St. James's Place

Volunteers from St. James’s Place were “proud and privileged” to be part of our North West Regional Kurling Final in Bolton as they revelled in Panathlon Leader roles.

Staff from St. James’s Place offices in Manchester and Liverpool got the opportunity to be part of delivering our positive impact as they officiated the competition and guided pupils through the activities at Bolton Arena on Wednesday 19 June.

The St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation has supported Panathlon since 2008, donating over £2million to enable us to give sporting opportunities to tens of thousands of children with disabilities and special needs every year.

Primary and secondary schools from across the North West, who had all qualified through county finals, took part in a variety of kurling-based activity stations, with St John’s Primary from Rochdale and Derion House from Bolton crowned the respective winners.

“This is one of many things that make me feel very proud and privileged to be part of the St. James’s Place community,” said Regional Director, Tim Willis. “When you see how our covenant and fundraising is deployed into local communities like this it really is something special.”

Ninety per cent of St. James’s Place employees opt to donate some of their remuneration towards the Foundation’s community and charitable activities through the covenant.

Tim added: “It was obvious how much today meant to the children. Some of the teachers told me that it has been talked about in school for weeks in the build-up to it. It was great to see them being competitive and enjoying success.”

Tim’s PA, Heather Rukin, said seeing the real-life impact of the money raised by the Foundation was inspiring. “We are kept informed about the Foundation’s activities, but being here and seeing the money put to such amazing use is so different to seeing numbers on a screen in a presentation.

“The children were so supportive of each other and the interaction between the teams was fantastic. The competition was pitched at exactly the right level and gave them a real sense of achievement.”

Phil Burgess, Senior Partnership Development Manager (pictured above), said: “What an experience! It was really rewarding, thoroughly enjoyable and absolutely exhausting! Me and my team are in awe.

“It’s really important that we support these events. These kids don’t often get opportunities like this, but here nobody is excluded. They’re all winners and seeing their smiles is so uplifting.

“The St’ James’s Place Foundation is the backbone of the organisation. To see it in action and actually be part of it is fantastic. It spurs you on to want to do more.”

Gemma Cox, Partner Finance Consultant (pictured above), said: “I was nervous at the start because I’ve never done anything like this before, but it was absolutely fantastic. The teams worked so well together and you could see how much it meant to them.

“I’m over the moon to be able to say I’m part of St. James’s Place who support this happening all over the country. It makes me so proud.”