It is essential for us, as a company, to support and raise awareness for charities that are aiding great causes. We believe giving back and supporting others is something everyone should take part in, and so, as part of our pledge to support this, we donate a percentage of our revenues every month to great causes. We have recently supported The Toy House in Urmston, Bone Cancer Research Trust, and Francis House Didsbury to name a few.

We also give every member of our team one paid day off per year to volunteer for a charity of their choice. 

FedEx Community Award

Our founder and director Ryan was recently put forward and chosen for the FedEx x Europa League Community Award. Much to his surprise, the prize was delivered to his front door by none other than former England striker and football legend, Michael Owen. 

Michael was kind enough to pop down to one of our host schools, Urmston Primary School, to have a chat with Ryan about the work we do at the school and in the community. 

Keep your eyes on our social media for more information on when the event will be aired. We may also have a signed shirt giveaway in the next few months! 

Bone Cancer Research Trust

In association with Bone Cancer Research Trust and to support Jude’s fund, our co-founder, Ryan, took part in the ‘2000 Burpees in November Challenge’ and managed to rise £380.

Swipe to see him and co-founder, Sophie, in action at some of Manchester’s famous landmarks. Including a 20-burpee competition with a local fireman.

Having heard about Jude’s story through one of our partner schools, Urmston Primary School, Ryan felt the urge to support the cause in any way possible.

You can read more about Jude’s fund here –  https://www.bcrt.org.uk/get-involved/tribute-funds/bemorejude ⁠

Christmas Carol Show

In our School of Play Christmas Carol Show all the children certainly ‘Sparkled and Shined’ in their amazing performance and we were so happy with their dedication and enthusiasm towards the rehearsals, the setup and the singing!

Due to the circumstances, Christmas shows and Nativity’s were, of course, cancelled or held a little differently this year and that is why at School of Play, we wanted to provide a show that encapsulates all the same festive feelings and creates memorable moments for the children and parents alike.

From ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’ to ‘Last Christmas’, the children did not fall short on their singing abilities. As well as this many of the group became a small production team and we felt it was important to assign them roles such as ‘lighting designer’, ‘set designer’, ‘director’ and much more.

The children thrived in their assigned roles and the whole show came together perfectly.

We managed to raise nearly £100 from selling hot drinks and snacks to the parents in attendance, and we used that money to go towards gifts that we delivered to children’s hospice Francis House in Didsbury on Christmas Eve.