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26 Mar 2021 Community

The Kirkwood Business Movement officially launches

We are proud to announce the launch of The Kirkwood Business Movement, which we hope will bring people who share our passion for the local community together to help those in need.  

The Kirkwood Business Movement officially launches today (Friday 26th March 2021) - and we are delighted to have secured the support of twelve local businesses already. 

Our goal is to improve the quality of life for local people and support those in their care to make the most of every single day, and the team behind the newly formed Business Movement hope it will help us to reach out to more people in need. 

Jess Lees, Business Development Manager with The Kirkwood, said: “We are delighted to be launching The Kirkwood Business Movement. Our aim is to create a movement for good, bringing like-minded businesses together.  

“The Kirkwood was founded by a group of local people who believed that everyone deserved the very best care and support as they approached the end of their life. Passionate local people who cared about their community and wanted to make things better for them.  

“Today, more than ever, we need to reach out to businesses and let them know we are here for them, whenever and wherever they need us. We want to share the message that The Kirkwood are here to support their employees and their families, their customers and clients – whenever and wherever we are needed. "

Such is the interest in The Kirkwood Business Movement, we have already secured the backing of twelve local businesses – who were all eager to sign up before the scheme officially launched.  

We are proud to announce the founding members as: Acomm PR & Communications, Empire HouseKixx, Pearson Funeral Services, Beanie Media, Sam Teale Productions, Taylors of Mirfield, OragymsRedbak, ABLRidley & Hall Solicitors and Paxman Scalp Cooling.

Jess Lees is passionate about the positive impact local businesses can have in their communities and is thrilled to be working with them as we launch the Business Movement. 

“We are absolutely delighted that so many great local businesses have already come onboard and pledged to support our new venture.  

“No one knows and loves our local area more than those who live and work locally, and we believe that when we work together, we can achieve so much more. Our founder members are passionate about the difference we can make and are committed to helping us reach as many people as possible.” 

As part of our commitment to business who sign up, we will provide a bespoke induction for a nominated champion within each business to help them support colleagues affected by any life limiting illness.   

Businesses will also be asked to sign up to a number of pledges within The Support Life Charter, which outlines their commitment and shows their employees, their stakeholders and their community they are there for them, no matter what they are going through and whatever else is happening in the world.  

On what new members can expect, Jess said: “When local businesses sign up to The Kirkwood Business Movement, we’ll stand side by side with them, supporting employers, their workforce and their local community in any way we can.  

“Our aim is to give businesses all the tools they need to support their employees and help them to understand more about our life changing work so that, if they ever need us, they will know how to reach out for help."

The Kirkwood Business Movement will also offer members benefits such as networking events, opportunities to reach new audiences and resources to use as part of their marketing.  

Michael Crowther, Chief Executive with The Kirkwood, hopes the Business Movement will help to raise vital awareness about how we Support Life here in Kirklees. 

Michael said: “Right now, over 3,000 people in Kirklees are living with an illness from which they won’t recover and are approaching the end of their life. Despite this, many people don’t reach out to The Kirkwood for support. Perhaps it’s because they aren’t aware of all the ways we might help or because they think we only care for people at the very end of life. 

“We are determined to change that, and one of the ways we are aiming to do it is by connecting with local businesses and their workforces so that, in the future, all those affected in some way by a life limiting illness feel able to reach out to us, and reach out early enough for us to make a positive impact on their quality of life.

“I’m thrilled to welcome our first twelve members to The Kirkwood Business Movement. I know we’ll do great things together.” 

If you're interested in becoming part of The Kirkwood Business Movement, contact Jess Lees at: jess.lees@thekirkwood.org.uk or call: 01484 557 911. 

If you'd like to find out more about The Kirkwood Business Movement, click here.  

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