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Christmas Toy Appeal Launch

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Friday the 9th November saw the Cotton Court Christmas party, and launch of our annual appeal in aid of Barnardo’s.

The event was a great success, with customers, friends and members of the Lancashire business community coming together to celebrate and donate to a great cause.

In its eighth year, the appeal aims to collect gifts for the 400+ disadvantaged children & young people that Barnardo’s supports across Lancashire; many of whom would otherwise be without a gift to open on Christmas day.

 

With the appeal now launched and in full swing, we’re reaching out to the kind people of Lancashire to ask for their help in bringing a smile to face of a young person in Lancashire this festive season.

Debbie Nolan-Plunkett, Assistant Director for Barnardo’s in Lancashire said:

“The Christmas gift appeal, which is always so generously supported by individuals and businesses across Lancashire, is such a heart-warming initiative. We cannot convey how excited and thankful the children and young people are to receive the thoughtful gifts that people purchase for them.”

Cotton Court has once again teamed up with popular media outlet Blog Preston to run this years appeal, after a successful partnership in 2017 that saw record levels of toys being donated.

You can help by donating an unwrapped gift for a child or young person between the ages of 0 – 25, with donations being received at Cotton Court Business Centre reception. Whilst all donations are welcome, there is a particular focus this year on gifts for teenagers and young adults, as it is those who we have historically had difficulty collecting for.

The appeal will close on Monday 10th December at 17.00 in order to allow the distribution of gifts in time for Christmas.

Drop Off Location

Cotton Court Business Centre (08.00 – 17.00)

Cotton Court

Church Street

Preston

PR1 3BY

 

If you’d like to know more or have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01772 507 767 or email info@cottoncourt.co.uk

Update: Christmas Toy Appeal 2018

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At this time of year the Cotton Court team turns its thoughts towards a very special cause close to our hearts. For 8 years we’ve run our annual Christmas Toy Appeal in aid of Barnardo’s.

The appeal gives the local business community an opportunity to help one of the 400 vulnerable young people that Barnardo’s supports across Lancashire, by providing a gift for them to open on Christmas Day.

Last year was the first year that Cotton Court teamed up with media partner Blog Preston, and the response was amazing, being our best year to date. We’re looking to build on that success this year by continuing that partnership and teaming up with other local businesses to spread the word and enable this great campaign.

Gifts can be donated at Cotton Court Business Centre reception, just off Church Street in Preston City Centre between 9am and 5pm, and are best left unwrapped.

We can also announce that we’ve teamed up with The Hospital Inn on Brindle Road in Bamber Bridge to provide an additional out of hours drop-off point for those wanting to donate.

However we need more partners to help us spread the word or act as drop-off points for gifts. Can you help? If so, please email us and let us know.

We’re launching the campaign with our Christmas Party on 7th November at Glovers Bar in Preston, with free tickets available HERE.


In order to get the gifts to Barnardo’s in time for Christmas Day we have to close our appeal on Monday 10th December at 5pm.


If like us, the thought of a child or young person being without a gift on Christmas Day morning is heart wrenching, then please consider helping us this year.


If you’ve got any questions, want to find out more or are able to help with the appeal, please email us at info@cottoncourt.co.uk or call us on 01772 507 767.


The Cotton Court Team

Drop-Off Locations:

Cotton Court Business Centre

Cotton Court

Church Street

Preston

PR1 3BY

The Hospital Inn

Brindle Road

Bamber Bridge

PR5 6YP

https://www.thehospitalinn.com/

Barnardo’s Xmas Toy Appeal 2018

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Cotton Court Business Centre are inviting members of the Lancashire business community to join them for their 8th annual Christmas party on the 9th November.

The party will signify the launch of the Christmas toy appeal in aid of Barnardo’s. The Cotton Court coordinated campaign collects and distributes gifts to young people in need across the county.

Members of the local business community are invited to join Cotton Court, Blog Preston and an array of local businesses & organisations from across Lancashire for the event at Glovers Bar in Preston, at 7pm on Friday 9th November until late.

There will be a complimentary bar, food and live music; with the opportunity to network and most importantly, support a great cause ahead of the festive season.

The event is free, with guests being asked to bring a gift suitable for a young person between the ages of 0 – 25. It is requested that presents remain unwrapped, and there is a particular need for gifts for teenagers.

 

 

 

Cotton Court Marketing Director Jack Barron says:

“This is the sixth year we’ve held this appeal and the response we receive from the local business community is outstanding. Our goal this year is to provide at least one present to each of the 400 young people that Barnardo’s support across the county.”

He continues…

“Traditionally we’ve struggled to provide for the older end of the age spectrum, the teenagers and above, so this year we’re giving that an extra push.

This party is a great opportunity for members of the local business community to get together, but most importantly to support a great cause at a time of year that can be quite distressing for some of these young people being supported by Barnardo’s.”

Tickets are free with no restrictions on how many each business can claim, but capacity at the venue is limited so you are advised to claim them at the earliest opportunity from Eventbrite: https://cotton-court-2018-xmas-toy-appeal.eventbrite.co.uk

 

UPDATE: Barnardo’s Christmas Toy Appeal

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Every year on the run up to Christmas we turn our thoughts to a very special cause and the people that it supports.

Barnardo’s supports over 400 vulnerable young people between the ages of 0 – 25 across Lancashire. Each year we ask businesses to dig deep into their Christmas spirit and help us to ensure that none go without a gift to open on Christmas Day.

This year we’ve teamed up with Blog Preston to spread the word to even more people, asking businesses and individuals alike, to help up put a smile on a child or young persons face this Christmas.

  

We’ve been receiving gifts for a number of weeks at our Cotton Court Business Centre reception, which is just off Church Street in Preston City Centre. But time is running out.

In order to get the gifts to Barnardo’s in time for Christmas Day we have to close our appeal on Thursday 14th December at 5pm. We’ve had a good response, but are still some way from reaching our target. We need your help on the final push!

If like us, the thought of a child being without a gift on Christmas Day morning is heart wrenching, then please consider donating a special Christmas gift. You can drop off your gift our reception between the hours of 8.30am & 5pm during the week. Alternatively, we’ve also teamed up with local partners to enable you to donate out of office hours.

Our approved out of hours drop off points for evening and weekends are:

Stratos, Avenham Street, PR1 3BN

Glovers Bar, Glovers Court, PR1 3LS

The Wellington, Glovers Court, PR1 3LS

East z East, Church Street, PR1 3BQ

We’re extremely grateful to those who’ve already donated and made a difference this Christmas, and look forward to (hopefully!) seeing you this week.

If you’ve got any questions or want to find out more, email us at info@cottoncourt.co.uk or call us on 01772 507 767.

The Cotton Court Team

Calyx Drinks is raising money for Alzheimer’s Society!

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Please help Calyx Drinks raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society by donating directly to our fundraising page – https://www.justgiving.com/Calyx-Drinks?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Calyx-Drinks&utm_campaign=pfp-email.

Please donate on our page or come and join us at Cotton Court, Church Street. PR1 3BY on 15th June between 10am and 12pm for Cupcake Day 2017. This is to increase awareness of dementia and raise funds to help this important cause. Please donate to help create a better world for those affected by dementia and to find a cure for the future.

Our syrups will be available with tea, coffee and cupcakes on the third floor at Cotton Court between 10am and 12pm on Thursday 15th June. 

You can donate on this page or come along to give your donation on the day with a cupcake and a brew. Or join us afterwards on Fishergate, Preston outside the George’s Centre where we will continue to raise funds throughout the day. It’s going to be a fun and exciting day!

Calyx Drinks make healthy drinks and syrups from flowers giving you a unique taste and experience. Please visit our website www.calyxdrinks.co.uk for more information and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/calyxdrinks and Facebook www.facebook.com/calyxdrinks

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Alzheimer’s Society and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

From Preston to India

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Our client, Andy Neale, who founded Podio PR1 Magazine under his umbrella Social Enterprise, Global Amigos, is volunteering in India this summer with a grassroots UK-based charity which he aspires to replicate through Global Amigos. “Ultimately,” he tells us, “I believe in using business as a tool for good. We have no desire to apply for funding but, instead, use commercial activities and products to help us achieve our objectives

The ultimate aim of his volunteer-led organisation is to encourage & enable local people to see the world; to break beyond the Lancashire border and open their eyes. Andy’s personal experiences abroad include Armenia with the Red Cross, South Africa with Voluntary Services Abroad and, more recently, Latin America with International Citizen Service. “I’ve always gone to support reputable charities – there’s nothing worse than companies who charge rich kids to volunteer, without actually caring about the wellbeing of those involved

He tells us that due to the infancy of Global Amigos (www.globalamigos.org.uk) there’s nothing set in stone with respect to the longer term ambitions but that, on a worse-case scenario, he’ll use the enterprise to act as a signposting platform to ensure would-be volunteers don’t get conned or ripped off by commercial operators. “My placement in India, the fact that people will (hopefully) read this, shows that we’re already part way there. There are loads of incredible opportunities out there, where the impact is measured and worthwhile and, if next year, only one local person embarks on a similar opportunity then that’d be worthwhile in my eyes… Although, naturally I’d want this figure to grow

“What I love about Chennai Challenge, the small charity I’m going out to the South of India with, is that they formed on the back of similar placements to what I’ve had. Rob, the Project Leader, is a Chemistry teacher in term time who took a Gap Year some years ago. Since then, he’s wanted to maintain the relationship with the orphanage and school and so, returns each year with a team of British volunteers, of mixed ages, with donated items & funds to conduct work; maintenance work for the buildings and engaging the slum kids in educational activities.

The charity is 100% volunteer-led and relies on donations. Andy is consequently fundraising through various means, he’s ‘pimping out his services’ for anyone who requires them (so far, he’s done cleaning, gardening, flyering and is soon to offer a 1-1 LinkedIn session for a small start-up business owner) He’s also planning an Indian inspired event, a Preston-wide raffle and has registered a text donation service (…text ‘LYFE89 £5’ to 70070) If you want to donate cash, you can head down to Cotton Court and leave some change in his Golden Spaceship in reception. Otherwise, head to justgiving.com/andy-neale-india

Best of luck Andy, from all of us at Cotton Court.

 

The Big Lunch returns to Preston with knockout challenge!

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One of Preston’s most popular summer events is returning once more to Ashton Park.

The Big Lunch, where the city joins other parts of the UK in celebrating a day of entertainment.

Last year’s event saw 2,500 people visit the event.

Jacky Hohol who organises The Big Lunch said this year’s event was to be expanded.

She said: “For the Big Lunch we’ve attracted lottery funding to add an It’s A Knockout game.

“The aim is to get local communities together over lunch and we also add lots of free local entertainment, funfairs and stalls to provide a great family day out.”

The knockout game will see teams of ten compete to take on the inflatable challenges.

Each team must raise £350 of sponsorship to take part and the money goes to support The Space Centre, Cash for Kids, St John’s Ambulance and Armed Forces Group Preston.

The Big Lunch takes place on Sunday 4 June from 11am to 4pm.

Anyone wanting to put a team into the knockout challenge can email jackyhohol@blueyonder.co.uk

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY IN SUPPORT OF BARNARDOS

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Last Friday saw the fourth instalment of the annual Cotton Court Christmas Party at Glovers bar. There was a great party atmosphere, with around 150 people in attendance, and it was great to see so many familiar faces.

The team at Cotton Court would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that attended and made the night so enjoyable, and an even bigger thank you to everyone for the amount of gifts that were brought for the children of Barnardos, our chosen charity.

Guests enjoyed the finest Indian cuisine courtesy East Z East, live entertainment and a complimentary bar at Glovers.

Barnardo’s works to transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people, and aims to enable them to fulfil their potential. The charity provides a comprehensive range of local support, counselling, fostering, adoption, education, residential and training services for more than 100,000 children, young people and their families.

It’s still not too late to donate! We are collecting presents at Cotton Court until Wednesday 7th December, so feel free to drop in some gifts to our reception.  Presents for teenagers are particularly valuable as is young carers and homeless units that are most in need of presents. Barnardo’s have also advised that the gifts are best not wrapped.

You can find out more about the work of Barnardos on their website www.barnardos.org.uk or by following them on Twitter @barnardos

We’re already looking forward to next year and we hope to see you all there again!

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150 Years and 150 Businesses!

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For 150 years Barnardo’s have helped venerable children get the help they deserve.

As the UK’s leading children’s charity, Barnardo’s worked with 240,000 children, young people and families last year.

With support from people like you, Barnardo’s run over 960 vital services across the UK, including counselling for children who have been abused, fostering and adoption services, and disability support.

During this special 150 years anniversary branding consultancy Bird, and Cotton Court in Preston have pledged their support to children’s charity, Barnardo’s. We set ourselves a challenge – to find 150 businesses from around Lancashire to in turn pledge their support!

After months of searching and gathering support from local business we have finally done it! We have officially found 150 businesses!

Everyone at Cotton Court would like to thank everyone that has pledged their support and below are just some of the amazing pledges we’ve had!

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Two Lancs Businesses Secure 330 Pledges from Local Companies to Help Vulnerable Children in County!

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Cotton Court business centre and Bird Design and Marketing pledged to sign up 150 new Lancashire companies to support Barnardo’s in its 150th anniversary year, but have managed to more than double their target only a few weeks into the campaign.

Bird and Cotton Court came together to encourage businesses across Lancashire to pledge their support to children’s charity Barnardo’s by donating their time, skills and services, money or products to help vulnerable children in the region.

Following the official ‘150 and Always’ campaign launch at Preston train station on 21 October, the initiative has so far received more than 330 pledges and raised more than £1800, with fundraising still ongoing.

Some of the pledges made range from opportunities for young people to switch on the Christmas lights with celebrities in Preston, to work placements and apprenticeships, as well as poetry sessions and visits from Santa and his elves.

Cotton Court and Bird enlisted the support of other local businesses to assist them in signing up the new businesses by building a campaign website at www.barnardos150years.co.uk , producing promotional videos and providing materials for the event.

Virgin Rail hosted the launch event at Preston train station, which was then followed by 150 hours of activity as volunteers and staff from Barnardo’s spoke with commuters and encouraged them to give their support by signing giant pledge cards.

Barnardo’s runs a number of services in Lancashire including supporting families and children with disabilities, young carers and young people who are at risk of homelessness.

Rachel Simpson, of Bird Design and Marketing, said: “We have been absolutely blown away by the response we’ve had from companies across Lancashire and to reach our target so quickly has been simply amazing, it speaks volumes of the generosity of organisations across this county.”

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Rob Binns, owner of Cotton Court, added: “What’s been really great about the pledges of support we’ve received is that they are so vastly different and give access to offer fantastic opportunities for young people in the region, ranging from offers of driving lessons, to apprenticeships in restaurant kitchens and work placements in environmental charities.

“We are also expecting the pile of presents in our annual Christmas present appeal for Barnardo’s to be stacked high this year, with lots of pledges made to also donate toys and gifts. I would like to thank everyone that has been involved for all their support for this great cause.”

Paul Wilcox, Assistant Director for Children’s Services at Barnardo’s in Lancashire, said: “We have had some simply amazing pledges made so far, and I cannot convey how much of an impact all of these generous offers will make to the lives of the children that we work with here in Lancashire.

“We are immensely grateful to Bird and Cotton Court, and to all those that have supported them in this campaign and we would ask that for anyone else that sees this and wishes to get involved by making a pledge, it’s not too late so please visit the 150 website and help us to do even more great things for the children and young people that need our help the most.”

Pledges can be made by visiting www.barnardos150years.co.uk or to find out ideas about what you can pledge.