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Fundraising with the Cooke & Mason group

As a group we have always been keen supporters of fund-raising activities for charitable causes. In addition to the usual Red Nose and "dress code" days our staff have completed a number of charity challenges including tackling a 62 mile walk in May 2010 and rowing the English Channel (sort of) in January 2011 and February 2012.

'It's A Knockout' team raising valuable funds for St Barnabas Hospice.

On sunday 10th July, staff from Cooke & Mason competed in the 2016 ‘St Barnabas Hospice It’s A Knock Out’ in Lincoln.

The team called "Risky Business" raised over £1,650 for the hospice. 

Well done to all invovled and thank you to all that sponsored the team.


Cooke & Mason raise over £1000 for Movember Charity!

That is it. Movember is over and Cooke & Mason’s Mo Bros are now relieved to be moustache free! 

However, their growing efforts over the course of November means Cooke & Mason’s Mo Bros have been able to raise a fantastic £1144 for charity.

The money raised will go to helping the battle against prostate and testicular cancer and helping men with mental health.

Congratulations to Adrian Hiley, Andrew Lingley, Andy Gregory, Andy Needham, Chris Hewitt, David Butler, David Charles, David Wagstaff, Iain Napier, Ian Lewis, Matt Glossop, Richard Lloyd, Steve Nicholson, Stuart Upton and Wayne Hardy for their moustache growing skills this Movember and a big thank you to everyone that has generously donated to the cause.

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Staff at Cooke & Mason have today raised over £250 for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity. 

Taking part in the national ‘Wear It Pink’ fundraising campaign, the company ran a Bake Sale and a cake-themed Sweepstake, in 

addition to sporting a wonderful array of pink outfits.  A special mention goes out to ‘Pretty in Pink’ Sheena Smith who raised £55 single-handedly for wearing her fabulous pomegranate pink bridesmaids dress. 

“We have some wonderful bakers in the company and their contributions have been amazing; they were soon snapped up in the cake sale.  Very generous donations were also made as prizes for the Sweepstake, including a brand new Panasonic Bread Maker.  Congratulations to the winner, Tracey Hudson!  Colleagues have really got behind this event and have had fun whilst raising money for this important cause.  Well done to everyone!” Said Vicky Charles, Director.   

Cooke and Mason’s own Spartacus runs for Multiple Sclerosis Charity

Image Courtesy of Sparta Sprint

On the 8th September 2013, Iain Napier from our Haulage team, took part in a ‘Spartan Sprint’, a 5 km race consisting of more than 30 different obstacles. 

Running on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Charity, Iain had to endure physical and mental challenges including climbing cargo nets, crawling under barb wire and through mud, throwing javelins at targets and other similar activities during the run. 

Iain completed the run in 1 hour and 34 minutes, finishing in a respectable 807 place out of 1232 and raising over £500 for the MS Charity. 

Iain said: “I knew it was going to be tough but it was a lot harder than I expected it to be. It was obviously physically demanding, but I’d no idea how mentally challenging it was to finish. At the end I was exhausted, but by finishing I feel I have really achieved something.”

For more information on Multiple Sclerosis and how you can help, please visit:

(Image courtesy of Sparta Sprint) 

'It's A Knockout' team raising valuable funds for local hospice

In July 2013, Staff from Cooke & Mason recently competed in the ‘St Barnabas Hospice It’s A Knock Out’ in Lincoln.  In temperatures reaching 30 degrees, and cheered on by family and friends, they battled over giant inflatables and through rivers of foam to take a well-deserved 6th place.

The team, ‘Risky Business,’ raised over £1000 for the hospice which provides specialist palliative and end of life care for the local community.The Risky Business team consisted of Adrian Hiley, Chris Hewitt, David Wagstaff, Dolph Malone, Lee Davis, Matthew Glossop, Melanie Jackson, Steve Nicholson, Craig Beaumont and Tanya Hickson. 

Cooke & Mason - Champions of Annual DNCC Football Tournament

Cooke and Mason’s 5-a-side team were proud winners of this year’s DNCC (Derby and Nottingham Chamber of Commerce) Annual Football Tournament. The tournament took place on the 26th of February at the Nottingham Power League in aid of Wish upon a star Foundation. The team remained unbeaten in all their matches to reach the final which they won 3-0. Congratulations to all involved.

Rowing The Channel In Aid Of The Nomad Trust

On the 4th Feb 2012 our Retford and Lincoln offices entered teams on the Nomad Trusts annual 35km "Row the Channel" charity challenge.

17 teams descended on the Priory City of Lincoln Academy for the endurance race to raise money for the Nomad Trust, a charity that has be helping the homeless in Lincoln for over 25 years. In keeping with the charitable spirit of the day our teams elected to let someone else finish first coming in at a respectable 4th and 6th, in a time of 2 hours 10 minutes and 2 hours 15 minutes respectively.

Early indications show the event managed to raise over £6,000 for the charity with the final figure still to be confirmed.

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Image courtesy of the Retford Times

Well done to all teams that entered the event.

Lifesaving Club Worthy Winners Of £1,250 Award And Entered Into the Aviva National Broker Community Funding competition.

Cooke & Mason plc are pleased to announce that the Retford & District Lifesaving Club have been selected as the winning entry by the Retford Times in our search to find a local good cause to enter into the Aviva National Broker Community Funding competition.

The RDLS now have the chance of securing up to £15,000 in funding in the nationwide competition but to ensure that the club won some funding Cooke & Mason has made its own award of £1,250. The winner of the national competition will be announced on the 19th April 2012 and we will keep you posted on how our nominated cause does.

June 2011 - Race for Life

All 24 members (plus Herbert the Labrador) of Cooke & Mason's Race for Life team successfully completed the Clumber Park 5km Race for Life on Sunday 12 June.

Thank you to clients, insurers and staff whose kind support and generosity raised £3,500 for Cancer Research UK which, we are sure you will agree, is a tremendous achievement.

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January 2011 - Rowing the English Channel

In January 2011 a small team took part in an event to row across the English Channel, a 35km distance.

In fact we never left dry land; the race took place in the Riverside Shopping Centre in Lincoln, using rowing machines linked to a projected screen to display your position. Overall there were 11 teams that took part, with crew numbers ranging from 4 to 10 - all competing on behalf of "The Nomad Trust", a Lincoln charity helping the homeless.

The event was a great success and raised over £3,000 for a very worthy cause. At the end our crew could even manage a smile - of sorts!

May 2010 - 100km trek

After weeks of planning a team of 11 set out for a fund raiser that would push their stamina to its limits. The aim was to complete 100km in 24 hours, a task which would involve hiking through the night and only stopping for essential breaks.

The challenge started and ended in Skipton with the route taking them through large parts of the Yorkshire dales, an area renowned for its natural beauty, that is unless you went on the same day as our team who found it to be an area renowned for its heavy rain, dense fog and thick mud.

After 32km the team found themselves at the peak of Pen-y-ghent, the rain had stopped falling, electing instead to travel horizontally aided by some strong winds, and the team lost a few members to injury with the rest forging on into the evening.

From the team who originally set out that morning only 5 managed to complete the full 100km but they managed to raise almost £2000 for charity with it being split between the NSPCC and Bassetlaw Hospice.