Charity Fundraising

Charity Fundraising

Nixon Hire set a fundraising target each year to support our chosen charity. Read about our recent fundraising events and community involvement here...
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Charity Fundraising

Making a positive difference

Nixon Hire fundraising activities

As a family company, we understand that the collective energy, drive and enthusiasm of our people can have a positive impact on the wider community.

We work closely with a chosen charity throughout each year to do as much as we can to raise money as well as awareness for the important causes we support.

In addition to our fundraising events, we also support many registered charities each year by offering discounted prices on hire products including, plant, tools, site accommodation and portable toilets when supplied to charity events.  If you are arranging a charitable event, simply confirm your registered charity number when making a booking to receive your discount.

How you can help

Cancer Research UK donations

If you would like to support our chosen charity and make a donation towards our fundraising efforts, please click on the button below.

We greatly appreciate all donations, no matter how small.

Our Fundraising in 2016

2016 has seen yet more running and cycling in aid of Cancer Research UK!

As well as taking part once more in the charity's Race For Life, in August some Nixon Hire staff took on the gruelling 160 mile Coast and Castles cycle challenge! Over 3 days our tireless team cycled through rain, rain and more rain all the way from Edinburgh Castle to Tynemouth Castle and Priory, raising almost £600!
Coast & Castles Cycle Ride


Our Fundraising in 2015

In 2015 we decided to take a break from any company driven fundraising activities as we had lent on our friends, family, colleague and suppliers heavily over the last few years to help us raise in excess of £100,000 for Cancer Research UK.

That said, a number of employees undertook challenges which they organised and executed themselves, still in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Coast to Coast Cycle Ride

In August a small team of staff from our Central Support Office and Newcastle Depot took on the famous 140 mile Coast to Coast cycle challenge from Whitehaven to Tynemouth in 3 days, raising an impressive figure of just under £1000!


Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge

Also undertaken by Nixon Hire staff in aid of this worthwhile cause was the Cancer Research UK 10k Race For Life and a charity motorbike ride.

Cancer Research UK's Race For Life


Our Fundraising in 2014

Cancer Research UK

In September 2014 Chris Nixon was given the opportunity to undertake a lab tour at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research in Newcastle. Cancer Research UK are keen for people to take these tours so that they can see for themselves how donations help provide the practical tools they need to continue their important work.

Whilst at the lab, Nixon Hire were presented with a Special Commendation Award - 'Corporate Community Supporter of the Year', an award previously held by large PLC companies such as Sage and Wilkinson. The award recognises the significant fundraising activity undertaken by the company, which has raised over £100k to date.

Supporting Cleveland Mountain Rescue

In November Nixon Hire delivered an eagerly anticipated Citroen Relay van to the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team. This new vehicle will play a vital role in enabling this specialist all-volunteer team to respond more quickly and efficiently to those who get lost or injured whilst exploring the North Yorkshire Moors.
To be named 'Viking 1', the new vehicle has been transformed into a full incident control unit, complete with state-of-the-art communication equipment, specialist mapping and tracking systems and basic welfare facilities.

Our fundraising in 2013

Cancer Research UK

We announced our chosen charity for 2013 as Cancer Research UK.

Having recently experienced the devastation caused by cancer, the family business has chosen Cancer Research UK as this year's nominated charity due to the positive and proactive approach they adopt in finding cures for cancers.

There are over 200 known types of cancer, all of which need a cure.  The funding required to support this challenge is substantial and as Cancer Research UK is entirely funded by public donations.

Corporate fundraising activity

We started our 2013 corporate fundraising activities at the Plantworx exhibition in Coventry on the 14th May, where we unveiled a very unique Volvo EC55C excavator. The excavator was painted bright white and carried the Cancer Research UK branding. It was placed on the Volvo stand for the duration of the exhibition with staff available on hand to collect donations. Following Plantworx, the machine was made available for Nixon Hire customers to hire, with ALL the revenue going towards the fundraising target. We were delighted that Kilmac then committed to hiring the charity excavator for the whole year. Read all about it in our Latest News section.

Cancer Research UK charity excavator

Staff events

Our staff took part in a series of fundrasing challenges and events throughout the year to help towards the fundraising target. 

Charity Rubber Duck Race

On 13th July our Berwick Depot held a rubber duck race on the River Tweed, with 320 ducks sponsored to race. We raised a grand total of £1600 for Cancer Research UK - read the full story here!

Berwick fundraising activities

The Ben Nevis Charity Challenge

On 21st September a 30 strong team braved the 4409 ft of the highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis. With the help of our extremely generous supporters we managed to raise circa £10k for Cancer Research UK - read our latest news update here!
Ben Nevis fundraising activities
We would like to add a special thanks to the suppliers below who sponsored this event:

Ben Nevis charity sponsors


Our fundraising in 2012

Kielder Triathlon

In early 2012, we asked customers and staff to vote from a shortlist of charity challenges via our Facebook site. The winning vote was a gruelling triathlon around the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe. Between 7th and 9th of September 2012, 26 Nixon Hire staff completed a 27 mile cycle, 27 mile walk and 2 mile kayak at Kielder all in aid of the Calvert Trust.
Kielder fundraising
The Calvert Trust is a registered charity that delivers exciting activity holidays for people with disabilities and their families across three specialist centres, namely Kielder, Cumbria and Exmoor. Visit the Calvert Trust website here.

Our fundraising in 2011

Hadrian's Wall Challenge

In July 2011, we raised over £11,000 towards the Teenage Cancer Trust via our Hadrian’s Wall Challenge. 28 staff walked 48 miles across Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland over two and a half days. The team were tested to their limits with both the steep gradients and atrocious weather putting will and determination to the test. The Teenage Cancer Trust is currently updating specialist teenage cancer units in many of the major cities in the North of England and Scotland. Visit the Teenage Cancer Trust website here.
Hadrian's Wall fundraising

Additional fundraising efforts

Yorkshire Aid Convoy

Yorkshire Aid Convoy fundraising
This small charity runs an annual aid convoy to either Romania or the Ukraine where thousands of families live in severe poverty, battling daily against lack of food, clothing, medication, education and employment. The annual convoy travels 4,000 km to deliver much needed basic humanitarian aid which is in turn donated by partner sponsors. Our Joint Managing Director, Graham Nixon, is actively involved with the Yorkshire Aid Convoy, driving one of the aid trucks and helping distribute much needed supplies to local charities. Read our news article here or visit the Yorkshire Aid Convoy website.

The Lighthouse Club

The Lighthouse Club fundraising
As a key supplier to the construction industry, we support this registered charity which provides assistance to the families of ill or injured construction workers. Visit the Lighthouse Club website here.

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