As part of their 65th anniversary celebrations, James T. Blakeman and Co Ltd, one of Europe’s leading food manufacturers have pledged to support Dougie Mac by choosing the hospice as their nominated charity for 2018.
Their senior management team have committed to undertake fundraising activities right throughout 2018, as just one of the exciting ways the Newcastle-based business is planning to mark its milestone year.
The first event that the Blakemans team will be supporting by putting forward a team to participate in is the Dougie Mac’s 5K race that will be held at the Wedgwood Estate in Barlaston on Sunday 25 March.
Blakemans have also been confirmed as the headline sponsor for Dougie Mac’s annual bike ride in May. This event will see entrants raise money through taking on a number of challenging courses from the MiniMac 9 mile route to the Ultra 90 mile course.
A team from Blakemans will themselves be competing in the cycle event, with both participants and spectators being able to sample some of the manufacturers delicious sausages at a barbeque laid on by them at the end of the course.
Other fundraising activities planned by the team at Blakemans during 2018 includes members of staff taking on the challenge of the Potters Arf Marathon, UK Corporate Games and Killer Mile, hosting a Fun Day at Newcastle Town Football Club and sponsored body waxes.
James Morris, Head of Business Development at Blakemans said: “As a business we have always actively supported a number of local charities and community groups through donations, but with this being such an important year for us we wanted to mark it by doing something extra special.
“We already have a great relationship with the Dougie Mac Hospice and it’s such a worthwhile local charity for us to get behind and support.
“Committing to undertake multiple events throughout the year is a real challenge but one that I know the whole team will rise to.”
Suzi Smith, Head of Fundraising at Dougie Mac said: “We are delighted that Blakemans have chosen to support the Dougie Mac in what is also a significant year for us, as we celebrate our 45th anniversary.”
“We can’t wait to see all of the activities the Blakemans team take on and we wish them luck in completing all of their challenges!”