors and staff at Addenbrooke’s. As an organisation we are dedicated to supporting the local community, and our staff have greatly enjoyed supporting this special cause over the past year.”
Stephen Davies, Chief Executive of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust commented: “We are so grateful that the team at Mick George Ltd chose to help us with this project. Patients, visitors and staff alike will get a great deal of benefit from the garden and we are excited to see it blossom in the months and years to come.”
The team at Mick George Ltd have been busy fundraising both inside work, and during their leisure time for our Charity of the Year, the Addenbrookes Charitable Trust. Below are just a few of the goodwill activities that we have been involved with this year, and the total money raised for each activity.
- Inflatable football shootout: this has been held at numerous events across our operating areas, with prizes being put up for grabs for the person with the highest score at the end of the day; all contributing to the total figure of over £600 to date!
- Abigail Johnson, our Commercial Manager, completed the Woodhall Spa triathlon earlier on this year. She swam 400m, cycled 25k, and finished off with a 5k run, all in 1 hour and 35 minutes! Friends and family contributed to sponsoring Abigail with this incredibly tough challenge, and in total she managed to raise an amazing £1,670 for ACT.