Duerr’s donates vital funds to Sale and Altrincham MENCAP Society

Britain’s oldest jam and marmalade maker is helping Sale and Altrincham Mencap to care for even more members with their donation of a hi-riser changing table.


The electrically operated wall-mounted changing table cost over £3,000 and will ensure that everyone can be involved in activities no matter what their disabilities are.


The table was presented by Mark Duerr and his cousin Juliet, and received by Shirley Godden, President of Sale and Altrincham Mencap, mother of two twin boys with learning and physical disabilities and mother to Juliet, and aunt to Mark.


Duerr’s MD, Mark Duerr comments, “Duerr’s is a family run company and has been for 131 years, being able to help a local charity that does such great work is a real honour.


A spokesman for Sale and Altrincham Mencap continues, “Duerr’s fantastic support and generosity enables us to continue and expand the services we provide for our members. The table allows our members with more complex needs to attend our clubs and activities.”


The Sale and Altrincham Mencap relies solely on donations and fundraising events to continue its work.


This donation is a continuation of Duerr’s long tradition of giving to charity. The 131-year old family run business raised the funds at its annual charity ball at The Point, at Lancashire County Cricket Ground. The theme, “Preserved on Film” saw guests and Duerr’s staff dress as stars from the silver screen including the Tin Man, Bridget Jones, Mr Incredible and Batman.


Managing Director Mark Duerr and his brother, Sales and Marketing Director, Richard Duerr even offered themselves as prizes in the auction to ensure the event smashed the previous year’s £20,000 total.


Duerr’s has raised in excess of £500,000 for charity since 2000 through fundraising events and a share of the night’s total was also donated to Wythenshawe Hospital’s Neonatal Unit providing essential equipment.


Duerr’s Paralympians Update 10/09/12

This weekend, on the penultimate day of the games, we saw Natalie Jones clinch 7th place in the 100 Freestyle S6, cheered on by her husband Rik Waddon.

Duerr’s are incredibly proud of Natalie, Rik and Tom Young, who have given a fantastic display of determination, strength and sheer talent throughout the Paralympic Games. We hope that they’ll pop in and tell us all about their experiences soon.

Duerr’s Paralympians Update 07/09/12

The last few days have been fantastic for Tom Young, and yesterday he finished in a valiant 6th place in the S8 100M freestyle, his fourth and final event. Our congratulations go to him, not only for this race, but his strong performance throughout these games. We hope that he now enjoys some well earned rest.

Tomorrow will see Natalie Jones’s final race, she’ll compete in the heats for the  50M butterfly S6, and then hopefully on to the final! We’ll be rooting for you Natalie!



Duerr’s Paralympians Update 05/09/12

Today we were delighted to spot a picture of Tom Young being congratulated on his performance so far in the Games by Price Harry.

Yesterday, Tom took part in the S8 100m backstroke; he came fourth, just half a second away from Ollie Hynd who took bronze. This morning he’ll compete in the heats for the SM8 200m individual medley, ahead of a 5:30pm start.

We’ll be cheering Tom on!

Duerr’s Paralympians Update 03/09/12

On day five of the Paralympics, Team GB has won a staggering 54 medals, bringing us in at second place in the medal tables, right behind China. Fingers, toes and eyes crossed we maintain this position till the end.

During this time, Duerr’s has been paying special attention to the progress of three Paralympians; Thomas Young, Natalie Jones and Rik Waddon.

Swimmer Tom Young, 21,  has performed fantastically and so far placed fourth in the 400m Freestyle, fifth in the SB7 100m Breastroke and seventh in S8 50m Freestyle.

Natalie Jones, who claimed two gold medals in Beijing, has so far placed seventh in the 400m Freestyle S6, and a won a  Bronze medal in the 200m Individual Medley S6, hot on the heels of Team GB’s golden girl Ellie Simmonds.

Rik Waddon is a Team GB cyclist who has taken 9th place in the Men’s Individual C1-2-3 1km Time Trial and after a dramatic final, took the Silver medal in the Mixed C1 to 5 Team Sprint. The British riders have done staggeringly well this year and have won five gold track medals and fifteen medals all together.

It would be an understatement to say that we were proud of Team GB, especially Tom, Natalie and Rik!