Here at Smart Storage, we believe community spirit is of the upmost importance and is a huge part in keeping charitable giving alive and thriving. We like to do our bit and utilise our tools and skills to make the world a little better, step by step. Considering this we thought we would give you a run-down of what we get up to at our Altrincham hub and what’s been happening lately!
Annual Xmas Toy Appeal
Over the festive season Smart Storage act as a drop-off centre for the wonderful toy appeal. This is our main annual charity event and we love being a part of this! Last year, we partnered up with the fun-packed Gulliver’s World to put smiles on some very deserving children’s faces, and this year we will be kick-starting the project again very soon!
CAFT – Children’s Adventure Farm Trust
The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust provide a variety of programmes for disabled, disadvantaged and terminally ill children, and really is a super-special charity. Smart Storage are proud to be a big supporter, not only donating heavily from our annual toy appeal but fundraising throughout the year to keep the money rolling in for their superb cause!
Throughout the year we have supported them with stalls, giveaways and much more, with our last stall being at their Spring Fayre. We will be having a family fun day with them later this month!
Lalley Toy Appeal, Local in Altrincham.
The Lalley Toy Appeal is run by Dee and Chris Drake from Tremlow Green, who kindly volunteer their time to the cause, just as Smart Storage do. Donations made to the appeal are packaged and sent to hundreds of children from Knutsford to Manchester, and surrounding areas. We give the charity a discounted space of 125 sq. ft. and store toys throughout the entire year so we can give them away at Christmas time.
Through everyone’s efforts, the campaign of “give a child a xmas” gives 1500 kids a helping hand towards a more special Christmas time. Dee Drake has even just won a Community Award at the Inspiring Women Awards 2017, and so she should!
Their aim this year is to reach 4000 children, so let’s help them make it happen!
This close-knit community centre is just outside Altrincham, on the border of Timperley and we are getting creative and sponsoring their writing competition “Tell me a Tail”. Paul, our main man for charity, community and fundraising had the honour of meeting the Major of Trafford, Jonathon Coupe on the 14th July to discuss all exciting things!
Alzheimers Research UK
You may have previously seen us posting on social a lot of knitted snakes. This was our Slither of Snakes campaign, where on the 9th April we paired up with some lovely people from the Well Green Lodge to try to get a World Record behind us by knitting hundreds of snakes! Believe it or not we made 1019 snakes, beating our goal of hundreds and smashing the world record, which was previously 1,000. (The oldest crafter was 91 and living with Alzheimer’s)
We went on to sell these slithering snakes for only £1. From this all the proceeds will go to Alzheimer’s Research UK.
International Shoebox Appeal
The Shoebox appeal is run by Jessica Doyle and her team of loyal volunteers. Smart Storage act as a drop off point for the wonderful charity and its appeal to raise donations for shoe boxes to help a range of age groups all over the world! We supply a discounted space of 650 sq. ft. where we keep all the goodies until ready to go out to their receiver. The fabulous Jessica also recently helped us at the Altrincham Festival to promote her wonderful-self and Smart Storage!
The Monthly Tee Club is a monthly t-shirt subscription service, run by BuzHub tenant Rick Chebrike. Rick isn’t any usual t-shirt salesman however, because with every monthly subscription he donates a t shirt to the homeless. In addition to clothing the world he likes to give back to his community. Rick rents an office unit at our Altrincham spot and has done since October. At Smart Storage, we help him in any way we can!
Altrincham Ladies FC and Altrincham FC
Smart Storage have been proud sponsors of the Altrincham Ladies FC in the past, and are now re-sponsoring them for a second season. We are their training kit sponsor, and for Altrincham FC, we sponsor the family stand, are their match day sponsor and we also advertise in their programmes. We love supporting our local community, and this is just one of the great ways we achieve this!
Sale Rugby Club have their own special programme which involves heading into local schools and getting the kids involved with all things Rugby and sports related! With community coaches and a jam-packed programme, the children love this, and we couldn’t think of better ways to put our time to use- through boosting community spirit, and of course the Smart Storage spirit! We have signage around the grounds, sponsor match days and have adverts in their programmes! Go on Sale Rugby Club!
Smart Storage love to keep on top of the community events and activities, and believe it is an important part of business, and relationships. If you would like any more information on any of the related community events or need support within the community, you can get in touch with our friendly team. We would love to help if we can!