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Happy Birthday To Us!!!!!

Well…on 11th August 2018, Esther Martin Mobile Clothes Shop turned 5 years old!  This is an incredible milestone and we are all so proud here at EM HQ to have achieved so much in this time!  The vision for Esther Martin started some years ago when Laura (working as a Fashion Buyer at that time) realised the difficulty her grandma was experiencing in purchasing new clothes having recently moved into residential care.  Armed with her concept of having a mobile clothes shop, together with the support of the fabulous folks at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Laura turned this vision into a reality, and the rest as they say is history!  We have had lots of fun and reasons for celebration in this time, however some highlights include:

  • Achieving Highly Commended in the Made in Bury Business Awards in 2 categories during our first year of trading; Best in Class Retailer but more importantly Best in Class Community Impact.
  • Supporting members of our community (Bury) who are living with Dementia, not just through Esther Martin but also via my Voluntary role as Vice Chair/Chair of Bury Dementia Action Alliance (Held for 4 years) but more recently in my role as Co-Founder and Volunteer at D-CaFF (Finalists in the National Alzheimer’s Society Awards), as well as raising money to support causes throughout the borough that support people living with the disease.
  • Our very first Fashion Show held at Each Step Blackley
  • Taking part in the Esther Martin 5k for 5 (Years) Birthday Challenge raising money for Charities supporting older people across the North West.
  • Working in partnership with over 80 Nursing/Residential Homes, Sheltered Schemes, Day Centres, Lunch Clubs and Community Groups.

Over the next few weeks there are lots of exciting things happening including the EM Birthday Party, Team Introductions which will be shared via our Facebook page as well as updates on the EM 5 for 5 Birthday Challenge.

In the meantime, I would like to once more give huge THANKS to all of our customers, relatives, carers, managers, colleagues and partners without whom we would not have made it this far!  We look forward to the next 12 months…  Love as always,

A Night At The Illuminations…

On Saturday 25th August 2018 (Bank Holiday) Laura completed her second race at the Blackpool Illuminations Run for the Esther Martin 5k for 5 Birthday Challenge, this time raising money for The Silver Line.

The Silver Line is a registered charity that operates the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK that’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  They also offer telephone and letter friendship schemes where we match volunteers with older people based on their interests; facilitated group calls; and help to connect people with local services in their area.  To see a short video of the amazing work they do, please Click Here.

It was a pleasant route and the twinkling lights made it all the more enjoyable.  Laura completed her run in 33 minutes and 44 seconds beating her previous time.  If you would like any more information on the EM 5 for 5 birthday challenge and/or would like to sponsor Laura then please head to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EM5for5

Keep On Running…

Well I am back from my holidays feeling rested and raring to go ahead of my forthcoming races!  My next race is on Saturday 25th August where I will be running for  The Silver Line  To sponsor me for this race please click here.  Training is well underway and I have increased my distance as I prepare to run the Bury 10k on the 16th September where my chosen Charity is D-CaFF: A lovely place to meet…for people with dementia, their carers, family and friends.   PLEASE REMEMBER that I am unable to add D-CaFF to the Virgin Money Giving page so anyone wishing to specifically sponsor me for D-CaFF please contact me either via email at laura@esthermartin.co.uk or call me on 07583 093 782,

In the Summertime…

Due to annual leave, Esther Martin will be closed from Friday 20th July 2018 up to and including Friday 3rd August 2018.  We will re-open for business on Monday 6th August 2018.  If you have any queries in the meantime then please do not hesitate to telephone and leave a voice message or email laura@esthermartin.co.uk and I will reply to as soon as possible upon my return.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful and safe Summer.

***RACE UPDATE***

As you know Laura is partaking in Esther Martin’s 5k for 5 Birthday Challenge, running and raising money for 5 Charities/Community groups within the North West, in celebration of 5 successful years of trading and recognition of the core values at our heart that have helped us to get here.  Laura was due to run a race on Tuesday 17th July in Preston however due to ill health she has had to withdraw however she plans on registering for a replacement race, details of which will follow.  This has not been an easy decision for Laura but she continues to remain focused and looks forward to the next race in Blackpool on Saturday 25th August.  Thanks as always for your continued support.

United Against Dementia!

Coincidentally during Dementia Action Week our Alzheimer’s Society Collection Box required emptying.  The contents revealed a grand total of £79 (Rounded Up)!!!  The Alzheimer’s Society actively campaign for people living with dementia, fund research to develop a cure and deliver vital support services across the UK!  A huge thank you to all of our customers who have donated money/change to such a fantastic cause.

Marvellous May!

As many of you know, May is an extremely busy month here at Esther Martin.  Not only is it our busiest trading period outside of November and December, but it’s also Dementia Action Week or DAW for short (Previously Dementia Awareness Week). 

As members of 3 different Dementia Action Alliances, we are committed to improving the lives of our customers who are living with dementia and their carers on a daily basis however, DAW allows us to take time out from Esther Martin HQ to organise, participate and volunteer in other activities taking place across the North West.  When it comes to Dementia our mission here is to help people to ‘live well’ and this year we did not disappoint:

Laura is co-founder of D-CaFF; ‘A lovely place to meet for people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends’ and this year the team launched DAW in Bury with a celebration of the D-CaFF’s 2nd birthday.  The theme was ‘All aboard the Blackpool Belle’.  There was singing, ice cream, photo cardboard cut outs, cheeky postcards, sand, a fabulous reminiscence presentation and yes…there was even dancing!!!  100 people made the ‘trip’and everyone had a brilliant time!  Laura also led on this month’s D-CaFF; The quieter side for people more progressed on their journey.  Over 30 members helped paint/decorate ‘Rammy Rocks’ with forget-me-nots and the D-CaFF logo.  Local school children then hid the rocks far and wide (Furthest was Central Park, NY) with a view to raising awareness of dementia, reducing stigma and starting conversation.

During DAW Laura helped to organise the annual ‘Steam Train Reminiscence Trip’ on the East Lancashire Railway in partnership with Brian Topping from Dementia Friendly Rossendale.  This was the 3rd year Laura and Brian had run the event and it did not disappoint with more people than ever getting ‘on board’ to enjoy the trip!  It was great to see so many familiar faces as people look forward to the trip each year and we even had a request to look into a Christmas trip!

Laura also participated in her first Esther Martin 5 for 5 birthday challenge race for Age UK in Liverpool – see more on this below – as well as representing Bury Dementia Action Alliance for the Radcliffe Rotary in their Annual Carnival Parade.  The Radcliffe Rotarians have supported the Bury Dementia Action Alliance for the last 2 years providing donations towards the aforementioned Steam Train Reminiscence Trip.  After such generosity, it was nice to be able to return the support and show the community of Radcliffe what fantastic support the Rotarians provide throughout the Borough of Bury.

One run down…!

Well I did it!!!…First Esther Martin 5 for 5 Birthday Race was in Liverpool at the Rock n Roll 5k Event and the chosen Charity for this race was Age UK.  Age UK’s vision is to make the UK a great place to grow older. They do this by inspiring, supporting and enabling people in a number of ways.   I completed the race in 34.28 minutes…a great achievement given that I only started running back in January this year and the fact that it was also very hot…21 degrees!  The race took place on the day of the Royal Wedding and I love the commemorative medal I was awarded at the finish line.  I also bumped into the Prince and his future wife at the start line 😉 …I’m just pleased they made it back to Windsor in plenty of time!

 

 

 

Esther Martin 5 for 5 Birthday Challenge!

In August of this year (2018), Esther Martin will be celebrating 5 years of trade!  That’s right!  We will be 5 years old! 

We will of course mark the occasion in the usual way with a party and cake but here at EM we like to do things a little differently and so…to show our gratitude to all of our customers who have supported us on our journey thus far Laura has set herself the Challenge (Having only recently taken up running) of completing five x 5k races in the 5 main regions in which we trade across the Northwest to raise money for 5 different charities supporting older people both Nationally and Locally!

To confirm, the races are as follows:

  • 19th May 2018:    Liverpool – Rock n Roll 5k: Age UK  COMPLETED
  • 17th July 2018:     Preston – Lancashire Scorcher Evening 5k: Contact the Elderly 

***WITHDRAWN DUE TO ILL HEALTH – DETAILS OF REPLACEMENT RACE TO FOLLOW***

  • 25th Aug 2018:     Blackpool – Illumination Night Run: Silver Line Helpline
  • 16th Sept 2018:     Greater Manchester – Bury 10k (That’s right 10k!!): D-CaFF
  • 2nd Dec 2018:       Blackburn –Mental Elf 5k: Lancashire Mind

 

If you would like to find out more information about the charities we are supporting then please click on the link (Charity name) underlined above.

Furthermore, if you would like to sponsor Laura then you can do so via the Virgin Money Giving Page using the following link:

Sponsor Laura

Updates will be provided throughout the course of the Challenge so watch this space!

In the meantime thanks to all of our customers, relatives, carers, colleagues, managers, suppliers and partners who have supported us on our journey so far.  We would not be able to reach these milestones without you!

Esther Martin turns 4 Years Old!

On August 11th this year (2017) Esther Martin turned 4!!!  HUGE THANKS to all who have travelled with us on the journey so far – there is no way we could continue to achieve these milestones without the continued support of  our customers, relatives, carers, managers and colleagues.  We look forward to another year together!