We are a local, family run business. Local people, and the local community, have been vital in our success. Therefore we believe it is important to give something back when we can. Below are just a few examples of times we have been fortunate enough to be able to give a little back.
North East Ukraine Appeal 2022
Terrible events in the Ukraine meant we felt we should help where we could, and we set up the Ukraine Appeal alongside Buttons Nursery and Washington AFC.
We were overwhelmed with donations, and teamed up with some local heroes who were travelling to the Polish border to deliver the donations themselves. We also helped towards the cost of fuel etc. for the drivers. We will be continuing to donate whatever we can for the foreseeable future.
Summer 2019 – Present
Since beginning a close association with Washington AFC, we have sponsored many events, including family funs days. We have provided equipment to the club free of charge to help them maintain their facilities. Our Managing Director recently joined the WAFC Fundraising Committee to help raise funds to significantly upgrade their facilities over the next few years.
Every year our Marsden Damp Services donate over 1000 slices of orange to be given out at the Great North Run to grateful runners. This year the oranges were handed out by Washington AFC Under 8s. Such was the appreciation from the runners who queued at times just to get a piece, that the story even made the Evening Chronicle. Runners were not shy to tell the children how much a small gesture give them a big boost.
In addition some of the children did the Junior Great North Run, including the children of Neil Marsden, raising over £500 for Heel and Toe Children’s Charity,
Marsden Damp Services sponsored a team featuring some of our very own staff in the Man vs Fat league, a football league designed to help men with weight loss. In one season the team lost over 15 stone combined. In July 2019 the team were invited to play in a national tournament at the City Academy at Manchester City‘s Etihad Stadium. From 80 teams we made it to the quarter final and were knocked out on penalties, however it was an amazing experience for everyone involved.
December 2018 – Paediatric Department at Sunderland Royal Hospital
Rather than give out gifts to our clients, we sent them a letter of thanks for their custom in 2018, and informed them that we would make a donation on their behalf to buying toys to be given out to the Children who would be spending Christmas at Sunderland Royal Hospital. For obvious reasons, we cannot share photographs of the children receiving their gifts, however the charity collecting the gifts, give them out on Christmas Eve, dressed as Santa and his Elves. The children were delighted.
2017-2018 – Washington Food Bank
Due to an unprecedented amount of donations, Washington Food Bank ran out of storage over Christmas 2017. We offered them our store room to use for as long as they needed to, free of charge. The amount of food was unbelievable, it went floor to ceiling and covered just about every inch of our store room for the first half of 2018!
Football rivalries were put to one side on Derby Day to help raise money for Kian Musgrove, a young local boy who needed life saving cancer treatment in America.
Our company, based in Washington, is made up of Newcastle and Sunderland football fans. It was agreed that Managing Director Neil Marsden would swap his Newcastle Shirt for a Sunderland shirt to watch the derby game, while a fan from the opposite team would wear the Newcastle shirt, if £1000 could be raised. The target was hit far quicker than we could have expected. With promises of further shirt swaps including from more of our staff, we managed to raise the total to nearly £3000. The derby was enjoyed with lots of banter and at the end of the day when the monies were totalled up and transferred over, everyone was proud to use football as a tool to raise money for such an important cause.