Pickfords’ recycling and reuse service raises £15,500 for the British Heart Foundation

BHF_Retail - Thank You Posters_A4 (2014) Pickfords 2Pickfords Business Solutions and its clients have together raised £15,500 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) by donating used office furniture.

Pickfords offers corporate clients a recycling and reuse service to dispose of their old desks, cabinets, chairs and other furniture when they refurbish or move office. Pickfords has worked closely with BHF since 2013 to donate much of this furniture to its retail division, to be re-sold in its high-street shops to raise vital funds for life saving CPR equipment and training.

Since working with BHF, Pickfords Business Solutions has undertaken major projects with a number of clients, including Schneider and A4e, providing a furniture recycling service from which the majority of furniture was donated to BHF.

Katie Murphy, Pickfords’ Head of Environmental Reuse said:

“I feel truly privileged to assist the British Heart Foundation and proud of the fantastic relationship we have. Thank you to all our clients who kindly donated their furniture for this worthy cause.”

Mike Taylor, BHF’s Retail Director, said,

“On behalf of the British Heart Foundation I would like to thank you most sincerely for your support of our fast and free collection service over the past year.

This is the second year that the British Heart Foundation has worked with Pickfords and we are delighted that so far £15,500 has been raised through client removals.

Please pass on our most heartfelt thanks to everyone at Pickfords.”

Remembering Geoff Pygall

26th October 1927 – 31st December 2014

A fond farewell to Geoffrey Pygall, Managing Director of Pickfords between 1976 and his retirement in 1988, and one of the major influencers in the post-war moving industry.

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Geoff Pygall at his appointment as Pickfords’ Managing Director in 1976.

Joining the company as an ‘office boy’ in 1942, aged 14, Geoff rose through various management posts to become Managing Director of what was then two companies: Pickfords Removals and Pickfords Travel Service.

Geoff’s initiatives helped to change the face of the moving industry in the UK and worldwide, which included the introduction of advanced payment and a fixed rate for insurance based on the price of the move, as well as pioneering palletised storage using a unique, larger-sized container for better vehicle space utilisation.

As an influential figure with important politicians, Geoff lobbied hard on a number of issues such as consumer protection, licencing, and driver’s hours and restrictions.

He was also instrumental in facilitating the purchase of Pickfords from the government in 1982, allowing the company to flourish, causing stock to appreciate 100-fold when it went public in 1988.[Untitled]001

Geoff’s own rise through the ranks inspired him to invest in the training of young people through the Removal Institute, of which he was national chairman in 1969. Geoff was also Vice President of the British Association of Removers (BAR) at the time of his appointment as MD, and President the following year.

The funeral was held on Tuesday 27th January at All Saints’ Church in Eastbourne, attended by Russell Start and Lyndsey Daykin from Pickfords, as well as many friends, family and other representatives of the industry he loved.

Pickfords Croyden branch helps improve a toddler’s quality of life

A huge thank-you to the Croydon branch for improvingPicture1 the life of a toddler with cerebral palsy, volunteering their time and resources to moving Oliver and his family to a new home.

Pickfords was approached by www.52-lives.org, a website dedicated to helping one charitable cause each week. The non-profit website was made aware of a young family whose current living situation did not meet the needs of their disabled toddler.

Katie and Stephen have two boys: Freddie, aged 4 and Oliver, aged 2.

Young Oliver suffered pre-natal complications from a bleed in the brain which resulted in hydrocephalus (water on the brain), moderate hearing loss, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and blindness.

The family owned a flat in Kingston, which they needed to sell as it did not meet Oliver’s needs. They were lucky enough to find a house with far more space, allowing side access for a wheelchair, and space to fit ramps, a new sensory area and a swing.

With Katie caring for Oliver full time and Stephen only recently returning to the workforce after two years at home, the new house has pushed the family financially. But they knew it was the best thing for Oliver, so persevered despite the significant costs involved. 52 Lives recognised the difficulty Katie would have, largely arranging the move on her own with two small children to care for.

The Croydon branch was more than happy to help, so packed and moved the family to save Katie a great deal of time and energy, and ultimately ensuring that little Oliver lives in a home that met his needs.

“A big thank you to Pickfords for offering to help us in a time of need. We received a fantastic service from all involved with our move. Thank you.”
– Katie, Steve, Freddie and Oliver

“Pickfords offering to help this family was pure kindness. It is companies like this one – that offer support to people when they need it the most – that make our communities, and our world, so much better. Thank you Pickfords! You are amazing.”
– Jaime Thurston, 52 Lives

Discovered: a piece of Pickfords history

Kind thanks to Barry Marriott from Sway, Hampshire for sharing a fascinating piece of Pickfords history.

E13 Pickford 2 00000 - CopyMr. Marriott, a keen collector of pre-1840 letters, sent in a copy of a missive penned by one ‘C Weaver’ to Thomas Pickford, the last Pickford to service the company, dated 22nd December 1836.

The letter makes mention of the Baxendales, a family who took over running the company from the Pickfords in the early 1800s, rebuilding the institution after troubled times following the end of the Napoleonic Wars.

E13 Pickford 1 00000 - CopyThe letter also discusses an unfortunate illness affecting the Pickford family at the time, giving an insight into the tough conditions of the era.

Another fascinating nugget from Pickfords’ rich history.

Pickfords Southampton helps children’s cancer unit with refurbishment project

A big thank-you to Pickfords’ Southampton branch who recently lent a hand to Southampton General Hospital’s Wessex Children’s Cancer Unit, packing, storing and returning sofas, televisions, toys and equipment during the refurbishment of their play room and school room / teenager’s area on the Paim Brown Ward.

The play room and social area are great resources for children and young people undergoing treatment or visiting friends or family on the ward, but staff and users recognised that the facilities were no longer fit for purpose and in dire need of renovating and redecorating.

A complete refurbishment project was funded through donations from local families and supporters, but unfortunately there was no budget for the moving and storage of the furniture and equipment. With no room to store at the hospital, the Paim Brown Ward approached Pickfords’ Southampton branch, who were more than happy to volunteer their services.

Pickfords packed the contents of the rooms into cartons, removing everything from the site ahead of the refurbishment. The equipment was delivered to Pickfords’ local storage centre in Eastleigh for the duration of the project, before being dropped off again ahead of the grand reopening a few weeks later.

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Rachel Funnell, Charity Co-ordinator at the Ward, got in touch after the move:

“Dear Nick and the team,

On behalf of all the families and staff on Piam Brown Ward, I am writing to thank you very much indeed for your generous donation of packing, storing and returning all the equipment and furniture from our play room and school room.

Your team were fabulous, Paul Stephen, Rory and Terry all worked so hard for us. All the staff on the ward really do appreciate your support, thank you.”

The Piam Brown Ward treats over 100 new children from 1 day old to 16 years old each year. The refurbishment was part of a project by Southampton Hospital Charity to enhance the world class facilities provided at Southampton General and the Princess Anne Hospitals by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) to some 1.3 million people living in Southampton and South Hampshire.

Pickfords helps raise vital funds for the NSPCC as part of The Paddington Trail

Pickfords was appointed the official removals partner for The Paddington Trail, a London-wide event from VisitLondon.com, STUDIOCANAL and NSPCC which sees 50 statues of this famous bear placed across the capital from 4 November – 30 December to mark the release of Paddington in UK cinemas and to raise vital funds for the NSPCC and its ChildLine service.

Pickfords moved the 50 statues from the 3DEye studios where the designs have been brought to life to their final locations across the capital ahead of the launch of The Paddington Trail on 4 November. Pickfords also moved a selection of the statues to Christie’s ahead of the gala auction which took place on 10 December.

Pickfords’ London branches, under the leadership of Area Manager Steve Gooding, managed the logistics of the Trail. The deliveries were scheduled for the day and evening of 3 November and included 6 different vehicles, 22 men and one cameraman who videoed the installation.  The main challenge was pre packing 50 bears in the studio prior to delivery, achieving the deadlines for delivery and responding to very short notice changes to the agreed schedule on the final weekend.  All bears were delivered safely without incident.CPG_PADDINGTON_AUCTIONBy donating their time and resources, Pickfords saved The Paddington Trail tens of thousands of pounds in logistics costs, helping the NSPCC to raise as much money as possible. The first fifteen of the celebrity-designed statues including those designed by David Beckham, Emma Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch were auctioned at Christie’s on 10 December, raising over £460,000 for the NSPCC and its ChildLine service. The remaining bears are now available as part of an online auction open until 7 January at www.christies.com/paddington, giving everyone the chance to give Paddington a good home, just like Mr and Mrs Brown did.

The Pickfords crew can be seen hard at work moving Paddington across London at the beginning of this video: http://ow.ly/FJCHA.

See visitlondon.com/paddington to find out more about The Paddington Trail or follow #PaddingtonTrail on social media.

To find out more about Paddington and the film go to www.paddington.comMarc Quinn auctions his design - W2 1RH - at The Paddington Trail gala auction at Christie's, raising -ú62,000 for the NSPCC (c) Christie's Images Ltd 2014

Protecting your possessions in storage and transit

suzywithred_vaseThere is a lot at stake during your move, so it is important to make sure that you are adequately prepared. Aside from the money, time and effort it takes to move home, you have to take into account everything that you are moving with you. Your furniture, clothes, and belongings may hold great value to you, whether financial or emotional. Nobody wants to arrive at their new home to find that some of their prized possessions and treasured memories have been lost or broken during the move.

For some people, you will be moving out of one home and into another on the same day, so will only need to protect your belongings during the moving process. For others, you may be moving country, or may have to store your possessions for a period of time while you are in between properties, so you need to take this into account when protecting your possessions.

When you move home, make sure your belongings are packed securely in clearly labelled boxes. For more valuable items, it is always best to secure them with padding, such as bubble wrap, to add an extra layer of protection.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends or family, or hire a professional removal company who can make the packing and moving process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

If you need to store some of your belongings during your move, use a company you can trust. Pickfords have a nationwide network of storage facilities, with a solution to suit every situation.