The company has always been committed to supporting its local community through support of charities, local groups and environmental bodies.
In 2013 the company established its very own charity. The 'George Cox Foundation'. The charity is run by a board of volunteers (trustees and representatives) from the staff and operatives known as the 'Working Group'. The board meets on a bi-monthly basis and the function of the group is two-fold: -
A Charitable Trust
A Working Group
Mill Lane Baby Memorial
After completing the extension works at Mill Lane Cemetery, we were approached by Lindsay Bryan of Stockport Cemeteries department asking if the foundation could help with the Baby Memorial Area they were planning within the grounds.
In total the Cemetery was awarded £16,000 to complete the project. The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS) based at Stepping Hill Hospital donated £11,000 and The George Cox Foundation provided £5,000 towards the project.
The plan was to develop a meaningful area within the cemetery that will bring comfort to parents who have lost their babies. This was achieved by installing a block paved walkway to gain access to the baby burial area and the construction of a bespoke oak pergola with a seating area underneath.
In order to make the project a success the Foundation engaged with their supply chain who very kindly donated materials and plant as follows: -
The project was completed September 2019 much to the delight of all parties.
We were approached by a previous client to participate in a community project after the George Cox Foundation installed a disabled ramp for her business. A group of volunteers, driven by the practice manager and doctors of Alvanley Family Practice required assistance in transforming an overgrown plot of land into allotments for the local community. The Alvanley Family Practice Champions aimed to get local residents out of isolation and moving outside to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
To gain a full understanding of the project requirements, our site supervisor visited the site with volunteer members to assess the conditions and to capture what they envisioned. After preliminary discussions, our first task was to clear the ground of weeds and overgrown vegetation and install a cabin to act as an office for meetings. We then created raised beds for planting and growing vegetables whilst also constructing a sandpit for children to play in.
The Practice Champions priorities of the project were to create a space accessible to all residents. This involved providing level pathways for wheelchair and pram access whilst also ensuring raised beds were at a comfortable height for all.
This community project also provided our apprentices with a unique opportunity to practice a variety of paving techniques through close mentoring and training from our skilled tradesmen on site. As all materials were locally sourced from leftover storage, part of the challenge for our apprentices was to learn how to utilise the varying sizes in block paving to construct a consistent pathway that met the criteria. In doing so, each of the 6 individual footpaths were built using a different paving technique (flag / block / tarmac), this allowed valuable opportunities for them to practice and develop their skills. In addition to paving, they were also taught how to safely operate the machines, providing them with experience across all aspects of work on site. Projects like these enable us to offer beneficial training to our apprentices in efforts to develop their skills through practical work.
In September 2018 we had the pleasure in helping a local Bolton family by taking part in DIY SOS:The Big Build.
The Taylor-Mann's family current house was unfit for purpose and causing a massive strain on the family. Their son suffers from severe Autism, he is extremely hypersensitive to noise and being in such close proximity to his siblings is often just too much for him to bear.
The George Cox Foundation members approached the team at DIY SOS and volunteered to block pave the drive and construct a drop kerb at the front of the house.
The George Cox Team included; John Walsh, Scott Parkinson, Kevin Holroyd, Paul Coombes, Jordan Timmins and Iain McDermott.
St Thomas' Church
The trust was approached by the church committee members to ask for assistance in creating a safe drop-off and turning area.
It had been a long held ambition, to have a safe drop-off and turning area, especially for bridal cars and funeral hearses having to stop on the busy A6.
The drop-off and turning area was block paved in keeping with the heritage of the grade II listed church.
James Conway Memorial
James Conway took part in one of the most daring commando raids of World War Two, where he was one of the 12 men who paddled more than 80 miles in canoes up the Gironde to plant limpet mines on shipping in the German occupied French city of Bordeaux in 1942.
Only two men survived the raid; James was captured and executed whilst making his escape over the border into neutral Spain. These brave men ultimately became known as the 'Cockleshell Heroes'.
If you are a local North-West based charity or group requiring support, whether that be by means of sponsorship or labour and resources please do not hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you.