Sheffield Businesses raise funds for Charity
Sheffield businesses have raised over £100,000’s at annual golf days for Neurocare
Businesses across Sheffield came together last month at Hallamshire Golf Club and battled it out on the 18-hole course.
The annual event which has been supported by IFM Insurance over the past 4 years has raised a grand total of £103,915 and £27,350.69 from last month’s Golf Day alone.
The Golf Day attracted over 45 teams drawn from local South Yorkshire businesses who competed throughout the day.
The money raised was donated to Neurocare which supports the neurological centre of excellence at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which treats patients with a range of neurological conditions.
Beth Porter, Neurocare Fundraiser said: “It’s fantastic to know that all of our hard work has paid off, and being able to say we’ve raised over £100,000 with IFM as our sponsors is incredible.
“That amount of money is going to make a tremendous difference to so many people who access our support.
“The work Neurocare supports is vital, and the funds raised with the help of companies like IFM cover the costs of vital research, and help to improve the quality of care and treatment that local patients receive.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank IFM who have been amazing to work with. Finding such incredible sponsors is hard for any charity, but finding a business that is both so helpful and involved in organising this event has been an added bonus. We’re so excited to continue our partnership with IFM and see what else we can achieve together!”
Mark Barlow, Managing Director of IFM Insurance said: “It was great that so many local businesses took time out to help raise this fantastic sum for such a great cause.
“We had some fun along the way but most importantly, Neurocare was the real winner on the day.”
If your business is interested in supporting Neurocare you can get in touch via email:
The Neurocare charity works to improve the lives of people affected by brain injury and disease.
Neurocare supports the neurological centre of excellence at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which treats patients with a range of neurological conditions including brain tumours, head injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, cancer of the nervous system and stroke.
The charity works with neurosurgeons, scientists, nursing staff, patients and their families by funding state-of-the-art equipment, world class research, training, support and ward facilities.
For more information about this press release or Neurocare, please contact;
0114 3052942 / 0781 5515594
Not much Christmas cheer in evidence
as all kinds of theft claims reach epidemic proportions
Property and Motor insurers are currently paying out millions of pounds per day, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI). The pay-outs, the highest since records began in 2013, include unprecedented pay-outs for every type of theft, be they for commercial policies, personal insurances, house contents and of course thefts of motor vehicles.
With a rise in both the number of claims and cost of claims we are seeing record figures in every class for insurance. Motor Traders are certainly being targeted by criminals and the disruption to businesses is colossal. Cars are being stolen, tools and equipment thieved and the damage caused by a break in is enormous. Across all classes we haven't seen anything to compare with this number of theft claims since the bad old days of the 1980's, when theft claims reached epidemic proportions
It’s been an unprecedented year for the industry, and the ABI’s figures shed further light on why pay-outs have increased to such levels. Theft claims have risen by a startling 32% this year and sit at £271 million and rising.
Sadly these figures and trends come as no surprise to those of us on the front line. Our claims team have rarely seen such a disturbing and sustained period of theft claims. Cars, Vans and Motor Cycles are also apparently flavour of the month amongst gangs who appear very focused and target specific. Despite the sophistication of modern day alarms and security devices the criminals have and continue to find ways around these hurdles.
Household claims are also showing the same trend. Gangs are being more brazen in trying their luck, even in broad daylight even when they know someone is in the house. It really beggars belief, the complete 'devil may care attitude' of this current crop of hoodlums
Thieves are breaking in and stealing vehicle keys and driving away the family car, motorcycle or the works van. Still too many people don't take keys with them to the bedroom at night. Left on hall and kitchen tables it's a convenient, rich picking ground for the unscrupulous. House and car alarms are still a deterrent but its amazing how often people forget to use them as they were intended.
As Police forces across the country struggle to cope with reduced numbers of 'Bobbies on the Beat', almost 20,000 less than in 2010, it is essential we all step up, be more careful, lock doors and windows, set alarms and be more observant. Only by us all doing our bit, can we hope to try to dissuade those of a less community minded spirit, that the risk of being caught and prosecuted still outweighs the possible rewards.
Motor Vehicle Thefts and break in's on the increase
The last quarter of 2016 saw a very notable increase in the number vehicle thefts and theft of tools from vehicles and worryingly it doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon.
The spate of “peeling” panels back on vans continues. Whilst the damage caused can be claimed for, what some clients don't realise is that theft of tools from vehicles is not always covered either because cover hasn’t been selected or isn't always available, or where they’ve do have some cover but the tools have been left in the vehicle overnight and the policy wording specifically excludes claims if that is the case
Sadly none of the insurers has a particularly speedy service when it comes to dealing with the theft of vehicles and/ or their contents at the moment. They do have to conduct numerous checks on the circumstances surrounding these claims, have discussions with the local Constabulary etc, it can and does take weeks before an offer is made, accepted and a payment made.
Another concern clients cannot avoid is that if a vehicle is stolen or damaged and off the road as a result of a theft or break in, we can’t do anything to get them access to a temporary replacement vehicle. So for some clients who say only have a couple of vehicles, they’re stuck between real day to day pressure on their business or the unrecoverable expense of hiring a replacement while the claim is being processed.
The trend and the possible implications of this recent increase in thefts, is something worth thinking about, not just at renewal but at any other time of the year as well. If you don't know if you have cover for tools, or you may have decided against covering them in the past, it might be time to think again but be aware of what is covered and what is not and if there are warranties and conditions in place.
Similarly it is a good time to remind everyone to be extra careful not to leave keys in vehicles. Also just take a moment to think about where you leave your vehicle to minimise the chance of a theft, is it under a street light and not around a dark corner, is it covered by CCTV? Make sure the vehicle is always, locked, alarmed and the immobiliser activated, even if you are leaving it for only a few seconds. We can all be more be vigilant as a result of the increase in thefts and take some extra precautions.
Don't for instance leave your car or van running on your drive, demisting the windows after scraping off the ice some wintry morning and disappear indoors to finish your coffee. There are dozens of instances every year of vehicles being left with their engines running and keys in situ where the local opportunist thief cannot believe their luck. Your insurers, however nice and generally sympathetic won't be as understanding.