Win a WHIZZPOPPING BFG soft toy! [competition now closed]

To celebrate the release of director Steven Spielberg’s THE BFG, in UK cinemas July 22, Pickfords, the official removals partner of The BFG Dream Jar Trail, is offering children the chance to win one of three WHIZZPOPPING BFG soft toys!

Encourage your child to draw their favourite dream and write their name in The BFG’s empty Dream Jar, take a photo of them with the drawing and post it as a Facebook Status on facebook.com/Pickfords or Tweet it to @Pickfords before 31 August 2016.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS YOUR DOWNLOADABLE ENTRY PACK: http://bit.ly/29zqpDv.

We’ ll announce the winning entries via Facebook and Twitter on 13 September 2016. The winners will be contacted via direct message so we can post your prize!

To find out more about The BFG Dream Jar Trail and the new film, visit http://www.visitlondon.com/bfg.

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Pickfords delivers childhood dreams for The BFG

Pickfords has been appointed the official removals partner for The BFG Dream Jar Trail, a nation-wide event which sees 50 giant ‘dream jar’ sculptures placed across the capital and the UK from 9 July – 31 August to mark Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday and the release of The BFG in UK cinemas on 22 July.

Pickfords will move the 50 dream jars from the 3DEye studios where the designs have been brought to life, to their final locations ahead of the launch of The BFG Dream Jar Trail on 9 July. Visitors and locals will be able to help The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) find his missing jars by visiting “splendiferous” locations such as Trafalgar Square, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, St Paul’s Cathedral, Leicester Square, Tower of London, Glasgow, Manchester Lowry Square and The Hays in Cardiff.

Each giant jar will contain the dreams of celebrities and top artists such as Steven Spielberg, Sophie Dahl, Quentin Blake, Nadiya Hussain of Bake Off fame, Paralympian David Weir, Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams and Arsenal Football Club. They will be auctioned after the trail in aid of Save the Children, as well as Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

Pickfords’ Managing Director, Russell Start said: “We are delighted to be involved in The BFG Dream Jar Trail, an event that will inspire visitors to explore London, and most importantly, help raise money for two fantastic childrens’ charities.”

See visitlondon.com/bfg to find out more about The BFG Dream Jar Trail or follow #BFGDreamJars on social media.

Meet Daniel Maples

Meet Daniel Maples. This brave 3-year-old has a rare condition called lamellar ichthyosis, causing his skin to become thickened and cracked.

Daniel’s skin sheds six times faster than normal, leaving a thick build up underneath the top layer.

Daniel’s father, Pickfords Home Moving Consultant Steve Maples, has to smother Daniel in medical jelly every four hours to stop his delicate skin from cracking.

Steve will be taking part in ‘Itchthycyclotron’ next month to raise money for the Ichthyosis Support Group, dedicated to providing support for affected families and funding medical research to help fight the condition.

Please click below to help Steve reach his £500 target and show your support for Daniel and this great charity.

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Hannah conquers the Half

Hannah Half Marathon

Well done to Cardiff Branch Manager Hannah Eccleston, finishing this weekend’s World Half Marathon Championship in 2 hours 28 minutes, raising over £500 for Pickfords’ partner charity, the NSPCC!

Hannah battled hail, high winds and near-horizontal rain for the 13.1 mile race, although this didn’t stop the supportive crowds coming out to cheer on the runners.

Hannah said:

“It was an amazing event and I managed to raise £503 for the NSPCC, which made my soaking wet state and the end feel worthwhile! A big thank you to everyone who sponsored me.”

Mission Christmas record smashed with over 78,000 gifts donated!

A huge thank-you to Pickfords Dorset and Southampton for once again working incredibly hard alongside local radio station Wave 105 to distribute thousands of gifts to disadvantaged children over the Christmas period.

Wave 105’s ‘Mission Christmas’ encourages the public to purchase an extra gift during their seasonal shop at Sainsbury’s and place it in a Pickfords packing box.

Gary Casey and his team then collect the assorted gifts and deliver them to the warehouses for sorting and distribution, ready for Christmas morning.

Thanks to the commitment of the branches, thousands of children in poverty who would have otherwise gone without, woke up on Christmas morning with presents under the tree.

Pickfords South West has supported Mission Christmas for the last six years, this year collecting 78,382 toys, teddies, games and books for the campaign, over 10,000 more than last year’s haul! A massive well-done to Gary and the team!

 

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Cambridge carries cardboard combat-zone

Thank you to the team at Pickfords Cambridge for supporting local childrens’ charity Romsey Mill with an abundance of packing cartons, helping create a battleground for their recent ‘lads only’ Nerf War event!

The branch also lent parking access to the charity’s mini bus for their ‘girls only’ Sing Dizzy karaoke contest.

Ollie Leonard, Youth Development Worker for the local area, was quick to praise the branch and crew:

“The team [were] so incredibly friendly and supportive. We can’t thank you enough!”

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Cambridge branch helps promote cycling for the disabled

A massive thank-you to Kevin Hughes and Pickfords Cambridge for helping promote cycling for all at the Cherry Hinton Festival at the Cherry Hinton Recreation Ground, Cambridge, this weekend.

Kevin transported specialist bicycles and unloaded them at the Recreation Ground for You Can Bike Too, a local community project that helps nervous, new and disabled riders gain confidence in cycling.

Ruth Brannan, Community Facilitator for You Can Bike Too, was quick to thank the Cambridge branch for their help:

“Saturday went like clockwork; Kevin was a superstar! The Cherry Hinton Festival appreciated your support and we did too.

The man with a van was so happy to help us; he was a brilliant support for our project.”

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Pickfords and College of Policing raise £13,000 for British Heart Foundation

A big thank-you to College of Policing for helping Pickfords raise up to £13,670 for British Heart Foundation from over 270 items of furniture donated during the College’s recent office relocation.

College of Policing appointed Pickfords Business Solutions to move and environmentally dispose of various office equipment and furniture from multiple office sites, in the process of relocating to a new building in Sunningdale, Berkshire.

Household appliances and furniture were donated to British Heart Foundation, totalling 276 items, to help fund pioneering research in the fight against heart disease.

A portion of the remaining furniture was donated to LAM Action for remodelling, gym and canteen equipment was donated to Office Clearances for reuse by a school in Senegal, and the office furniture donated to the Hook Village Halls charity. Any remaining items were recycled.

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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