Matt Daly, Seashell Trust's assistive technologist, work on ideas for the saxophone with Seashell Trust student Samir Ahmed

Assistive technologist invents 'auto saxophone' for disabled musicians

24th April 2017

Assistive technologist Matt Daly has been chosen to invent a new instrument for disabled musicians in just FOUR weeks.

Matt, who works in College, has been awarded £700 to develop a 'breathless auto sax', a saxophone played by switches and compressed air for our student Samir Ahmed.

Samir, who already sings in the College rock band, cannot play a saxophone because among his disabilities he has a lack of breath and difficulty feeling with his fingertips. He would also struggle with position of a conventional sax.

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Cyclists at the Velodrome in Manchester for Seashell Trust's Battle of the Champions

Paralympic stars inspire business leaders in velodrome battle

29th March 2017

Great Britain's most successful Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey launched the inaugural Seashell Trust Cup.

Business leaders went head-to-head on the track in our Battle of the Champions at the HSBC National Cycling Centre.

Paralympic gold medal cyclists Jody Cundy MBE, Helen Scott and Neil Fachie, and double world champions James Ball and Jon Gildea were on hand to inspire the 32 cyclists on their thigh-burning laps against the clock.

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Marathon runners legs

Good luck to all Seashell Trust Manchester Marathon runners!

29th March 2017

Good luck to all our supporters running the Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday, April 2.

Matthew Thomson, who works for Bentley Manchester, will be one such runner pulling on his trainers for the 26-mile course around the city to raise money for our students.

He said: “The Seashell Trust is a fantastic cause and one very close to my heart. I have been fundraising for the charity over several years personally and with work at Bentley Manchester.

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Tennis player Xavier Malisse with Seashell Trust staff and students

Tennis ace Malisse serves up Boodles tournament launch

28th March 2017

Tennis ace Xavier Malisse served up some top tennis skills for the disabled students at Seashell Trust.

The former world top 20-ranked player visited the Cheadle Hulme charity before revealing former Wimbledon champions Kim Clijsters and Marion Bartoli will be taking part in the prestigious Boodles Tennis at The Mere.

The three-day tournament at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, near Knutsford from June 21-23 is this year in support of Seashell Trust.

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Sherann Hillman with Ed Timpson MP

Seashell Trust's Sherann up for Cheshire Woman of the Year Award

28th March 2017

Seashell Trust's Head of Family Services Sherann Hillman has been nominated for the Cheshire Woman of the Year award 2017.

The nominees are selected for personal courage, service to their community or outstanding professional achievement.

Winners will be announced at a celebration luncheon on Wednesday, March 29, at Eaton Park, Chester.

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EZ Car Care to take on Snowdon - no April Fool!

23rd March 2017

Alert: this is not an early April fool!

Staff and customers from High Lane car care product manufacturer EZ Car Care are planning to conquer Wales's highest mountain on April 1 to raise money for Seashell Trust.

Sales manager Sam Fallows said: “Company director Darren Fleury and I, along with roughly 15-20 of our customers from all over the UK, are walking up Snowdon. We aren't training as such but we are warming up by taking lots of walks on the weekends.”

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 Neil and Lora Fachie show some of their many medals to Seashell Trust student Cayman Norton

Cyclists will mean business in the velodrome for Seashell Trust

15th March 2017

North west business leaders will swap their business suits for lycra suits at the Seashell Trust's Battle of the Champions at the HSBC National Cycling Centre.

Ahead of the head-to-head on the track at SportCity in east Manchester, Paralympic gold medallist cyclists Neil and Lora Fachie visited us to meet some of our students.

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Winners Team Solarium's Darcey Evans, Abbie Hudson and Eliza Taylor

Seashell benefits as Aquinas girls win Young Business of Year

09th March 2017

Seven student teams from Stockport colleges competed for the Young Business of the Year title to raise money for Seashell Trust.

The teams from Aquinas, Stockport, and Cheadle and Marple colleges raised just under £1,000.

They were challenged by Stockport business initiative Gander to run a business with start-up capital of £50 to raise as much money and awareness as possible for Seashell Trust with the help of mentors from the borough's business community.

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Chairman of the Lord Taverners North West Region Paul Walker, Seashell Trust student Daniel Follon, Seashell Trust CEO and principal Mark Geraghty, and  Seashell Trust student Luke Morrow

Lord's Taverners hand over keys to new Seashell Trust minibus

09th March 2017

Students at Seashell Trust are looking forward to days out and adventures after Lord's Taverners presented them with a new wheelchair accessible minibus.

The new 16-seat wheelchair accessible minibus will enable these students to continue to access educational, sporting and social opportunities. This includes work experience placements, leisure trips to places such as Chester Zoo, Blackpool and the Trafford Centre as well as many sporting opportunities.

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Beer glass and beer festival logo

Could you help pull pints for our new pavilion?

06th March 2017

The Macclesfield Beer Festival has chosen Seashell Trust to be its charity partner this year.

Money raised from all the pints supped on May 5-6 will go towards a pavilion and outdoor area for our disabled students to enjoy.

The annual event, held at Macclesfield Rugby Club, includes a family fun afternoon on the Saturday with free entry and is supported by Macclesfield Round Table and CAMRA.

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Pic cap: PZ Cusson staff raised £8,000 during their Feel Fab for 2016 fitness challenge including this team taking part in Rough Runner

PZ Cussons raises £8,000: challenge yourself to feel fab too!

27th February 2017

Do you feel like the motivation for your new year's resolution is fading a bit in February?

How about giving yourself something to aim for and maybe get some friends or colleagues involved to help keep you going?

That is what long-term Seashell Trust supporters PZ Cussons did when they dedicated last year to ‘Feel Fab for 2016’.

Not only did staff get together to take on a series of challenges in 12 months of getting fit but they had the added motivation of raising money for Seashell Trust.

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Heather Potter of Seashell Trust, Lauren Roberts, Chris Kinsey and Ryan Niblock, all of HURST. Lucy McCormick of HURST is seated.

HURST hands over £9,000 for new gym kit after fundraising year

27th February 2017

We are splashing out on gym equipment after accountancy firm HURST donated more than £9,000 .

Staff at the firm raised a total of £9,236.56 from activities including a football tournament, office tuck shop and quiz night, after Seashell was named its charity of the year for 2016

A 13-strong HURST team also completed the Three Peaks Challenge - scaling the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in under 24 hours.

Heather Potter, our health and fitness development officer, said the money from HURST would make a huge difference to the lives of our students.

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