FMB is a business rooted in the community. Over the years we have supported many charities through sponsorship and fundraising. Our aim is to work together as a team and have fun whilst supporting local good causes.
Our fundraising so far...
Charity Gala Dinner with Ann Widdecombe
Our Charity Gala Dinner took place on Friday 23rd October at The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal. 185 attended the event (including celebrity guest speaker, Ann Widdecombe), and together, managed to raise a tremendous £3,840 for local charity, South Lakeland Hydrotherapy Trust.
After the sparkling drinks reception, the phenomenal Amabile Girls Choir dazzled the guests with stunning renditions of U2’s ‘With or Without You’, ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘Defying Gravity’ from the hit musical, Wicked, before guests tucked into a delicious three-course meal prepared by talented chef duo, Justin Woods, Mark Tate and their team.
After dinner, Ann Widdecombe took to the stage to reveal some of her witty anecdotes about her time in Parliament and her stint on Strictly Come Dancing (to name a few) which had the room roaring with laughter. Ann then led a Q&A session where she invited guests to ask her anything – and they finally got to find out what happened to the dresses from Strictly!
We have been supporting the charity for the last two years and together with the money raised from this event, have managed to raise a staggering £15,146.37. Our fundraising has contributed largely to buying the pool a new, more efficient boiler and will also be going towards the Trust’s next project which will be to use renewable energy sources to make the pool even more sustainable.
We would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the evening a success, including those who attended and all of the event sponsors.
The team take on Yorkshire's three peaks...
'Team FMB' dug out their walking boots and poles and headed to the Yorkshire Dales on Wednesday 13th May for their very own 25-mile ‘three peaks challenge’. The 15 strong team took on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough as part of the latest fundraising event in aid of local charity, Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool.
In order to adhere to the very precise schedule, the team had to be up bright and early to make their way to the starting point for 7.45am. With the weather on their side, they were in high spirits when they arrived in Horton. They kitted up and made sure rucksacks were full of all the essentials before heading up Pen-y-ghent at 8am. Fully energised, the team powered up the smallest of the three peaks, which involved a bit of scrambling in some of the more challenging areas. From the summit, they were able to take in some of the beautiful views across the dales before heading down to Ribblehead for a well-deserved lunch.
Whernside was next on the agenda, which many of the team found the toughest as it was not only the tallest, but seemed the longest too. From here, the group descended into Chapel-le-dale where they stopped to top-up their energy levels with a quick bite to eat before taking on the final peak of Ingleborough. After a selfie or two at the final summit, the team endured the long trek down back into Horton. Here they regrouped at a local pub, along with the excellent support team, to rest their feet and enjoy a cold pint and a bowl of chips.
We are so proud of the team for their efforts; even more so for completing the challenge within the 12 hours allocated - finishing between 7.15pm (earliest) and 7.45pm.
Their hard work extended into their fundraising efforts too, and we were astounded when counting up the donations - a staggering £2,695.96. This takes our fundraising total to £11,306.37. We would like to thank each and every person who has supported us; both with this event and our fundraising efforts as a whole.
If you have not yet made a donation and would like to, you can do so securely via our JustGiving page - all money raised goes to this fantastic charity.
Mince Pie & Mulled Wine event
We thought that it would be nice to hold a festive event to help get people in the Christmas spirit whilst supporting charity too - and we were right. Everyone seemed to enjoy the mince pies and mulled wine and we managed to raise £162.05 in donations!
We held a Charity Race Night back in September which seemed to go down a storm. We raised a fantastic £1,268.40 - taking our fundraising total to a staggering £8,418.73. Thank you to all our Sponsors and everyone who attended and donated prizes for our raffle.
We held our second coffee morning in aid of Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool at our Shenstone offices on Friday 20th June. We had a great turnout and even had local celebrity, Yakkers from Lakeland Radio turn up to do some reporting from the event. We managed to raise approx. £240 from the event. Thanks to everyone who attended and/or baked.
Keswick to Barrow (K2B)
On Saturday 10th May, "Team FMB" took part in the Keswick to Barrow (K2B) and walked over 40 miles in aid of the Hydrotherapy Pool. The team did exceptionally well, especially in rather wet and windy conditions.
Thank you for everyone's support - we raised a fantastic £1,537. Of this amount, £1,100 of this went to the Pool and the remainder went to K2B's charities of choice.
Morrisons Bag pack
The team dug out their Christmas jumpers and got into the festive spirit helping bag pack at Morrisons in Kendal. We were delighted to raise £495.48 from the day.
Our Charity Beer Festival was supported by nearly 200 people who came to sample the local beers and listen to some cracking local music. We were extremely pleased with the excellent turnout and overwhelmed that we raised an incredible £3,180.60 from the event which definitely gave us a big boost towards our target of £11,520.
The ‘Spit n Crackle’ hog roast and local ales from Unsworth’s Yard and Old School Breweries went down well and with the weather on our side, people were even able to enjoy a bite to eat and a few drinks outside by the marquee area.
The live local music was a big hit and we heard some amazing covers as well as original tracks from the extremely talented Sean Moore, Kev Kendal and Ben Dyson who really got the atmosphere buzzing. The night was finished off with a two hour set from local cover band, Lynchpin, who managed to entice people to the dancefloor.
M&S Bag Pack
Our first charity bag pack went down well and we managed to raise £385.48.
Mary Kay makeup evening
Director Ruth Power's makeup evening with Kendal's makeup guru, Mary-Rose Selman, went down a storm. Mary's philosophy that everyday makeup is a three minute choice struck a chord with the attendees and everyone found the "what to keep, what to bin and what to buy" section extremely useful as she went through those everyday essentials.
She demonstrated some key looks before everyone took to trying them out themselves. The night made just over £400 (including make-up sales) with £205 of this going to the charity.
Charity Hand Carwash
The sun shone and the team washed and cleaned over 50 cars, raising a fantastic £475 for the cause. Backs were sore and brows were beaded with sweat but it was all worth it for the chippy lunch provided by FMB!
There were definitely more people through the door than we anticipated and at one point there was a bit of panic as to how we were going to fit everyone in - thankfully we managed!
We raised a staggering £468.55 from this event alone – thanks to everyone's support (and baking!)
Want to donate?
If you cannot attend our events but would like to make a donation, you are able to make one online via our JustGiving page either via PayPal or by card. All major debit/credit cards are accepted.