Betty's Balloon Race 28th June

If you are in the Stokenchurch area you may be wondering why there are so many balloons in the sky… Well… Birkdale are to blame!

Today we held a balloon race (using biodegradable balloons) for our June charity day and as this is our first month in our new office’s in Stokenchurch, it only seemed right that this month’s chosen charity was a local one.

Founded by the late Betty Messenger in 2010, The Betty Messenger Charitable Foundation is a charity awarding grants to organisations, that in the opinion of the trustees, support people who fall through the cracks in society. Their current focus is on medical research for both Ovarian Cancer and Motor Neurone Disease.

The balloons have been sent on their journeys so we shall update you when they reach their final destinations. If you see one on its journey, please let us know!

If you would like to find out more or join us in raising money for this brilliant charity please follow the link:


World Book Day 2nd March

On 2nd March, the Birkdale Team were able to unleash their creativity again in support of World Book Day! From Wednesday Addams to the Bears from Goldilocks, a great effort was made all round.

A special mention to Marian Tuffin for her hand sown recreation of Ma Ingalls!!

Wear it Blue for Sophie 26th January

This charity was put forward by our Customer Loyalty Executive, Callie Everett.  She is very passionate about this charity and explains her close connection with the cause:

‘Sophie is a young girl that I worked with during my nursing training, who found out she had a terminal brain tumour when she was just 10 years old. I spent countless days with her whilst she was poorly and got to know her very well. She was an incredibly brave little lady who even when she was at her poorliest, dedicated her time to raising money to provide respite for other children with terminal illnesses like her. I still have close contact with her mum and dad and would really like to do something to raise money for this charity in memory of Sophie and to mark 2 years since she sadly lost her battle!’’

Callie organised a host of activities for the staff to enjoy, including guessing the number of blue balloons in the blue car and guessing the amount of bon bons in the jar! Shout out to our Perpetual Inventory Controller, Andy Hickinbotham for guessing the correct number of balloons, and to our Gatemate Manager, Cliff Hammond for sharing his bon bons!

To find out more and donate, visit 

Christmas Jumper Day 19th December

‘Tis the season to be jolly!

Both our office and warehouse staff showed off their best Christmas jumper during our annual charity raffle, when we raffled all the Christmas gifts that we received as a company!

In total we raised an amazing £291.00 for Great Ormand Street Hospital.

WearItPink 19th October

We joined the national WearItPink Event in support of the Breast Cancer Now charity, who engage in research around breast cancer. Our Commercial Support Manager, Dee Tomlinson was the winner of the ‘pinkest outfit’, with Sales Manager Brian Markham coming a close second with his very pink hair!

A big thanks to Abby Abernethie for the delicious cake!

Macmillan Coffee Morning 29th September

On your marks… Get set… Bake!!

On 29th September, the Birkdale Team got their aprons on and created an assortment of treats for our office Bake-off! From our very own FenceMate Post Box cake, to a delicious chocolate mountain the team really showed off their baking skills.

In support of MacMillan Cancer Support, we raised a grand total of £348.00.


Supporting Guide Dogs for the Blind

When General Manager Braden Abernethie, Internal Sales Executive Giles Bedford and Stock Controller Donny Schlaudraff, took part in a charity football match back in the summer we decided we’d sponsor the team too.  The day – 10th July – was a huge success and we’re proud to have played a part in raising £5500 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

And other Charities too…

Alongside our regular commitment to the British Red Cross, we’ve been supporting British farmers with a donation to the Farmer’s Community Network (we heard about this charity which provides a lifeline for rural families via a retired customer of ours); and donated a wine prize to Linnell Brothers to help raise funds for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Service, another vital service.

We’re proud and privileged to support all these charities.

Footballs and Friendship

Sport, play, relaxation, friends and fun…all so important in childhood and sadly often out of reach for many children across the world. So when we got the opportunity to support the work of Make a Difference Worldwide (MADW) and the Victims & Survivors Project Team in Malawi, we were only too happy to help.

Since 2012, this amazing charity partnership has completed several full-scale building projects including a poultry farm and the offices and classrooms needed to manage and develop sustainable community projects; they also help and support local social, healthcare and educational initiatives too. Everything they do aims to provide long term solutions and sustainable food resources for people living in poverty and hunger.

In September 2014, a shipment of ‘Birkdale’ footballs was amongst the supplies and gifts the team took with them. It seems a small thing, but for the children it’s the opportunity to escape their day-to-day worries for a while, enjoy a kick-about with friends and you never know, maybe even win the league sometime soon! The looks on their faces say it all.

We’re delighted to have provided the footballs and hope to help MADW with further support in future.
To find out more about MADW and their work, visit