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ESE Direct Charity Days

Here's a few of the things that we've been up to over the years.
Following a fantastic couple of years working with Break charity, we simply couldn't resist when the opportunity to sponsor a GoGoHare hopped up! The hares will be the third charity sculpture trail organised by Break and the hares are set to hit the pavements in June 2018. Be the first to hear all the latest news and updates of our hare by following our blog, Twitter and Facebook.

We were extremely proud to work alongside Break as one of their corporate sponsors for 2016.

During the summer of 2015, those local to Norwich will almost certainly have spotted a dragon or two adorning the city streets. Following on from their hugely successful charity trail of GoGoGorillas in 2013, in 2015 Break Charity launched their trail of GoGoDragons. We followed the trail, along with our dragon George and donated £5 to Break for each dragon we visited (all 84!). Along the trail we were fortunate to meet with some of the amazing staff at Break and this cemented our decision to become one of their corporate sponsors for 2016.

About Break

Break was established in 1968 to give families with children with disabilities a period of respite while their children had a break of their very own. The charity has grown and developed immensely over the years, and today provides a range of services to change young lives across four key areas:

Young people in care and moving on,
Children and young people with disabilities
Families in need of support
Children at risk.

Break’s core work is around the provision of children’s homes for Looked After Children in their home Local Authority. Break has six mainstream children’s homes in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire and a Therapeutic Fostering Service providing placements to traumatised young people.

Young people leaving Break’s long-term care continue to be supported by the charity with their own 'Moving-On Team' (MOT) - supporting young people from 18 years old into independent living.

Testimonials of Break's success

Here are a couple of examples of how the Moving On Team have helped a young person move on...

Darren was in one of our Children's Homes for 3.5 years. We have been supporting him for the last 4 years, starting with 10 hours per week. Tasks include ensuring he gets ready for College and to kick-start the weekly routine – and to help this one of our support workers would get to him at 7:30am every Monday morning to help him get up and out, knowing that if he started his week well, he would have a more successful week.

Practical support included teaching how to do washing, shopping, using his money, managing anxiety and interaction. Due to his Aspergers, we also had to pick up the pieces when he had relationship break-ups and to teach him what behaviours are acceptable and how to avoid being taken for granted, i.e. financial abuse. He still gets weekly support, but now only two hours, due to his own developed skill set. He still requires support with shopping and Break is overseeing his finances. He completed an Apprenticeship and recently, after being NEET (not in employment or education) arranged his own Apprenticeship, without support, at a local Art Centre.

Sarah was in one of our Homes for 5 years and continued with MOT support after leaving. She has mild learning disabilities. Sarah became pregnant at 19 and there were concerns about her ability to care for her child. Break’s support continued during this period and the concerns dispersed. Baby is now a year old and doing well in his mother's care.

You can read more about Break and the work they do on their website www.break-charity.org
Break Charity - Changing Young Lives
George with GoGo Dragon Dragtabulous Delores

Previous ESE charity donations

Between May 2013 and September 2015 we donated £13,532.97 to worthy causes. The charities were selected by the whole team at ESE and the top three for each month were put to the public vote. To the winning charity we gave 5% of our online profits of a nominated day (usually the last Friday of the month).

Here are the charities we have supported in the past.


September 2015
Norwich Foodbank

Mike Wyard from ESE Direct presents the cheque to Hannah Worsley, Project Manager of Norwich Foodbank

Norwich Foodbank has just two paid members of staff, they receive no government funding and rely heavily on the support of their 180 volunteers. They have a warehouse and an office and supply 10 distribution centres covering Greater Norwich. They team up with care agencies who refer people in need to Foodbank. Mike Wyard presented the cheque for £474 to Foodbank's Project Manager, Hannah Worsley.
More about Norwich Foodbank here.

August 2015

Debs Whomes ESE Direct presents cheque to Martin Green & Michael Rooney

This month we did something a bit different from our usual public charity vote. During the summer Break Charity have been running a sculpture trail in Norwich city, the GoGoDragons. As we have our dragon George we thought it would be fun to visit each of the dragons and for each dragon selfie George had we'd donate £5. George visited all 84 dragons so raised a whopping £420. We also had a collection here in the office which added £14.50, bringing the total to £434.50.
Read George's Dragon Blog.

July 2015
Cancer Research UK

Martin Donovan, Martin Gilmour & manager of Cancer Research Charity Shop Norwich

Martin Donovan our warehouse manager left us for pasteurs new this month, he requested that instead of a leaving gift, we gave a donation to charity. So we asked him to select one and as a charity close to his heart he chose Cancer Research UK, to which we donated £267

June 2015
The British Heart Foundation

Nick, Debs, Kelly and Mike complete the Norwich 50 bike ride in aid of The British Heart Foundation

Some of the team here at ESE battled against the elements and completed the gruelling 50 mile cycle ride around picturesque Norfolk, ESE donated £380 to sponsors of the event, The British Heart Foundation. And between them our team raised an additional £250. Well done guys!

May 2015
Holyhead & Valley St John Ambulance

St John Ambulance Holyhead Cycle Responders with their ESE Direct cheque and responder bike

St John Ambulance Holyhead and Valley division are located on the Isle of Anglesey, North West Wales, they cover events such as bonfires, galas and festivals. All our members give their time voluntary in return for their training guaranteeing at least 50 hours per year. ESE donated £384 to the cause.

April 2015
Norfolk & Norwich Association for The Blind

Laura Holland rides the world's longest zip wire in aid of The Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind - Charity Winners April 2015

ESE's own Laura Holland teamed up with Jeremy Goss and friends to ride the world's longest zip wire (yikes) in aid of Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind which celebrates it's 210th anniversary this year. They offer support to people of all ages who suffer with poor vision and have 5 centres accross Norfolk. ESE donated £445.00. Well done Laura!
Read more on the Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind Website

March 2015
Goole Neuro Rehabilitation Centre

Goole Neuro Rehabilitation Centre with their cheque - Charity Winners March 2015

Goole Rehab were donated £448.08, they provide rehabilitation based on a neurobehavioural approach which focuses on enabling service users to function more independently and to participate in as many of their previous roles and activities as possible, while developing their lives with privacy, dignity and respect.
More about Goole Neuro Rehab.

February 2015
Crossroads Care

Crossroads Care, East Anglia - Charity Winners February 2015

Crossroads Care were awarded £549.31, Lorraine Sartain accepts the cheque from Debs on behalf of ESE. Crossroads Care are a charity which offers support to carers and people with care needs. We work with 3000 individuals and their families and employ over 240 trained professionals, providing flexible services to people of all ages and with a range of disabilities and health conditions. www.crossroadseastanglia.org.uk

January 2015
The Budding Foundation

The Budding Foundation founder Clive receives his cheque

ESE Direct donated £553.74 to charity founder Clive of The Budding Foundation

November 2014
World Horse Welfare

ESE's Laura presents the cheque to Katherine Green as India watches.

ESE Direct donated £503.76 to World Horse Welfare as part of our November charity day. Katherine Green accepted the cheque as beautiful horse India looked on.
More information can be found on their website http://www.worldhorsewelfare.org

October 2014
The Base

Karen Howes on behalf of The Base, accepts the cheque from Mike Wyard

ESE Direct donated £324.84 to Karen Howes representing The Base as part of our October charity day. More information can be found on their website http://www.thebasenorwich.org

September 2014
Tony Bartlett Memorial Fund

ESE Finance Director completes the Great North Run

At the beginning of the month our Finance Director Mike Wyard completed the Great North Run in tribute to the Tony Bartlett Memorial Fund, and ESE Direct donated £446.12 as part of our September charity day. The Tony Bartlett Memorial Fund works in partnership with Build Africa and their partners in Kenya with constructing classrooms and helping people.

August 2014
Norfolk Heart Trust

Melinda Raker from Norfolk Heart Trust receives the cheque

Melinda Raker from the charity came to collect the cheque for £432.11 to go towards their target of £1 million for equipment for the NNUH’s Cardiology Department.
For details, see www.norfolkhearttrust.co.uk

July 2014
Norfolk at the Pictures

Mark Atkinson receives the cheque on behalf of Norfolk at the Pictures

Following on from our auction of a rather unique piece of memorabilia signed by Brian Blessed, Norfolk at the Pictures was also selected to be our July Charity for our monthly #ESECharityDay, receiving a cheque for £420. Marc Atkinson was kind enough to accept the cheque and give us a tour of the cinema.

June 2014
Norwich Door to Door

Norwich Door to Door receive their cheque from Laura

Norwich Door to Door came to visit us and collect their cheque on a very sunny afternoon, our #ESECharityDay meant they got to take home £376.00. Kate at the charity has advised that they have just added a new mobility bus to their fleet, taking it to 9 in total which really helps the charity reach out and help more people.

May 2014
Alzheimer’s Society

Ben Nevis

You may all be wondering why there has been no charity public vote this month... Our Sales Development Executive Julie Davison is doing the Ben Nevis Midnight Challenge in August for Alzheimer’s Society. We decided to give her a hand with her fundraising efforts and 5% of our online profits on the 30th May will go to her charity. More on Alzheimer’s Society website.

April 2014
Happisburgh Coast Watch

Happisburgh Coast Watch

Happisburgh Coast Watch won our April Charity Day with over 80% of the votes. Following their hard fought victory, chairman and station manager Fred came in to collect the cheque for £364.10 from Laura.

March 2014
Keeping Abreast

Keeping Abreast Development Manager, Victoria White receives cheque for £375

Keeping Abreast were the winners of our March Charity day National Fund Raiser and Development Manager Victoria White came in to receive their cheque for £375 at the ESE Direct offices.

February 2014
Results UK

RESULTS the power to end poverty

Results UK won our February Charity Day, they will be using the £515 raised to deliver their yearly training sessions to group leaders. Over 22 groups across the UK come together to take action in their constituencies. The training sessions help to ensure their advocacy is as influential as possible in UK decision making as well as empowering others.

January 2014
South West Thames Kidney Fund

South West Thames Kidney Fund

The South West Thames Kidney Fund were our first Charity Day winners of 2014. The charity is set up and run by kidney patients, their families and friends. The fund supports the research into the improved detection, alleviation and cure into end stage renal disease as well as its link to diabetes. Their work has both national and international significance. The fund took home a cheque for £478

November 2013
East Anglian Children's Hospice

East Anglian Children's Hospice fundraiser Gary Cook receives cheque for £320.48

November, and the cheque went to East Anglian Children's Hospice, with fundraiser Gary Cook collecting the donation of £320.48

October 2013
Breast Cancer Care

Wear it pink for Breast Cancer Care

For October, the ESE team decided to Wear It Pink, raising a fantastic total of £697.34 to help funds for
Breast Cancer Campaign's vital research.

September 2013
Parkinsons Ride

Mark Whitworth and Niki Oldroyd receive the cheque for £453.80

September 2013 and the cheque went to the very deserving Parkinsons Ride, with Mark Whitworth and Niki Oldroyd coming to our office to receive a cheque for £453.80

August 2013

Break's Molly Housego receives the cheque for £416.79

The August charity vote was won by Break - and our very own Caroline Francis was on hand to present the cheque for £416.79 to Break's Molly Housego.

July 2013

ESE staff and Jeremy Goss

July was our third ESE Charity day, and we were delighted to present a £500 cheque to Jeremy Goss for the great work done in the region by the Norfolk and Norwich association for the Blind.

June 2013

Shine, Spina bifida, hydrocephalus, information, networking, equality

Our second charity day saw Peterborough based charity, SHINE collect a cheque for £500 to help meet the costs of events for families effected by Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus

May 2013
Nelson's Journey

ESE MD Simon Francis presents a cheque for £1000 to Nelson's Journey

Our first Charity Day raised an amazing £1,000 for Nelson’s Journey, this was such a great success we have made it a monthly event from June 2013