Many Wirral based charities have been hit hard during the pandemic, but have benefited from a series of charitable events organised by a Knowsley based company.
The Forshaw Group, a property restoration company, aims to engage in charitable events through team or individual activity at least once a month. This has included taking part in bespoke challenges all over the world to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity, through to fundraising initiatives much closer to home.
The next charitable event on the firm’s agenda will see its managing director and Wirral resident, Liam Hanlon, making a splash by organising and taking part in his 18th annual Across Mersey Swim on 19 September 2021 starting adjacent to Liverpool Watersports Centre at Queens Dock.
Several charities will be supported through this event, including the Southport & Ormskirk Hospital bereavement fund, Stick ‘n’ Step, Maggie’s Centres Merseyside that recently opened a new centre at Clatterbridge, and Rock Ferry based The Paul Lavelle Foundation.
Last Saturday (10 July), Wirral residents including The Forshaw Group’s managing director, Liam Hanlon, showed what they were made of in an event similar to the Ironman endurance. With the age range of participants aged 37-67, the event was jokingly named ‘Rustman’. Participants ran, cycled, and swam 115 miles, from New Brighton lifeboat station, Wirral to Holyhead on Anglesey, with the event aiming to raise over £15,000 for the RNLI. Liam was the first swimmer out of the water, and thoroughly enjoyed the Rustman experience.
Earlier in the month and braving the wet conditions on 3 July, over 60 family members and friends of The Forshaw Group took part in a sponsored walk from Parkgate to the new Maggie’s Centre for cancer care at Clatterbridge Hospital. The walk was to raise funds for and awareness of the fantastic cancer support services offered by Maggie’s centres. It was the second year the company has undertaken this event, and raised a fantastic £2,500 for the charity.
Over a year since it was first set to be scheduled, The Forshaw Group’s planned Netball Tournament for staff, family and friends took place on 26 June, in memory of Paula Roberts. It also helped to raise funds for Maggie’s Centre. 10 mixed teams competed, including Dolly’s Netball Club, at Tranmere Recreation Centre. As well as fundraising on the day, there were fun activities for all ages and abilities.
Dave Roberts, Paula’s husband, said, “Paula would have been so proud that we continue to raise monies in her memory for a wonderful charity that offers such worthwhile support to us all.”
Speaking of these charitable events Liam Hanlon, managing director for The Forshaw Group, said: “We are incredibly proud of all of our staff’s efforts in helping to raise thousands of pounds for really worthwhile causes. It’s been a tough time for charities, and we want to help as many people as possible, while providing fun and memorable events for our team, and their families and friends.”
Main image: Taking part in last weekend’s ‘Rustman Challenge’