To celebrate a rapid period of growth for the business, the team at Advantage Insurance (AHCI), which was founded in Warrington five years ago, embarked upon a series of fundraising challenges in 2019. After recruiting more staff, continuing their expansion, and providing structural warranties for a host of multi-million pound developments throughout the UK, the Directors of Advantage were keen to ensure that as their ambitions for their business grow, so did their fundraising goals.
On 1st December 2019, Advantage’s Directors, David Sumner and Keith Gannon, took a table at the James Milner Foundation charity ball, making a donation to the charity which was set up by the LFC midfielder to help young people to stay healthy and active. Thanks to donations made at the Night in Hollywood themed ball, the foundation has now raised over a million-pounds. The charity ball was attended by Jurgen Klopp as well as a number of James Milner’s teammates and guests were entertained by the Kaiser Chiefs.
David Sumner said: “We were delighted to support the James Milner Foundation at their charity ball. It was a fantastic night and we were pleased to see them raise much-needed funds to provide sporting facilities for young people and to support other charities doing important work, such as the NSPCC.”
This is not the first time that the Advantage team has combined their love of sports with fundraising. In September 2019, staff took part in a charity football match to raise money for Warrington Animal Welfare. In the same month, they raised £3,000 at their Annual Charity Golf Day, where the Advantage team were joined on the golf course by former professional footballers David Dunn (who spent the majority of his career playing for Blackburn Rovers) and Garry Flitcroft (who played for Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City). All of the money raised at this event went towards medical support for Lee Kavanagh, who suffered a cerebral haemorrhage at 49.
And towards the end of the year, the Directors and staff at Advantage were determined not to slow down in their fundraising efforts. Several members of the Advantage team downed their clippers to support Movember (an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as anxiety, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide).
In December, Advantage helped to collect clothing and provide essential items for the Whitechapel Centre (the leading homelessness and housing charity for Liverpool) liaising with other likeminded local businesses like signage and print specialists, Signworks, (who are based at Formby Business Park) for collections and fundraising.
David Sumner said: “Although 2019 was a very busy year for the business, it was important to the whole team to find the time to support local charities that are making a real difference to our local community, working alongside other independent businesses to support the people who need it most. We’re very pleased to have rounded off 2019 by supporting the Whitechapel Centre, a charity we’ve supported in the past, which helps some of the most vulnerable people in the region.”