Seashell Trust staff member and student laughing

Amazing apprenticeship levy gift from Sapphire Accounting

22nd March 2019

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Wilmslow-based Sapphire Accounting.

The accountancy firm is transferring 10% of its apprenticeship levy to Seashell to enable us to fund more apprenticeships for existing and new staff.

Any business can gift up to 10% of their overall levy to another business as it is a ‘use it or lose it’ tax. It is estimated only 8% of the total £1.28bn in apprentice levies paid over the last 12 months have been used so there is a huge amount of opportunity for companies to transfer their levy to charities.

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Martine Tempest-Mitchell, Sanjeev Bhatia, Aisha Kamani, Jolanta McCall, Joe Morris, Michael Josephson, Dianne Bourne are pictured at the launch for Seashell Trust's Strictly Seashell

Strictly Seashell: we reveal the stars of our show!

13th March 2019

We have finally unveiled the mystery stars of our second annual fundraising ballroom dance-off Strictly Seashell.

The big names from the North West’s corporate and social scene were revealed at a glitzy launch night held at society jewellers Boodles in Manchester city centre

With all tables already sold out and training well under way, the nine leaders willing to put their reputations on the line this year have officially been named as:

Aisha Kamani, Pretty Little Thing

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Jim Truscott, Fiona Wood and Dominic Tinner pose with their bikes

Law firms go the extra mile for Seashell Trust sportive

13th March 2019

Leading Manchester law firms Beyond Corporate Law and McAlister Family Law, part of the Beyond Professional Services Group, are to be principal sponsors of the Seashell Trust charity sportive.

Taking place on Sunday, September 15, 2019, the event will start and finish at our campus in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire. The event is expected to attract around 500 riders.

Now firmly in the North West sportive cycling calendar the four routes on offer, from 50km up to a gruelling 170km route, take in some of the best countryside the region has to offer.

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Harriett Morris enjoys Seashell Trust CADS holiday camp

Seashell Trust's half-term CADs is a recordbreaker

07th March 2019

Seashell Trust’s award-winning inclusive sport programme CADS is celebrating a record number of participants.

Over 80 young people attended our two-day half-term holiday sports camp in Cheadle Hulme.

Some 74 disabled children with a range of complex needs and 14 of their non-disabled peers and siblings enjoyed activities together, including swimming, arts and crafts, drama, tennis, and tri-golf.

Parents travel from far afield to ensure their child can attend as CADS, established over 15 years, is the only inclusive event of its kind in the region.

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Luke Kuhn Conor Ray and Jacques Potgieter who will be taking part in the ultramarathon for Seashell Trust

Trio of trailblazers to take on ultra-marathon in Sri Lanka

07th March 2019

A trailblazing trio are more than getting into their ultra-fundraising stride for Seashell Trust.

Luke Kuhn and Conor Ray, from professional services business Christie & Co, and Jacques Potgieter, a graduate surveyor with Sanderson Weatherall, are taking part in the five-day Ultra X Sri Lanka.

The adventurous trio, who were all brought up in Cape Town, South Africa, are taking part in a 250km ultra-marathon for Seashell Trust in April.

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Sponsors logo for Seashell Trust's Strictly Seashell event

Big name sponsors unveiled for Strictly Seashell Ball

04th March 2019

Seashell Trust is proud to announce the sponsors and partners of this year’s Strictly Seashell.

The fundraising dance-off for the Cheadle Hulme charity is returning on Saturday, May 11.

Competitors from the North West business and society worlds are already in training with their professional dancers in readiness. Their names will be revealed closer to the event.

Long-time Seashell Trust supporter PZ Cussons is this year’s headline sponsor for the glittering evening at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate

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Hayley Rose at the summit of Kilimanjaro in her KilimanjaROSE thermal top and her tiny Seashell Trust bear, from the charity where she works and for which she is raising money

KilimanjaRose conquers highest mountain in Africa to raise £2,000

01st March 2019

Seashell Trust's personal assistant to the chief executive swapped her high heels and the boardroom for hiking boots and Africa’s highest mountain to raise money for our students.

Hayley Rose took on the six-day ascent of Kilimanjaro and finally reached the peak at dawn after a gruelling final 8.5-hour overnight trek.

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Ged Mason (Morson International), Dominic Tinner and Rachel McCrystal (Seashell Trust), Seashell ambassadors Neil and Laura Fachie, Nik Boxall (Aston Martin) and Matt Townsend (Ultimate)

Cycling superstars and supercars launch Switzerland challenge

18th February 2019

What do a pair of Paralympians and Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 have in common?

They were the stars of the show at the glamorous launch for Seashell Trust’s Cycle Switzerland challenge.

Around 80 intrepid road cyclists gathered among the superstars and supercars at the Aston Martin showroom in Wilmslow to discover what they can expect during our five-day 300-mile international challenge.

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James Raca and quote about Seashell Trust

Seashell Trust's 10 out of 10: James Raca

20th December 2018

Seashell Trust is transforming lives of disabled young people from across the country at our national centre of excellence.

Jane Raca fought to get her son the care and education he deserves since he was eight when his parents took their local authority to tribunal to get the placement he needed. Three years ago, he came to Seashell because of our expertise in working with autistic and physically disabled people with communication difficulties.

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Seashell Trust students and staff enjoy a meal with Santa's elves at the Hut Group Christmas party

Christmas comes early for our students thanks to The Hut Group

13th December 2018

Seashell Trust’s disabled students enjoyed a Christmas celebration in the lap(land) of luxury to kick off the festive season.

International e-commerce company The Hut Group invited our residential students to a Winter Wonderland party at its exclusive Hale Country Club.

The Seashell students and staff were treated to a meal – accounting for all the different conditions the young people have - then off to visit Father Christmas in his grotto for early presents.

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Some Extra Special Cards for Christmas!

10th December 2018

Here is just a selection of the amazing Christmas cards created by pupils at our Royal School Manchester.  Each one is as unique as the child who designed it!

Art is a big part of learning at Seashell Trust. For children who may have difficulties communicating by speech, it can offer a great way to express themselves. In creating these special cards, our pupils let their imaginations run wild, made decisions and developed their confidence and creativity.

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Pictured is Michael Josephson with Seashell Trust students Lucas Lawrence and Rory Ashton and Seashell staff Genna Bland-Moore and Elicia Wilson

Star-studded ball raises £73,000 - what an early Christmas gift

10th December 2018

Manchester businessman Michael Josephson MBE dropped into Seashell Trust to meet the students and hand over a cheque for an extraordinary £73,567.

Michael is a long-term supporter of ours and the money was raised at the society philanthropist’s glamorous summer event at the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester city centre.

Around 400 guests, including Hollywood actor Warwick Davies and stars from Coronation Street and Hollyoaks, were entertained by popstar Lulu.

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