Farmer & Carlisle support local businesses...
This year, our Business Centre Team Sales Executives Kirstin Godson & Rachel Cockshaw attended the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas dinner. The Chamber supports the growth of local businesses across all sectors, providing a unique platform for industry-focused conferences, workshops & networking events.
At Farmer & Carlisle, we wanted to contribute to this by donating towards the main raffle draw; 2 x bottles of wine, a large luxury Christmas hamper - all paired with a vehicle giveaway for a weekend of choice. Chris Northway from Shakespeare Martineau was chosen as the winner of our main prize. Congratulations from all of us here at Farmer & Carlisle Toyota.
The famous Farmer & Carlisle Bear will go to the ball...
We were privileged enough to be approached by Leicestershire & Rutland Sands - stillbirth and neonatal death charity. They introduced to us all of the great work that the charity does and their Autumn Ball.
Being a family run business and truly understanding the value of family we wanted to support them by donating one of our famous Farmer & Carlisle bears for their charity auction.
Leicester Sands is a voluntary group of parents who have all experienced the death of a baby either during pregnancy or soon after birth. The exact details of their losses vary widely, however, they all share the common experience of grieving for their children and trying to find a way to live with their loss. They are not a professional health team or counsellors but parents who know how devastating the death of a child can be.
Toyotas, Bras and Pants?
You normally don't hear those three words in one sentence...well unless you're a member of the Farmer & Carlisle team and you're up for helping those in needs.
The team here at Farmer & Carlisle Toyota (and their friends and family) have been busy raiding their drawers for local charity Your Smalls Appeal.
‘Your Smalls Appeal’ seeks to advance the health of young girls and women in developing countries.
Your Smalls Appeal was set up in January 2016. The aim of the initiative is to support young girls and women in developing countries like The Gambia. This is done by collecting donated recycled bras, new pants and buying reusable menstruation kits to give to the underprivileged girls.
Diana from Your Smalls Appeal said:
"I set up the 'Your Smalls Appeal' project almost 3 years ago after realising how blind I had been to the plight of girls & women in Africa and here in the UK. These girls and women need what we now take for granted every day, yet it wasn't that long ago women fought for our rights by burning bras! Wearing a bra supports the delicate breast tissue and having access to sanitary wear ensures girls are kept in school. Without sanitary wear, girls are denied access to basic education means girls are not having the opportunity to become productive members of the community. The reusable sanitary wear I provide to young girls and women also keeps them free from infection and lasts for up to 3 years!
I am so grateful that women like the wonderful ladies at Farmer & Carlisle, their friends and family, wish to support me to continue helping those girls and women. We can't allow 'Period Poverty' to continue and we need to remind ourselves how far we have come in such a short period of time."
Farmer & Carlisle Toyota Loughborough donate £1,750 to Hathern Church of England Primary School for a new sensory garden.
Hathern Church of England Primary is a small (148 pupil) school in the village of Hathern. They are seeking to develop an area of the playground into a space providing peace and sanctuary for their children – it will be called the Peace Garden. The main aim is to provide an area where children can feel safe, secure and experience peace and quiet.
The peace garden will create an enclosed area with the planting of herbs, wildflowers and perennials in the borders as well as in wooden planters. Plants will be specially selected for their wildlife appeal and sensory stimulation. The ground will be covered by bark, paving stones, pebbles, artificial grass and a winding walkway that will ensure accessibility. Seating will be placed at various points around the garden allowing children the opportunity to sit, think, listen, talk and engage.
The garden will be partially covered by a canopy offering year-round use in all weathers for the teaching of National Curriculum and extra-curricular subjects. A water feature will also be installed providing a continuous soothing trickle sound. Features such as mirrors, artwork, wind chimes and sculptures should inspire and provide a focus for reflection. The garden would be used as a support base for children experiencing emotional issues. Counselling sessions would also be timetabled in the garden.
Mental health is a growing concern in all communities and age groups. Headteacher Steve Dunn has proactively invested school funds in Mental Health First Aid training for staff to recognise and support pupils with emotional and mental health difficulties. The provision of a safe space, such as the Peace Garden, is likely to greatly improve the school experience for the pupils at Hathern, especially the many children experiencing emotional and/or mental health difficulties.
John Carlisle, Chairman of Farmer & Carlisle Toyota said “Farmer & Carlisle are extremely proud to be working with and funding such an important local project. We recognize that Mental health issues affect all ages, and will benefit these young students especially at a time in their lives where they are most vulnerable. It will also hopefully tackle the stigma attached to mental health and teach children that it is ok to talk about their feelings and emotions openly. For us, it is rewarding to help positively shape the adults of the future.”
Steve Dunn, Hathern School Headteacher said “We are extremely happy and grateful that Farmer & Carlisle see the many benefits of supporting such a wonderful project as our Peace Garden. Our Garden will provide a refuge for children in school who occasionally, or more frequently, need to have space where they can go and sit, think or relax away from the hustle-bustle of the busy playground. Additionally, space will lend itself who whole class teaching , as well as small group activities and, will become a valuable outdoor resource. The children are already excited about using the space as are our staff and parents.”
Farmer & Carlisle Toyota Leicester donate £1,550 to Hope Against Cancer for their Cancer detection project.
2 million people in the UK are living with or are affected by cancer. This figure is set to rise to 4 million by 2030. Over 250,000 people in England are diagnosed with cancer every year and around 130,000 of those people will lose their lives as a result of the disease.
Improving survival rates can be achieved through two factors:
- The speed of the detection of cancer and
- An increased array of methods available to clinicians to treat the disease.
Thanks to life-saving research more people are surviving cancer, in fact, survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years.
Around 5,000 people within Leicestershire are diagnosed with cancer each year and the region currently has hot spots of cancer associated with cultural and socio-economic factors and healthcare inequalities.
Our project to purchase a DNA Marker (cancer detection machine) seeks to influence potential practice changes in early detection, prevention and treatment of cancers. Access to this technology for individuals battling cancer in Leicestershire will help to increase survival rates both now and well into the future.
John Carlisle, Chairman of Farmer & Carlisle Toyota said:
“We have had the opportunity to work with Hope on many occasions. Their dedication, enthusiasm and out of the box thinking is helping to take Cancer Research in Leicestershire to the next level. We are proud to be able to help and support our local Cancer Research charity.”
Nigel Rose, Hope Against Cancer Chief Executive said:
“Ensuring that Leicester remains a hub of expertise in cancer research to the benefit of local cancer patients throughout Leicestershire and Rutland is a key strategic aim of our charity. This funding from the Toyota (GB) Charitable Trust has been carefully prioritised with our partners at the University of Leicester and the hospitals to make a positive impact in our fight against cancer. The support from the Toyota Fund not only means a great deal to us but to anyone affected by cancer.”
The funding that we’ve received from the Toyota (GB) Charitable Trust is helping us to install expensive, but vital equipment on-site at the Leicester Royal Infirmary over the course of the next month. This will be used by our clinicians and researchers to speed up investigation into and development of a liquid biopsy, improve treatments in endometrial cancer, and develop targeted medicines to treat lung cancers.
To find out more about Hope Against Cancer and to support their on-going research please visit
Here at Farmer & Carlisle Toyota we proudly supported world MS day to help raise vital funds for research into MS.
What is MS?
"Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common neurological disorders and causes of disability in young adults.
There are 2.3 million people with MS worldwide. It is likely that hundreds of thousands more remain undiagnosed and many lives are affected indirectly, through caring for someone with MS.
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 25 and 31, with around twice as many women diagnosed than men.
The cause of MS is not yet known and as yet there is no cure, though there are treatments available that can help some forms of MS and many things you can do to improve the symptoms.
There's no set pattern to the severity of someone's MS, the course it takes and the symptoms they experience. Every person is different. Symptoms can include blurred vision, weak limbs, tingling sensations, unsteadiness, memory problems and fatigue.
For some people, MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission (meaning it gets better for a while but then can attack from time to time), while for others it has a progressive pattern (meaning that it gets steadily worse with time). Some people may feel and seem healthy for many years following diagnosis, while others may be severely debilitated very quickly.
MS makes life unpredictable for everyone."
About World MS Day
A day to celebrate global solidarity and hope for the future.
World MS Day is officially marked on 30 May each year. Events and campaigns take place throughout the month of May. It brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awareness and campaign with and for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.
The 2018 campaign will be called #bringinguscloser and the theme is research.
In 2009, the MS International Federation (MSIF) and its members initiated the first World MS Day. Together we have reached hundreds of thousands of people around the world, with a campaign focusing on a different theme each year.
MSIF provides a toolkit of free resources to help everyone to take part in World MS Day. Anyone can use these tools, or make their own, to create positive change in the lives of more than 2.3 million people around the world.
What did we do?
Here at Farmer & Carlisle, we held some events at our centres that both staff, customers and members of the public took part in.
Some of the activities included:
- Guess the number of balloons in a car: 1st prize is a Hybrid for the weekend, 2nd is a complimentary MOT
- Guess the name of the bear
- Guess the number of sweets in the jar
- MS merchandise on sale (pins/wristbands)
We will also run a:
- Bake sale on the 30 th May
A big thank you to everyone for your help, support and donations towards our MS Day fundraising events. We raised £314.08.
Challenge the Wild with Hope Against Cancer
28th - 29th June 2018
What is ‘Challenge the Wild’
Challenge the Wild is an exhilarating and uplifting outdoor experience at Coniston in the Lake District. Under the watchful eye of highly-trained experts, participants will be encouraged and empowered as they take on a series of challenges, specially designed to help build team spirit and self-confidence.
Participants will be able to experience activities such as waterfall jumping, canyoning, rock scrambling, climbing and abseiling, zip wires and Tyroleans as well as competing at problem-solving and team tasks. And with all participants staying overnight they will get the chance to sleep under the stars, cook meals from basic ingredients and take part in their very own bug-eating challenge!
‘Cancer touches so many people. Hope is our (Leicestershire’s) local cancer research charity; we see them around the city continuously working hard to fund cutting-edge research in our area. It’s their type of research, funding and forward -thinking that will help cancer sufferers and increase survival rates. They do a fantastic job and I am proud to be a small part of it.’
Together we can help give local families dealing with cancer hope...
Please support Adrian and Hope with this challenge. You can donate here
We are pleased to announce that Adrian raised £438 for Hope Against Cancer.
The whole team that took part in the challenge raised over £5,000.
Farmer & Carlisle Toyota supports Rolleston School with £1,800 donation from the Toyota Fund for a Better Tomorrow.
Here at Farmer and Carlisle Toyota, we have teamed up with Rolleston School (Hillsborough Road, Leicester, LE2 9PT) to help shape the health and wellbeing of pupils and their families.
Rolleston introduced a new cooking club ‘big cook little cook’ where the classes are held after school with pupils and parents. Each week children and their parents are taught to cook healthy meals that they can easily replicate at home. The club gives teachers an opportunity to introduce different food groups and discuss the importance of eating well and health benefits. Pupils are encouraged to try new foods, tastes and textures, whilst also discussing what they are, where they are from, how they’re prepared and cooked. At the end of the class, each family takes away their own class made meal to share at home.
Initially, Rolleston had the funds to organise 6 – 12 weeks of classes. After the first 6 weeks, the school received positive feedback from both parents, pupils and teachers. Rolleston wanted more families to benefit from this positive and impactful project therefore they wanted to continue the project for a longer period. Lisa Hunt a mum from the school (and our centre host) approached us and introduced ‘Big Cook Little Cook’ to see if Farmer & Carlisle would be able to support the project in any way.
We attended a cooking class:
Jonathan Carlisle said “as a father of 3 I know the difficulties that come with encouraging young families to eat healthily. Therefore I was delighted to hear about ‘Big Cook Little Cook’ and straight away I wanted us to be involved. We (Farmer & Carlisle Toyota) donated £1,800 to the school so that they could continue the project for the rest of the academic year. With this money, more children and parents will have access to the project and as a result, this will bring about positive changes in the local community.”
Mr Toon, Head Master said “The Big Cook – Little Cook project has been a brilliant opportunity for staff to work with our families to collaboratively learn about healthy eating in both a fun and educational environment. The children have worked really hard preparing the meals have enjoyed the experience of tasting new foods.”
Croft Junior Football Club
We are proud to have sponsored local football team Croft Juniors FC.
We wish them all the very best this season!