£10,000 Fundraising Pledge Success!

A Coventry security firm which aimed to raise money for ten different charities during its tenth anniversary in 2019 has achieved its ambitious fundraising target.

Stadium’s staff have raised more than £10,000 for the charities after taking part in more than 30 fundraising events throughout the year.

The firm’s appeal was launched in February 2019 with its male staff braving a charity spray tan.

Further events during the year included staff conquering the Three Peaks Challenge, abseiling down the side of Coventry Cathedral, a 5km ‘Pretty Muddy’ obstacle course, and flying across the Ricoh Arena on a zipwire.

The money will be shared between Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK, Coventry & Warwickshire Mind, Emmaus, Macmillan Cancer Support, Myton Hospices, The Forest Hermitage, YoungMinds and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.

Maria Holmes-Keeling, marketing manager at Stadium who organised the appeal, said every member of the Stadium staff had contributed to the fundraising efforts.

“Our staff have worked so hard to contribute to this fundraising appeal, so we’re really pleased to have met our fundraising pledge,” she said.

“The charities we’ve raised money for all had personal connections to our staff, which meant everyone had strong incentives to raise as much as they possibly could for the appeal.

“We really threw ourselves into the charity events – many of our male staff members braved their first ever spray tans, and we were so relieved to complete tough physical events like the Three Peaks Challenge.

“Raising all this money is a fitting way to have marked our tenth anniversary, and we’re so glad to have supported these ten local and national charities which all do such great work.”

Stadium’s tenth anniversary was notable for other reasons besides raising more than £10,000 for its charities.

The firm scooped a Midlands Business Award for ‘Innovation of the Year’, expanded its international connections and has trained 1,300 senior safety officials in Qatar ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

It also rebranded from its old name of ‘StadiumTM’ to ‘Stadium’, and launched a new website reflecting the name change in the summer.

This was in order to give the brand more focus and show that Stadium also leases hostile vehicle mitigation barriers to clients and provides safety training around the world.

David McAtamney, founder and managing director of Stadium, added: “This has been a fantastic year for Stadium.

“We have provided training to clients around the world, grown our team and raised a wonderful amount of money for charities that mean so much to our staff.

“We have come a long way since our foundation in 2009, and we are looking forward to continuing our success in 2020 and beyond.”

Stadium Conquer Three Peaks Challenge

An intrepid team of nine, from a leading events and security firm based in Coventry, successfully completed a mountaineering challenge to raise money for a charity close to their company’s finance director’s heart.

The team from Stadium finished the ‘Three Peaks Challenge’ – where England, Scotland and Wales’s highest mountains must be climbed within 24 hours – to raise money for cancer charity Macmillan as part of their 10th year anniversary campaign.

Stadium’s finance director Steve McCabe chose to raise money for the charity due to support it gives to his grandmother, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The team smashed their target of £1,500 after successfully getting to the top of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within the time limit.

Steve said: “This challenge was hard work – climbing these tough mountains all within 24 hours was certainly no picnic. And driving everyone between the mountains wasn’t easy for the designated driver either.

“But the team really pulled together when it counted and supported each other all the way.”

Macmillan helped Steve’s grandmother apply for a blue badge, and provides her with financial support. The charity also explains complicated terminology used at hospitals to help her understand exactly what is going on.

And Steve was delighted the team from Stadium had helped raise so much money for Macmillan.

He added: “I’m really humbled by all the donations so far. We smashed our target and more money is coming in by the day.

“Macmillan has helped my family so much since my Nan was diagnosed with terminal cancer, so I’m especially grateful to everyone for supporting this wonderful cause.”

The fundraising was also part of Stadium’s goal to raise £10,000 for ten different charities during 2019 – the firm’s tenth anniversary.

Alongside Macmillan, the campaign will raise money for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK, Coventry & Warwickshire Mind, Emmaus, Myton Hospices, The Forest Hermitage, YoungMinds and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.

Stadium is still appealing for further donations. Anyone wishing to donate should visit the team’s Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stadium?utm_id=27

Charity abseil raises more than £1,000 for Myton Hospice

The new Coventry Cathedral was the site of a charity abseil as 125 people descended down its 100ft walls to raise money for Myton Hospice.

And five brave women from Coventry-based event management company StadiumTM were among the people who scaled down the iconic building.

Maria Holmes-Keeling, Jade Haverty, Jemma Baillie, Rosie Hyde and Abi Watt took on the abseil as part of StadiumTM’s challenge to raise £10,000 for 10 different charities to mark their 10th anniversary all through this year.

The team were cheered on by their friends and family who came along to support them.

And their efforts managed to raise more than £1,000 for Myton – with further money expected to come in through later donations – after all of them successfully completed the descent.

Maria, marketing manager at StadiumTM, said the windy conditions on the day made the abseil a little more challenging than expected.

She said: “It was pretty breezy at the top, and very cold. I’d abseiled before but the conditions certainly made it a bit more nerve-wracking for some.

“Even though the weather wasn’t great, we all got down the cathedral safe and sound with smiles on our faces.

“Myton is such a wonderful charity and it was an honour to raise money for them by being part of their charity abseil. We hope the money we raised will help Myton continue to provide the best quality care for their patients.”

The abseil aimed to raise £35,000 in total for Myton to fund the recruitment, salary and training of a nurse for one year.

It was just one event out of 30 that StadiumTM will be taking part in to raise money for various charities throughout the year.

Alongside Myton Hospices, StadiumTM’s campaign will raise money for nine other charities: Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK, Coventry & Warwickshire Mind, Emmaus, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Forest Hermitage, YoungMinds and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.

Further events planned for this year include staff taking on the Three Peaks Challenge and staff holding an ‘It’s a Knockout’ style fundraising day.

StadiumTM is a specialist supplier of traffic management, stewarding, security and training services to the events industry, both nationally and internationally. It also supplies temporary Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) barriers helping protect visitors at events against potential vehicle-ramming attacks.

Although the firm’s head office is in Coventry, it has a number of high-profile clients across the UK from Premier League football clubs to local authorities, so many of its workers are based elsewhere in the country.

Anyone wishing to donate should visit StadiumTM’s fundraising page at chuffed.org/project/stadiumtm

Strip for Spray Tan: 10th Anniversary Fundraising Celebrations

Six brave workers at a Coventry-based event management firm stripped off to receive their first ever spray tan to officially launch an anniversary charity campaign.

The spray tan, held at the head offices of event management specialists StadiumTM in Coventry, was one of many events being held this year to raise a minimum of £10,000 which will be split between ten different charities to celebrate the company’s tenth anniversary.

The six men were all bronzed in turn by Jade Haverty, staffing coordinator at StadiumTM, who has experience in spray tanning.

More than £400 was raised on the day for YoungMinds, and a further £100 was later raised at a fundraising quiz.

Maria Holmes-Keeling, marketing manager at StadiumTM, is organising the year-long anniversary fundraising campaign and thanked the men for having the courage to volunteer.

She said: “I’ve got to thank all the men who took part for being brave enough to get their kit off and have a spray tan in aid of YoungMinds, the charity chosen by Jade for this fundraising activity.

“Jade’s idea to perform a charity spray tan was brilliant and she did a fantastic job. They all look they’ve been on the beach for a few weeks.

“It was such a fun way to launch our campaign to raise £10,000 for ten different charities. I hope our other planned events later in the year are just as successful.”

StadiumTM’s campaign will raise money for ten different charities: Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK, Coventry & Warwickshire Mind, Emmaus, Macmillan Cancer Support, Myton Hospices, The Forest Hermitage, YoungMinds and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.

Further charity events planned for this year include an abseil down Coventry Cathedral, a Three Peaks Challenge and an ‘It’s a Knockout’ style fundraising day.

StadiumTM is a specialist supplier of traffic management, stewarding, security and training services to the events industry, both nationally and internationally. It also supplies temporary Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) barriers helping protect visitors at events against potential vehicle-ramming attacks.

Although the firm’s head office is in Coventry, it has a number of high-profile clients across the UK from Premier League football clubs to local authorities, so many of its workers are based elsewhere in the country.

Maria came up with the idea to put together a fundraising calendar of events to not only raise money for a number of good causes, but as a way of bringing staff members together.

Maria added: “When we first launched the campaign, we asked our staff what charities were close to their hearts. They replied with a lovely mix of local and national charities.

“We’ve got so much going on this year, and every worker at StadiumTM can get involved with any of the activities.

“This campaign is a way of raising money for all sorts of charities, but also to have fun and unite our teams across the UK, working together to give something back to the communities we live in and help those less fortunate than ourselves.”

Anyone wishing to donate should visit StadiumTM’s fundraising page at chuffed.org/project/stadiumtm