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A golf marathon in aid of TOFS charity

Liam Houghton, Assistant Divisional Manager at Corby will be completing a 72-hole golf marathon in aid of the charity TOFS – a charity that supported his son through his difficult start to life.

The charity supports those who are born with OA/TOF, which stands for Oesophageal Atresia and Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula. OA/TOF are rare congenital conditions of the oesophagus (food pipe) and/or trachea (airway) that affect 1 in every 3,500 people.

The charity is close to Liam’s heart, as his son Noah was born with OA/TOF. That’s why he wants to give back to the charity and partake in the golf marathon.

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Liam commented on the charity:

“TOFS not only supported my son through the difficult start to his life, but also supported me and my fiancée through the struggling times by giving us incredible information and guidance to prepare us for the road ahead. This is my way of giving back to TOFS, so that they may continue to help future children and families in need.”

The fundraising event will take place at Market Harborough Golf Course on Thursday 29th June 2023, so there’s still plenty of time to donate.

You can show your support for Liam and the charity by donating to the cause here. Every donation will help the charity continue to help those with OA/TOF.

About the charity

TOFS was set up in 1982 by parents of children born with OA/TOF (some of whom are still associated with the charity). They became a registered charity in 1987. 

Forty years on, they are still helping families through the challenges of bringing up a child with OA/TOFVACTERL and associated conditions. Now, there is an increased focus on support for the cohort of adults who live with the consequences of being born with OA/TOF. 

They are now the world’s largest English-speaking support group for those born unable to swallow. They have members in over 60 countries, and whilst they receive no government funding, they are a small charity with big aims. The charity is dedicated towards a world where those born with these conditions live long and healthy lives.

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The annual Lily Mae Foundation Charity Golf Day and Dinner Dance took place on Friday 14 April.

The Lily Mae Foundation supports parents and families after a stillbirth, neonatal death, miscarriage or medical termination. As part of the Joseph Ash Group, Premier Galvanizing has supported the charity for over a decade, regularly attending its annual golf/dinner dance event and helping to raise in excess of £150k.

There were 32 teams who took part this year, made up of clients, suppliers, and team members across all of the Joseph Ash Group divisions.

Attendees were greeted with a charity gift bag containing goodies and snacks for the day. They then fuelled up with bacon baps and coffee before teeing off. Teams concluded the day with the evening dinner dance, where we witnessed fewer bogeys, and a lot more boogie!


Well done on another successful day, Lily Mae Foundation!

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As the UK is experiencing high levels of inflation and energy and food price hikes, low-income families have been hit the hardest and more people are turning to food banks for help.

With Easter fast approaching, most of us look forward to our chocolate fix. However, many families can’t afford the food they need, let alone the luxury of a chocolate egg.

With this in mind, Charlie Singh (Divisional Manager) and his team at our sister plant at Joseph Ash Walsall are trying to raise as much money as possible to support Breaking Bread, a food bank in the Midlands by providing them with Easter Eggs and other food products to ensure many more families can enjoy the things most of us take for granted over the Easter period.

Please help us make a real difference by visiting the Just Giving page and donating. No matter how small, any amount will be appreciated, and you can donate anonymously (if you prefer).

Further information is on the Just Giving page.

Alternatively, it is quick and easy to donate simply by scanning the QR code.

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Please dig deep, everyone deserves a Chocolate Egg at Easter!

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Our Health and Safety Officer climbs Three Peaks

We’re pleased to share the news that our Health and Safety Officer at Premier Galvanizing Hull – Rebecca Lee – recently challenged herself to climb the Three Peaks to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Rebecca (or Bex as she’s fondly known) took part in the challenge with her sister and two friends, to raise the funds for this important charity.

The intrepid team climbed Mount Snowdon (1085m ascent), Y Lliwedd (910m ascent) and Scafell Pike (970m ascent) across a period of two weeks in September.

In total they hiked and climbed a distance of 24.1km. An amazing achievement!

Bex and her team managed to raise a huge £3000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Which is just brilliant!

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On Friday 26 April, The Lily-Mae Foundation hosted their annual Golf Day, to raise funds to support families affected by stillbirth or neonatal death. Premier Galvanizing and Joseph Ash Galvanizing hosted guests at the event.

Thank you to the companies who joined us on the golf course:

A great day was had by all, and collectively we helped the charity to raise over £25,000. Wow!

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Premier Galvanizing and Joseph Ash Galvanizing: Supporting the Lily Mae Foundation at their annual charity event.

On Friday 26 April 2019 Premier Galvanizing and Joseph Ash Galvanizing will host up to 62 people (including 50 clients) at a charity golf day at The Belfry set up by the Lily Mae Foundation – an organisation created to support parents and families affected by stillbirth or neonatal death.

As part of the Joseph Ash Group we have purchased tickets for rounds of golf, seats at the evening dinner, and we’re sponsoring a hole at the event.

The Joseph Ash Group has been supporting the event for the last ten years and in total – alongside our clients – we’ve helped to raise over £120,000 for the charity.

Funds are raised through ticket sales, sponsorships and generous donations from attendees.

We’re very much looking forward to the 2019 event!

To find out more about the work of the Lily Mae Foundation, click here.

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Stephen Harvey and others on bikes

Congratulations to the runners and riders of the Velo Birmingham.

A couple of weekends ago the inaugural Velo Birmingham took place in the Midlands.

The course was 100 miles long and 15,000 cyclists of all abilities took part, criss-crossing through the picturesque Worcestershire and Staffordshire countryside before returning to Birmingham.

The event – which raised funds for various charities – was also created as part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution, whereby Birmingham City Council are trying to encourage more people to take to the roads on two wheels, rather than four.

As per an earlier story on our website in March, we’re proud to say that team members from Premier Galvanizing and the Joseph Ash Group, including Stuart Cobourne and Richard Hall, took part in the race. They enjoyed the event and achieved very respectable times between 5.30 and 7.11 hours.

A Premier Galvanizing client, Stephen Harvey, also took part.

Congratulations to the team!

You can see some of the photos of our team members at the event here.

Here’s to the Velo Birmingham 2018!

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Participant of Velo Birmingham 2017

Premier Galvanizing and the Joseph Ash Group are proud to take part in Velo Birmingham charity bike ride.

In late September this year, the Velo Birmingham event is taking place. Velo Birmingham is a 100-mile bike ride, with 15,000 bikers, all helping to raise money for charity.

The charities include the NSPCC, Cure Leukaemia, the Alzheimer’s Society, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

The cyclists’ route will start in Birmingham, head out through picturesque Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and finish back in Birmingham.

Three people from the Joseph Ash Group will be taking part. They will also be joined by Steven Harvey, who is a client of Premier Galvanizing and who works for steel fabricators Lee Warren.

The Joseph Ash Group’s parent company, Hill & Smith, has also entered a team so there will be some healthy inter-rivalry and competition to spur our cyclists on.

The Joseph Ash Group and Hill & Smith are also sponsoring part of the event as part of the Business 100 club. The aim of the Business 100 club is to sign-up 100 corporate teams, cycling 100 miles and collectively raising £100,000.

The event is on 24 September. We’ll keep you updated on their training progress and how they do on the actual day.

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Leeds City Centre

Alison, Gary, Justin, Alex of Premier Galvanizing are taking on the Major Series Challenge of a 10km run through Bramhope Park on 3rd March 2012.

The Premier Galvanizing management team taking part have many years experience in the hot dip galvanizing industry and will be drawing on the teamwork skills to overcome the many obstacles that they will be facing as they battle against the clock.

If the 10km distance wasn’t enough there will be swamps and water to wade through as well as structures to climb over.

To find out more details of what is in store check out there website

You can also visit this link. It’s going to be messy!

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Sutton Football Club

Premier Galvanizing Hull are delighted to sponsor winter jackets for the young under 11’s team F.C. SUTTON.

The young local team based in East Hull are a leading light in the local Sunday football leagues. Sutton F.C. are a fantastic organisation supporting kids from throughout the area, providing facilities and coaching to continually improve the kids.

The unpaid work put in by all the volunteers is invaluable and often overlooked, without the support of people like John there wouldn’t be the opportunities for the kids that Sutton FC presents.

Sutton FC are just like Premier Galvanizing, all their teams go out with the attitude to always give it their best, hence why they are riding high at the top the league.

Supporting the local community is incredibly important to Premier Galvanizing. As well as the new winter training jackets we have provided, we have also recently sponsored a local netball team. We have also been involved in the regeneration of disused land in West Hull, transforming this waste land in to a seated garden area for the residents of Hessle to enjoy.

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