Our Winter 2022 Charity Appeal

Local Defibrillators For Communities

Every year, our customers, brewery, pub staff and free trade team proudly get behind our chosen charity appeal, with the aim of raising funds for local communities in the North West.

With our recent Six Charity Appeal now finished, we decided to get straight into our next target.

From September 2022 to March 2023, we’ll be raising money to buy and install as many local defibrillator machines as we can. These will be carefully positioned in communities around our entire pub estate.

We have a target of £50,000, which would help us to buy a good number of machines for community use.


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Charity is not something we do because we have to, it is something that we do because we want to

As an independent, regional family brewer, Joseph Holt places community at the heart of our charity activities. It forms part of our values, it runs throughout our company and it is instilled in the principles of our people who work for us.

Since 1849 charity has been part of our family history, our legacy and our commitment to our communities. Many people not be aware but our relationship with The Christie Hospital lies much deeper. In 1914 Sir Edward Holt I raised £20,000 (£2 million in today’s money) to fund, buy equipment and premises for the newly formed Holt Radium Institute.  In 1933 it relocated and joined with The Christie Hospital to become the current Christie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute.

We also run two family Trusts; The Peter Kershaw Trust, and The Edward Holt Trust. Both of these were set up to give back to local community projects to tackle issues including homelessness, addiction and the Manchester community.

Update on our 2021/22 Charity Appeal

food bank Charity appeal cheque presentation 2022

You probably don’t need reminding that 2020 and 2021 were both tough years for many people.

As a proud community member, Joseph Holt wanted to reflect this in our 2021/2022 charity appeal and as such we chose to support six food banks and food clubs across the region.

The 6 charities were:

  • Lucie’s Pantry (Salford)
  • Porch Boxes (Whitefield/Bury/Radcliffe)
  • Stockport Foodbank
  • Mustard Tree (Manchester)
  • Compassion Acts (Southport)
  • Atherton & Leigh Foodbank

We closed our fundraising appeal for the six charities on 1st August 2022. We’re delighted to say that we raised an incredible total of £129,719.

Update on our 2020 Charity Appeal

In Spring 2018 we launched our appeal to raise £100,000 to help redevelop the Radiology Department at The Christie Hospital & Holt Radium Institute in South Manchester. Having previously had their funding rejected, our commitment to support them as lead fundraiser meant the redevelopment was approved.

Since its launch in 2018 the uptake from pubs, people, customers and stockists has been overwhelming. Our initial target of £100,000 was smashed!

We ended up raising a grand total of £174,507, which was donated to The Christie on 7th October 2020.

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Some of our fundraising in action

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The Woodthorpe team who walked 34.8 miles for our charities

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From the Woodthorpe in Prestwich to the Richmond in Southport by foot in 13 hours

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Cellar Service Manager David Mort and team completed the 192 mile Coast to Coast walk

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Ian and Julie Slamon completing their Alps Trek

Area Manager Liz Hardman's pubs taking on Snowdon

The Mort Arms raising £1,610 in a sponsored head shave

Lord Nelson Urmston raising funds for The Christie

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Stonemill pub trekking up Mount Snowdon

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Legh Arms raising money for our Ukraine appeal

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Local donations during lockdown

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CEO Richard and Area Manager Andrew raising money for The Christie

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