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Red Door Caritas Arts & Crafts


We believe in the power of kindness, community, and creativity. Today, we are thrilled to share our recent initiative in support of our local homeless charity, Red Door Caritas.
Red Door is more than just a charity; they provide not only the essentials like food and shelter but also a warm and supportive environment that helps individuals get back on their feet. We understand that art has the incredible power to heal, inspire, and connect. That’s why we’ve donated a generous supply of arts and crafts materials to Red Door. By providing visitors with the means to express themselves creatively, we can contribute to their well-being and sense of self-worth.

Our commitment to our local community extends beyond the workplace. We are proud to stand with organisations like Red Door, who work to provide and a sense of belonging to those in need.

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World Mental Health Day


Every October, the World Health Organisation recognizes World Mental Health Day, shedding light on a cause close to our hearts.

This year’s theme, ‘Mental health is a universal human right,’ set by the World Federation for Mental Health, resonates deeply with our commitment to mental well-being. For over 70 years, World Health Organisation has been working tirelessly to ensure that mental health is treated with the same importance as physical health. Mental health issues impact lives, families, workplaces, and communities, affecting everyone.

We firmly believe that we must collectively work to prevent mental ill-health, championing mental well-being as individuals and as a society. The Rakem Group are proud to have a team of qualified mental health first aiders, dedicated to providing support and care to our valued team members. We strive to create a nurturing environment where conversations about mental health are encouraged, and seeking help is embraced.

World Mental Health Day serves as a powerful reminder of the significance of mental well-being. Let’s take this opportunity to prioritize our mental health, look out for one another, and foster a culture of open dialogue and support. 

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Cait Raff runs the Manchester Half Marathon!


This month Caitlin Clare Rafferty Rafferty ran the Manchester Half Marathon! She raised over £3000 for Macmillan Cancer SupportThe Christie NHS Foundation Trust, and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

She was also interviewed as one of 5 Amazing People who Ran the Manchester Half Marathon.
We want to say a big congratulations to Cait for not only raising the money but also smashing the marathon! Congratulations Caitlin!

Caitlin Said: “It’s been a difficult summer and I was unsure if I’d make it to the start line. I can’t thank my friends and family enough for everything they’ve done for me, I wouldn’t have been able to run today without them.”

To help her to keep raising money, click here.
Read Caitlin’s full interview here!

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Charity Lunch • October


Another fantastic month for our Rakem Group charity lunch! This month we are happy to support three separate charities, nominated by our Charity Committee!

Our first charity is New Beginnings Rescue For Romanian Dogs And Cats. They are a non-profit organisation that rescues dogs and cats from shelters in Romania, bringing them to the UK for rehoming. We were lucky enough to meet two of their pups Betty and Flory at the Charity Lunch!
To read more about New Beginnings, you can visit their Facebook page here!

Our second charity is Early Break, a charity offering information, support, and treatment for children and young people using drugs and alcohol. Early Break also offers holistic therapies, emotional health & well-being groups, mindfulness sessions, specialist bereavement & loss counselling, a ‘Fresh Start’ anti-bullying project and much more. They work on a ‘person-centred’ mindset, which means young people and families are at the centre of everything they do. Every young person sets their own goals and targets, and Early Break are there for them to support and help them reach their goals! To find out more about Early Break and what they offer, please visit their website here!

The final charity we’re donating to in October is The Glitter Ball in Association with World Prematurity Day. The money raised at the Glitter Ball is being split between three charities.

Firstly, “Bolton NICU”, where the money raised, this year will go to support additional breastfeeding chairs and all other elements that can allow parents to have a more hands-on approach.

The second one is, “The Ronald McDonald House Manchester”, which provides a vital service for families with children receiving treatment at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and St Mary’s Neonatal Unit. These units specialise in providing care and treatment for infants and children, and the accommodation offered by Ronald McDonald House is a crucial aspect of this care.

The third charity is “Sands”, a Manchester-based charity that supports parents dealing with the bereavement of a baby or infant. It offers emotional and practical support to families affected by the death of a baby, information and support to healthcare professionals, and funds research to improve bereavement care and reduce the loss of babies’ lives.

You can read more about The Glitter Ball in Association with World Prematurity Day here!

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Rugby legend visits Rakem Group


We recently had the absolute pleasure of hosting a true rugby legend, none other than Paul Sculthorpe!

It’s no secret that our late founder, Frank Rafferty, was a dedicated fan of the St. Helens team for as long as we could remember. Paul’s visit meant the world to all of us at The Rakem Group.

It’s moments like these that reminded us of the incredible connections and experiences that sport can bring!

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Our Values: Family


At the Rakem Group we’re not just a business, we’re a family. One of our core values, ‘Family’ runs deep, shaping our culture and guiding our every interaction.

From our dedicated team members who support one another like family, to our customers who are part of our extended family, we believe in creating a warm and inclusive environment where everyone feels at home.

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Business Safety Week


The Rakem Group believes safety is at the heart of everything we do. As we observe Business Safety Week, we take this moment to emphasise the importance of fire safety in the workplace.

Business Safety Week serves as a vital opportunity for us, along with NFCC and Fire and Rescue Services, to raise awareness among small and medium-sized businesses about their fire safety responsibilities. We understand that creating a secure and protected working environment is crucial for the well-being of our employees and the continuity of our operations. With safety as our priority, we actively provide our teams with comprehensive fire safety training and ensure that they are equipped to handle any emergency situation. We believe that preparedness is the key to preventing and mitigating risks.

Not only during Business Safety Week, but we want all our employees to know that support and advice are available to them throughout the year. We are committed to fostering a culture of safety, where every team member feels confident in promoting a secure workplace.

As we commemorate Business Safety Week, let’s continue to prioritise safety, champion a proactive approach to fire prevention, and create a work environment where everyone feels safe and protected. Together, we build a stronger, safer workplace for all.

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Burrs Live


As proud sponsors of Burrs Live, we were thrilled contribute to the magic of this event that brought the community together in the name of entertainment and togetherness.

We want to extend a huge round of applause to all the volunteers involved in making the week a resounding success so far!

Here’s to creating memories, sharing joy, and supporting our community’s vibrant culture. Let’s keep the music playing and the laughter echoing throughout the rest of the weekend!

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Brews for Bury


Bury Hospice knows how to blend community spirit with a good brew. They recently hosted their Brew For Bury, a delightful event that not only brought people together over their favorite beverages but also raised funds to support the incredible work of Bury Hospice.

It’s inspiring to see the power of camaraderie and a shared cup of goodness making a difference in the lives of those in need. Kudos to Bury Hospice for their unwavering dedication and creativity in fundraising.

Let’s raise our mugs to their success and the positive impact they continue to create in the community!

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Charity lunch • June ’23


Thank you to all who attended June’s Charity Lunch! It was another successful day of giving back, and we are thrilled to share the charities and causes we supported this month!

Firstly, we donated to The Christie NHS Foundation Trust once again. As the leading cancer centre for the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cancer Network, The Christie plays a crucial role in providing exceptional care and ground breaking research for cancer patients. Our contribution will help advance their mission and make a significant impact on the lives of countless individuals and families.

Next, we extended our support to Red Door, who secure safe accommodation with the support they need to make a new home and that no one has to sleep rough. Red Door offers essential services which meet immediate basic needs, promote mental health and wellbeing, enable people to access health and other support services and to take up education, training, volunteering opportunities and employment, as a means of sustaining positive housing outcomes. By donating to Red Door, we are proud to contribute to creating a safer and more compassionate community.

Furthermore, we proudly supported the The National Foundation for Retired Service Animals. This incredible organisation supports retired dogs and horses from the police, fire, prison and border force services by helping with medical and veterinary bills, which inevitably occur as they get older. We are proud to help support the NFRSA is there to help to ensure these wonderful animals can stay where they belong, with the families they love, as the years advance. It’s the least they deserve when they’ve devoted most of their lives to keeping us, the public, safe!

We are already excited for July’s Charity Month!

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