Introducing Our Chosen Charities for 2017

We love giving back to our local community through active support and fundraising for hardworking charities. It's a feeling shared by every member of the James Robertshaw family, but until now, it's not something we've intentionally worked on together. At the start of 2017 we decided we wanted to change that. That’s why we asked our team to put forward their own suggestions for charities we can support as a team in 2017.

After many suggestions – all worthy of support - we finally decided on two local causes - Fortalice and Urban Outreach. Ideas for fundraising activities are still coming in from the team (although feel free to make suggestions - the more creative the better!) and there will be planned time off for staff to volunteer where we're able and people are needed.


Fortalice is an inspiring Bolton-based organisation which has worked with women affected by domestic abuse since 1977. In 2008, Fortalice opened a refuge containing 22 self-contained flats which allow women and their children to escape to a safe environment where support and security are readily available.

Of course, the running of a refuge – as well as the counselling and other services available – is costly. Fortalice relies on donations and fundraising to keep this essential resource available for all women in the Bolton area. Find out more about Fortalice and their work at

Urban Outreach

Urban Outreach has been working to support disadvantaged, vulnerable and complex groups and adults since 1990. Their extensive work includes helping homeless individuals find housing, providing food banks for families in need, and protecting young people who are missing from home.

James Robertshaw has an existing relationship with Urban Outreach through our Commercial Director Lesley’s close work with Dave Bagley at the Bolton branch of the GMCCand Bolton Council. If you've followed our blog for a while now, you might remember Lesley making sandwiches in a snazzy haircut. If you missed it, here's the full story and video.

We’re proud to be able to continue that relationship by offering our support to Urban Outreach and the individuals they help on a daily basis. Find out more about Urban Outreach and their work at

Our Fundraising Plans

Be sure to check in on our blog and keep an eye on Twitter for updates, and we hope you’ll show your support alongside us in raising funds for these two much-deserving charities.

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