Kendal LA9 4BD
“Gotta lotta bottle(s)” - Oaklea Lifestyle co-ordinator Joanne May (pictured here on the right) holding one of her many fundraising events -this time at Barrow Market Hall in November 2018. Joanne is renowned within OakleaTrust for her passion for fundraising -so much so that she won the title of ‘Outstanding Fundraiser’ at the employee awards! Clive Wigley, Oaklea CEO; “Colleagues recognised her eagerness and willingness to give up her spare time and efforts to help organise fundraising events throughout the year and always strive to make them enjoyable for colleagues and customers alike.”
“Cheque mates” - Longstanding Oaklea Customer Alan & Lifestyle Co-ordinator Tim receive our funds from the money raised from Torchlight carnival at the Celebration dinner in November 2018 at Kendal College.
Life’s a (Pennine) Journey with Oaklea and its hardy band of boot clad fundraisers!
On 29 September 1938 storm clouds gathered over Europe - celebrated fellwalker Alfred Wainwright decided he needed some vital respite - so headed for the hills -a 247 mile trip in fact. 80 years on a group of fundraisers on behalf of Oaklea Trust (Wishlist Fund for young people) joined hundreds of other like minded souls across the north by recreating the birth of this route. Starting from the Oaklea Appleby Hub our band of merry men & women set off to do 2 sections - one group ‘up’ to Milburn and another along the River Eden to Great Musgrave/Brough. So far this hardy band have raised almost £500 -a fabulous effort (£485 to be precise). Go to our blog section for more details of the day. You can donate here if you wish: www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/PennineJourneyWishlist
Golden Moments don’t come along every day - except for Oaklea they sometimes do!
Fundraising can take many shapes and forms - and often its the curveball things that come from nowhere that put a smile on our faces the most! A lovely moment at our Kendal HQ in late September sunshine. A couple from Grasmere have just celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary -congratulations!- and instead of receiving gifts they wanted donations to a chosen charity. One of those happened to be us here at Oaklea Trust.
Susan & Peter Coward popped along to make a donation of £200 to go specifically on services for young people that we offer. Grandson, 9 year old Jayden -seen here handing over the moolah to CEO Clive Wigley & Children’s Team Manager Matthew Douglas, attends Oaklea young people’s activities.
A great start to anyone’s day and a big big thank you to the Coward family!
Holding a “Torch” for Kendal & Oaklea!
Oaklea Trust got involved with Kendal Torchlight Carnival in 2018. It’s one of the biggest events of its kind - a carnival, street procession and lots of floats etc. Oaklea were one of the nominated charities and will benefit from funds raised. We put together a team of customers and some staff to go ‘bucket’ collecting on the night of the parade. It was a fantastic evening -especially as the weather played ball!
The parade itself covers just over 2 miles round central Kendal and around both sides of the River Kent. The customers involved said they had a fantastic time and really enjoyed taking part in such a well known event - emphasising the Oaklea mantra - “Building stronger communities”.
Being involved in such a major fundraising event had so many positives - not least maintaining the profile of Oaklea in its Lakeland heartland - even if that meant trying to avoid being snapped up by a very “Hungry Caterpillar”! -the theme this year - fave books & authors!
Click on the video above to see our procession leader - master maestro of the Bhodran, Mr Steve Shears warming up before Torchlight -ready to lead our merry band of fundraisers!
All in all Torchlight raised around £2.5k for 5 nominated charities -including Oaklea Trust (Once divided up - Torchlight take a 20% chunk for helping with the next one- Oaklea received £396.56 -thanks to all who donated on the night).
Staying visible is easy with a little help from our friends at the Cumberland! (August 2018)
Oaklea’s CIC R2W have been given a big boost thanks to the Cumberland Building Society. The Society, through their Community Fund, have handed over £700+ to provide safety equipment like high vis vests in the bustling warehouse. Furniture Warehouse Manager, Chris Pantechis can be seen with local Cumberland Branch Manager Rebecca and Assistant Branch Manager Lynette and some of the R2W team.
ASDA ‘roll back’ the cash for Oaklea social enterprise R2W (Spring 2018)
Six take on the Cumbrian Three Peaks
In August 2015, a group of six Oaklea employees from our HR, IT and Short Breaks teams, completed the Cumbrian Three Peaks challenge. This gruelling 48 hours included 45 miles of walking, three of the highest mountains in England, and a staggering £3241 raised for Wishlist! The team also raised their £1800 sign up fee with the help of local businesses who contributed £180.00 each. A big thank you to Diverse Health Solutions, TTL Accountants, Sendtxt Ltd, AK Fleet Solutions, MRC Training, Hygia, DE Ford, Ezitracker, and Plain Creative
25th Birthday Coffee Mornings
To celebrate 25 years of Oaklea, teams of employees and customers from our registered houses planned their own themed coffee mornings. The result was 10 fantastic events which raised around £2300 altogether! Themes ranged from high tea to a mad hatter’s tea party, and one even featured a car wash!
Vintage Fashion Show
Oaklea took to the catwalk at the lovely Greenodd village hall for an afternoon of tea, cakes, and vintage fashion. Local vintage businesses dressed two models each, with all outfits and accessories for sale.
This year has seen several individuals challenge themselves on behalf of Wishlist. Mark Lowther ran the Edinburgh Marathon and raised over £500, and Julian Heath swam the Great North Swim, whilst he was supporting customer Catriona who worked very hard raising funds for Macmillan.
In 2014, we stepped back to the 1920s for an evening of Prohibition style fun and entertainment! Guests tried their luck in the casino and the whisky roll, and the location, the Castle Green hotel in Kendal, remained top secret until the last minute, to avoid being stopped by the 1920s authorities!
Undoubtedly a highlight of Oaklea’s fundraising history, the Wishlist Ball raised around £13,000 over night! A night full of polished entertainment and surprises, including a waiting staff flash mob, this was an event which will be talked about for years to come!