TK Components in association with Bodycheck: RMCH Charity "Many Hands" Champions
25th March, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity (RMCH
Charity) held its Many Hands Campaign finale at The Midland Hotel,
The campaign, spearheaded for the third time by renowned
businessman Theo Paphitis, has raised £52,000 from 52 participating
companies since last year's launch. The famed Dragon's Den star
presented TK Components, a luxury kitchen company based in Denton
and their partners in the competition, health and fitness club
Bodycheck, Glossop as winner of Many Hands 2015, following an
impressive pitch to judges.
The Many Hands Campaign, which was first launched in 2008,
encouraged North-West businesses to support the charity by signing
up to a fundraising target of £1,000 each over the course of twelve
The Many Hands finale saw five shortlisted companies pitching to
a panel of judges with the aim of becoming champion of Many Hands
2015. The winning company showed the most initiative in developing
an exciting fundraising concept; in this case it was 'children
TK Components' team actually consisted of the children of owners
from both companies, something never seen before at a Many Hands
Campaign! The five young girls, Adarna, Damara and Santia
Hazelhurst along with their friends Sophie and Lucy Campbell,
persuaded their parents to let them organise a fun-run alongside a
wide range of other fundraising ventures.
The other shortlisted companies were CityCo for their range of
initiatives including their executive Lunch and Lecture with Gary
Neville, Smith Goodfellow PR for their list of "extraordinary
events" throughout the year and Marketing Profile for their
popular golf day. Also joining the nominees was Salutions Ltd for
their Midsummer and Winter Galas.
The evening, which also included a Q&A session with Theo
Paphitis was hosted by esteemed former BBC presenter, Andy Johnson.
Andy is best known for presenting Inside Out and now uses his
expertise to run his own company, Andy Johnson Media.
The judges making the all-important decision were Maurice
Watkins CBE, Chairman of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Charity and Theo Paphitis. They were joined by founder of
Discuss Manchester, Michael Taylor and Gary Chaplin, executive
head-hunter and Charity ambassador.
Money raised by this year's campaign will support the
enhancement of the hospital's Burns Unit, which last year
celebrated its 60th anniversary. Originally opened at the old Booth
Hall hospital site in the 1950s before transferring to the new
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital site in 2009, the specialist
Burns Unit deals with thermal injuries of all types and level of
severity suffered by children from across the North-West.
Commenting on the Campaign, long-term supporter of the charity,
Theo Paphitis, said:
"I would like to congratulate all businesses involved in the
campaign for their efforts in exceeding the fundraising target of
£50,000, a truly impressive feat. In particular, the winners
demonstrated such passion and drive in raising over £6000, despite
their young age. I am sure they will all make fine businesswomen in
This year's Many Hands finalists have been exemplary in
developing innovative concepts to make a genuine difference to the
level of funds raised for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
Each of the companies have displayed qualities which made them all
worthy winners, demonstrating that no matter the size of a business
a highly-commendable contribution can be made."
Maurice Watkins CBE, Chairman of Royal Manchester Children's
Hospital Charity, added:
"We are very grateful to Theo for his continued involvement in
this fundraising campaign which will enable the enhancement of the
hospital's burns unit. For our young patients the unit can often be
a very frightening place; the funds raised by Many Hands will be
used to create calming and interactive artworks which will provide
a necessary distraction from often very painful and distressing
Theo's profile has inspired a variety of businesses to become
involved in the campaign. The Charity would like to thank
them for their valuable contribution. Many Hands really does
highlight how companies, small or large, can engage with their
local community to produce long-lasting and meaningful
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity is raising money to
ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the
hospital - improving the lives of thousands of children each year
across the North West and beyond.
For more information about Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Charity please visit www.rmchcharity.org.uk
For further information
please contact Aimee Lawless 07827 866286 or e-mail email@example.com
Notes to Editors
About Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
- The Charity provides resources to make a difficult time a
little bit easier for children and their families who use Royal
Manchester Children's Hospital.
- Royal Manchester Children's Hospital treats over 200,000
patients every year. They come from all over the North West
of England and from other parts of the country for some highly
- Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity is part of the
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Charity. Registered charity number 1049274.
- The other hospitals which make up Central Manchester
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity are: University
Dental Hospital of Manchester Charity; Manchester Royal Eye
Hospital Charity; Manchester Royal Infirmary Charity; Saint Mary's
Hospital Charity; Trafford Hospitals Charity
About Theo Paphitis
- Theo Paphitis is one of the UK's most high profile businessmen.
His empire spans retail, property, finance and consumer goods.
- Theo is Chairman of Ryman Stationery and of homewares
specialist Robert Dyas as well as the chairman and founder of
lingerie brand Boux Avenue , and co-owner of Red Letter Days.
- For further information about Theo Paphitis please