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Local company supports charities and community groups through the pandemic.

Written by on 15 October 2020

Local company gives much needed boost to local charities and community groups.
Emergency services, community fishing, charity based visitor attractions and wildlife are just some of the Staffordshire organisations who have benefited from the support of a
local company since the start of the pandemic back in March.
Despite being closed for a short time 6 months ago, due to Covid-19 restrictions, Emerys Timber and Builders Merchants, based in Cliffe Vale, have continued to pull out all the
stops and help those in need.
Support this month has spanned the County supporting Chesterton Community Angling Club in the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme and the volunteers at Cheddleton Flint
Mill, in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Chesterton Community Angling Chairman, Stuart Stockton, said: “As a club we set goals every season but back in February it was looking grim and unachievable due to current
events.
“We didn’t exactly plan any restocking as our focus was to get new paths, drainage and new pegs done on our budget.
“With the help from some fantastic savings from our club sponsors Jonathan Goodwin and Emerys builders’ merchants we have been able to re-stock our pools for our anglers”.
The club have place an order for approximately 150 crucian carp for the junior/pleasure/match anglers and also for the carp anglers they have bought approximately 13 x 17lb C4
mirror carp.
Jonathan Goodwin, general manager of Emerys at Cliff Vale said: “It’s great to be in a position where we can continue to help the local community.
“Emerys has been local to Stoke-on-Trent since 1923, we like to support local people – especially those who are making a difference and supporting others in the community.”
Only last month the West Midlands Ambulance Service football team, based in Stoke-on-Trent (WMAS FC Stoke), kicked off their season in style thanks to the support of Emerys,
and playing their upcoming fixtures at the Emerys Stadium which is also the home of Stoke City Ladies FC.
Matt Harrison has been a member of the ambulance service for 17 years and a paramedic for the last 13. The team’s manager said: “We’re very grateful to Emerys Timber and
Builders Merchants and builder Mick Clewes for their support this year.
“I met Mick when a colleague supported him through a medical emergency he had and he later offered the club’s services for our home ground.
“Emerys sponsorship, along with that from our kit sponsor Bloon will give us an identity this year, making us feel part of a team as well as taking us to a higher level with our
fundraising support for the community”.
Emerys also helped with raffle prizes on the first game of the season, enabling the team to raise over £800 for a local family who suffered the tragic loss of their son Harry
Mullington.
It isn’t the first time that Emerys Timber and Builders Merchants have supported local football. Not only do they sponsor the stadium at Norton but last season they sponsored
the kit for local charity Men Unite FC as well as football at junior level.
Staying with sport they have also continued their support of Norton Cricket Club.
Earlier in the year the Emerys team were amongst a number of businesses who supported the build of a much needed hospital for hedgehogs in Newcastle-under-lyme.
On behalf of Newcastle Hedgehog Rescue Group, Barbara Ann Poole said: “Denny, the hundreds of saved hedgehogs and all those involved in helping this amazing rescue situated
in Newcastle-under-Lyme would like to thank you from the bottom of their hearts.
“Without your support the rescue could not continue to save these unique mammals now in serious trouble with their numbers rapidly declining.
“Very special thanks go out to those who made the new “Hog Hospital” a reality by donating their time, expertise and materials”.
From working from home to travelling and shopping less often and changing the way we socialise, every one of us is having to make sacrifices but as Jonathon Goodwin
continued for some the impact of the crisis is far more serious. “Charities and community groups have been especially hit during this time.
“Not only do people not have the financial ability to support them, but they also can’t get out and about and fund raise like they used to.
“As a business it is important that when we can, we do our bit to ensure these mainstays of society continue – as well as providing the ability for people to continue to participate
in pastimes that help keep their sanity”.

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