Local business donates sporting equipment to community group

Local business donates sporting equipment to community group

A Wigan Borough business supporting adults following accidents has donated sports equipment to a community group that raises funds for local children.

ABI Case Management Limited, owned by Hindley resident, Matthew Unsworth, has signed up to Wigan Council’s Deal for Business, which encourages companies to get involved in the local community.

And, almost one year on from kick-starting his case management business, Matthew has purchased 30 sporting products including football boots, shin pads and shorts to donate to local community groups such as Daffodils Dreams, based in Poolstock.

Aiming to create new friendships in the community and raise funds for local children to give them opportunities to thrive, Daffodils Dreams was founded by Maureen Holcroft in 2018.

Both Matthew and Maureen received support from the council’s Invest in Wigan team and the GC Business Growth Hub, who gave them the necessary guidance to help their ventures grow from strength to strength.

Matthew said: “Although I have worked in case management in the past, I have never owned my own business before. Working with the council has taught me how to be my own boss and has put me in touch with a range of people and organisations that have helped me to develop my business.

“I’m now working all over the UK but I remain committed to working with Wigan residents and giving back to my local community. The Deal for Business values really resonate with me - ABI currently sponsors TKMA Kickboxing and Boxing Club in Platt Bridge. So, when I heard about Daffodils Dreams and their request for sporting equipment, I knew I could help.

“As a parent and a keen sportsman, I know the importance and value of children having opportunities to participate in sport so I just had to get involved.”

Daffodils Dreams runs a Chill and Chat café from St James with St Thomas Church in Poolstock and work hard to support local communities to come together.

Maureen said: “We are thrilled that local businesses like Matthew’s have supported our organisation. We are a not for profit company that is always looking for new partnerships as we strive to make life better for children in the local community.”

Becca Heron, director for economy and skills at Wigan Council said: “It’s fantastic that businesses like ABI Case Management are giving back to communities in this way. It demonstrates commitment to local causes and their support can go a long way.

“It is commendable when small businesses donate equipment and time to voluntary groups who work hard to support local people.

“We’re committed to encouraging businesses to grow but we also understand the importance of investing time and resource back into residents and the areas in which they live.

“This is a great example of The Deal for Business in action and by continuing to work in partnership in this way, we can build relationships and build a stronger borough.”

To find out more about ABI Case Management Ltd or Daffodils Dreams please email  Matthew Unsworth or Maureen.

If you are an existing business who wants to get involved in The Deal or a resident that wants to explore starting a business then contact the Invest in Wigan Team via email or call 01942 489190.

Posted on Tuesday 16th April 2019
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