Wakemans has signed up for its second year participating in the Birmingham ‘Business Fives’ football event due to take place on: – Tuesday 19th March 2024 at the Powerleague, Birmingham. Business Fives is a fantastic opportunity for the football community to bond partaking in their favourite sport, competing against local business’s and raising funds and awareness for a chosen charity. This year we will be supporting the charity ‘Prostate Cancer UK’.
Last year we had a great tournament and finished in the Europa league, just missing out for promotion to the Champions league (due to injury and not lack of talent), so this year we are training with a view to going all the way.
The event Is led by Matt McWalter, Andy O’Connor and Steve Allen who are currently busy selecting the final squad from our keen participants and getting them in training for the big event.
Alongside ‘Business Fives’ several of us, namely those with little football talent are getting involved with the ‘March the Month’ event organised by Prostate Cancer UK. The aim is to do at least 11,000 steps a day during March. 11,000 represents more than 11,000 dads, brothers, grandads, partners and mates who succumb to prostate cancer every year.
We cannot guarantee that everyone will reach the 11,000 steps a day, but it is the taking part that matters and most importantly supporting the charity.
At the end of September, we waved farewell to our colleague Dawn Archer, who decided to retire after serving 21 years. Beginning her long tenure working part-time in our reception before joining the accounts team, Dawn was a much-loved member of staff. We will certainly miss her smiling face and happy demeanour around the office. We wish her all the best in her future adventures touring Europe with partner Tony.
Wakemans laid on an informal retirement party for all of Dawn’s colleagues and friends at our offices in Birmingham.
Bon Voyage Dawn!
Wakemans welcome Yanique Beckford
We welcomed Yanique Beckford to the Accounts Team in October. Yanique has previously worked in a range of Client-facing roles and is an enthusiastic addition to Wakemans.
Yanique has always loved mathematics and having completed accountancy training she exclaims that she has always wanted to work with figures. Yanique is fitting in well with her colleagues and having landed her ideal job she is looking forward to progressing her career with Wakemans.
Yanique says ‘I am so pleased to have finally achieved my dream of working in an accounts role and everyone at Wakemans has been so welcoming.’
The Wakemans team had a fantastic time at a recent get-together at Roxy Ball Room.
Harry Bayliss was the principal events planner for the evening. The event was a chance for our staff to get involved and take part in some fun games. A little competition was shared by all playing pool, bowling, basketball, shuffleboard and ping pong, there was something to suit everyone.
All of us agreed what a great night out . Providing an welcome opportunity for the team to relax and enjoy themselves away from the office. What a great team-building event it turned out to be.
Thank you to Harry and to everyone who came along, great to see you all.
Kayleigh Davenport sharp eye on the target.
Luke Burns and the pre-strike.
Ping Pong and the overhead shot from Jordan Hughes.
Dan Dafforn demonstrates the art of shuffleboard to Ben Pugh.
Andrew Hancock potting the red.
Will Taylor (foreground) and Sean Bennett shooting some hoops.
Dragon Boat Race, Llanberis
in support of St Davids Hospice, North West Wales (Hospis Dewi Sant)
Well done to our colleagues and associates that took part in ‘The Dragon Boat Race’ Padarn Lake, Llanberis on the 24th June 2023.
The team consisted of a 15 strong crew of Architects, Building Surveyors, Mechanical & Electrical Engineers, Structural and Civil Engineers from local companies including Dewis Architecture, Veridian and Vale.
The team succeeded in reaching the semi-finals over three heat races and were beaten by the team that went on to win the tournament.
The event proved to be fantastic fun day out in support of St Davids Hospice, North West Wales (Hospis Dewi Sant). Wakemans were pleased to sponsor our colleagues Dylan Morris (Regional Director) and Tom Hastings (Associate Director) with a contribution of £250 towards the charity, a cumulative contribution of £1000 was given on behalf of the team who took part and proudly represented professional services companies in the locality.
St David’s Hospice is a local charity providing hospice care to adult patients across Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey. The Hospice delivers free, high-quality, specialist palliative care to patients with life limiting illnesses, their family and carers. It currently costs over £5 million to run St David’s Hospice every year.
John & Friends Walk from Caernarfon Castle to the Summit of Yr Wyddfa Raising £1,606 for Blue Sky North Wales
Congratulations to our Divisional Director Dylan Morris and his friends who took part in an epic walk on the 10th September from Caernarfon Castle to the summit of Yr Wyddfa in Snowdon.
Dylan reached the summit in 5 hours 43 minutes and covering 17miles achieving a total elevation of 4,180ft!
Dylan undertook the walk alongside 10 friends to raise money for the Urology Dept Ysbyty Gwynedd where his friend John Parry had received exceptional care via the charity Awyr Las Gogledd Cymru / Blue Sky North Wales.
A total of £1,606 raised for this cause.
John Parry’s Charity Walk
Ten friends joined John to walk 17 miles from Caernarfon Castle to the summit of Yr Wyddfa and down to Llanberis. The walk left the shores of the Menai Strait and trekked along old railway tracks, through villages and up through Cefn Du quarry to Maesgwm – where they cut across to Hebron to start the ascent of Yr Wyddfa.
John Parry decided to organise the challenge having received excellent care from the Urology team based at Ysbyty Gwynedd the district general hospital in Bangor, where John underwent treatment for a prostrate problem which turned out to be a benign disease.
Prostate enlargement is a very common condition associated with ageing and more than 1 in 3 of all men over 50 will have some symptoms. Unfortunately, in the UK, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer with more than 45,000 new cases diagnosed every year.
It has been an exciting and busy year so far for the whole team at Wakemans so the Directors arranged a motivational get together to celebrate our recent project achievements. The event brought everyone together and was a great success. Wakemans like to create regular opportunities for team building so people can connect and interact in meaningful ways, outside of the usual meetings. It was also a great chance for some of our newest members of the team to get to know one another.
“The event proved highly successful, the weather was kind to us and our entire team appreciated a relaxed afternoon in what may be the last of the summer heat, enjoying some good company and conversation at our HQ in Edgbaston” says John Woodhall – Executive Chairman.
It’s four in a row for Knowle & Dorridge Racquets Club, which has clinched the 2019/20 Warwickshire Men’s Veteran’s League – with one match still to play!
We’re delighted to report that our client services director James Shelley once again played a key role in the club’s success. Alongside club captain Alistair Clark, managing director of AC Lloyd Homes, James was a regular in the A team, which has posted 11 wins and two draws in its 13 matches to date.
Knowle and Dorridge Racquets Club has secured an unassailable lead in the Division 1 title race following a 3-1 win in a recent match against Edgbaston Priory Club. Since the final match of the series is yet to be scheduled, the club is likely to end the season with even more points.
The Warwickshire Men’s Veterans League is open to tennis players aged 45 and over. At the close of the 2019/20 season Nuneaton Lawn Tennis Club, Leamington Tennis & Squash Club, Four Oaks Tennis Club, Knowle & Dorridge Racquets Club, Beechwood Lawn Tennis Club, Stratford-on-Avon Lawn Tennis Club and Edgbaston Priory Club will have played 56 fixtures.
Knowle & Dorridge Racquets Club is keen to continue its winning streak, which now stretches back to the 2016/17 season. This latest victory underlines how the club has reinforced its teams with quality players committed to improving their skills, having previously laid claim to the Warwickshire Men’s Veterans League Division 1 crown between 2009 and 2012.