|It has been a while since the last newsletter but not due to the lack of activity. Lots has been going on with with both the runners safety project and the projects / fund raising by you, leaving me with little time to keep everyone up to date! For this I apologise, but it is great to see the progress and you can read all about it below!Tim Good
Safety for runners!
We mentioned in the last newsletter that we’d been involved in setting up a new organisation called the IIRM. This organisation is operated by some of the leading medical teams in marathon running internationally. We hope to help them push best practice in medical training to all 10k, half marathons, full marathons and other endurance events in the coming years. In April we attended the medical conference at the London Marathon where it was launched to the public and the international medical community. It was extremely well received! You can read a little more about this and see some photos by visiting:
In addition, the research project that we are undertaking with Loughborough University has finally been signed off and will begin shortly. This overlaps with the IIRM somewhat and they will work together to try and further medical best practice and education to runners taking part in endurance events.
Well done to all those that took part and raised money for the John Good Tash Team! The staff together raised £5000, bringing the total to £10,000 after the Foundation had matched. Congrats to John Garnier from the Hull office as the Man of Movember and to Tom Ellis from Brentwood for the most creative Mo! Commiserations to Stuart BENNETT from Felistowe for the lame Mo!
Hedon Methodist Youth Club
In Autumn 2012 Kevin Harrison, MD of Good Travel, successfully applied for a grant from the Matthew Good Foundation to help support the development of a Music Club at the Hedon Methodist Youth Club. Whilst already in its infancy, the club needed some financial assistance to help with equipment and to enable some of the children to attend musical events and concerts. For more info please visit:
Christmas Day Dip!
Alison Woodley once again braved the sea on Christmas day to raise money for the St Elizabeth’s Hospice. What a crazy but fantastic achievement! I have a feeling she may be in for another go this year? Maybe we should get a local team together to join in to support Alison in December!
Hull Women’s Aid
Over 10,000 cases of domestic violence and abuse are reported to the police in Hull and the East Riding every year. Hull Women’s Aid are the only domestic abuse service in Hull to offer 24 hour cover 365 days a year. The Foundation has supported Hull Women’s Aid with an application from Julie Good this year to help fund Christmas presents for the 15 children in residence and to contribute towards the repairs to the children’s playground to make it safe.
The Manchester office continue to do a sterling job of raising money for good causes with their Lucky 13 draw each month. To name but a few, Emma Partington donated to The Dogs Trust, Seamus Jennings donated to the Little Sisters of the Poor, Kathy Moore donated to the NSPCC, Paul Ferguson donated to Parkinson’s and around November 2102 both Brian Dalby and Seamus Jennings also donated their winnings to Movember.
Aimee Yuille, who runs the Lucky 13 draw, is very pleased to announce that the majority of staff from CBI Transport joined the Lucky 13 draw 2 months ago and said… “It’s great that they ‘re showing their support not only for the Matthew Good Foundation but also the charities it strives to help”.
Humber Night Challenge
In March Julie Good took part in the Humber Night Challenge, a 12 mile walk in the dark across East Yorkshire countryside, organised by the Tribune Trust. The Tribune Trust supports projects which promote good citizenship and safer communities, protect the vulnerable, tackle drug and alcohol abuse and promote sport as a healthy alternative to drugs and crime. 120 young people, many of whom are on the cusp of offending, take part in the Challenge. Julie raised an amazing £2000, on top of which, the Foundation contributed £1000! For a wet and miserable photo of Julie at the end of the night visit:
Ipswich Valley Rangers
The IVR is football club has an ethos that is not to “win at all costs”. They are however fully committed to the development of children irrespective of their age, gender or ability. Their aim is to give as many children as possible the opportunity to access good quality coaching and playing facilities and to bring fun and enjoyment to everyone.
In 2012 Lisa Sharman put the Foundation in contact with the IVR. They lacked their own football ground and they were faced with a big problem as they continued to expand. The Foundation made a grant to the IVR this year to help produce a promotional video that could be used to appeal to local land owners who might be able to sell some land to the IVR help them to create a home ground. The video is currently being filmed and we look forward to seeing if they are successful this summer!
Hull Food Bank
Food Bank is a hugely successful initiative in many major cities across the UK. Our Chairman, John Rutherford, asked the Foundation to help the local Food Bank group in Hull with storage ranking for food parcels before they are distributed to individuals, while they work out a more permanent solution. The Foundation granted £650 to this great cause.
Andy Sison ran the 2013 London Marathon and raised money for the National Gulf Veterans and Families Association! A very good cause indeed. Recently Andy discovered that Steve Mackerman from the Hull office actually served in the Gulf War who advised Andy that the National Gulf Veterans and families association required a runner to run and raise money for them. Andy said… “I have been overwhelmed by the amount of people who have told me of someone they know, whether it be a friend or family member, who has served in one the Gulf wars. After personally seeing courage and stories of service personnel who have developed illnesses after returning from both Gulf war’s on TV or in the press, I was honoured to raise money for this charity”.
Andy raised over £700 and the Foundation matched this!
Scouts Hut – Project Championing
Joanne Miller from Good Travel was one of the first people to apply for the new Project Championing Grant. Joanne was involved with scouts group and they were trying to raise money for a new hut but since the fund raising efforts were combined with many non staff members, then Grass Roots and Match Funding were not really applicable. As such Joanne applied for £1000 as a direct grant which we felt was a worthy cause and accepted happily. Joanne said:
“I would like to thank you all for approving my recent application for match funding. The £1000.00 generously donated is a huge help towards our goal of building a new scout hut. The present hut was built in the 1950s and had a life expectancy of 25 – 30 years, so it has served us well, but desperately needs to go! My sons took the cheque to present to their groups on the 4th December and have been thoroughly spoiled by their troops ever since! “
Girl Scout helps in Ethiopia
Kevin Harrison, MD of Good Travel, is closely connected with the Scouts Group in Hedon, Hull. He received an letter for financial support from a young lady called Alyx Adams who attends the Guide pack which Kevin’s daughter attends. Alyx was been selected by Girlguiding Northeast to go to Ethiopia in August 2013 to carry out a community project based upon improving quality education for children. The cost of the expedition was £2500 and Alyx was raising money locally in Hedon through various methods and we were happy to contribute to this effort in an Championing Grant of £300.
|Good Trek 180
July 6th is the date for the 180 Transpennine walk to celebrate the 180 years in business for the John Good Group! It will start in Liverpool and end at the Hull office for a drinks, some music and a bit of a celebration! It isn’t too late to join in and don’t worry, you don’t have to walk the full 180 miles! A staggered start means it will be broken down into small sections and completed in a single day, with the final stretch completed by most of the team! Speak with your office Foundation Rep if you fancy taking part! Money raised will be donated to the RNLI.
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