The Covid-19 pandemic has provided a difficult few years, that have undoubtedly impacted not only those within our community, but also those on a wider, global scale. However throughout these uncertain times at Smylies we believe it is crucial to remain positive during this period, and one thing that has kept us upbeat is seeing how our community among others have come together to support those less fortunate in these uncertain times.
As a family run business, we have humble values at Smylies. During these turbulent times we will continue to conduct our community support duties, as those that need our help require support now more than ever. Our ‘Keep Smyling’ slogan - which was created by one of our directors’ daughters - is something you may see frequently in our content during the ongoing pandemic, as it emphasises the positive outlook that is required to support each other throughout this unusual spell.
So remember to Keep Smyling, and together we can make a positive difference.
During the summer month of August 2021, Chris and Alex Smylie, both completed the Tour De Mon on the picturesque island of Anglesey. The challenge was part of a broader charity initiative throughout the summer of 2021 and into the latter months of the year.
The 172km cycling sportive was completed in just under 8 hours and was a prominent event to raise funds for our chosen charities, Koala NW and Will’s Wish. Throughout the ride both Chris and Alex were able to take in the breath-taking views as they soaked up the natural beauty found on the island of Anglesey, making this challenge even more worthwhile. Read more about the Tour De Mon by checking out our recent blog post!READ MORE
July 2022 saw 15 members of the Smylies team raise money for The Martin Gallier Project, by completing a 2,424mile challenge. Over the course of this month, our brilliant team covered the distance through various activities, such as running, walking and cycling. This fundraiser was created in memory of our colleague Kasia, who passed away in early 2022. As Kasia was from Rumia in Poland, which is 1.212 miles from Smylies HQ, we decided to cover the distance there and back, virtually.
By August, the team had clocked up a total of 2,611 miles, exceeding the goal and raising £7,536 in total from online, offline and other donations to our fundraiser. Some of the money raised will go to The Clatterbridge Cancer charity, a cause that Smylies has supported for a number of years, as well as The Martin Gallier Project.
Find out more about July’s fundraising activities in our dedicated article.
Twenty-five Smylies’ team members tackled Mount Snowdon, the famous peak of Wales in memory of our beloved colleague, Kasia, who sadly passed away in January 2022. During the hike, they were accompanied by two canine friends, making the trek that bit more memorable.
The Smylies team took the opportunity to take team photos along the way, with many smiles, despite the gloomy clouds above.
Read more about the Smylies Mount Snowdon experience by checking out our news area.
Find out more about the newly nominated charity by the Smylies family
The Martin Gallier Project is the only suicide intervention, prevention and postvention service offered in the North West of England. As a non-clinical suicide support centre, the charity supports invidiuals experiencing suicidal crisis and also provides training for suicide intervention.
The Martin Gallier Project works incredibly hard to offer support that can be accessed easily by the local community and they play a vital role in raising awareness around the topic of suicide and mental health.