Archive for the ‘Sykes Charity Work’ Category

Meet Nigel: Our Competitor for the Chester Duck Race

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
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This time last month, the Sykes Cottages office welcomed a very special guest who, on September 20th, will hopefully lead us to victory in the Chester Duck Race. As the newest member of the Sykes Cottages team, we thought we’d let you get to know Nigel in his very own blog post! Keep reading to learn all about Nigel, the charity he supports, and how he’s been spending his time here at Sykes.

About Nigel

Nigel before

Nigel came to Sykes Cottages on a fund raising mission and has been training daily to perform in the big duck race, where he will be raising money for the Babygrow Appeal. Nigel strongly supports the Babygrow appeal and its aim to raise £3million, which will help build a new neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital. Nigel knows that all babies need special care but also that some need it more than others, and so, he is privileged to be competing in the big race as part of the Sykes Cottages team!

Nigel’s Make Over

Nigel make over Redo

During his time here at Sykes Cottages, the team were set the challenge of giving Nigel a makeover; there was much discussion surrounding Nigel’s new look but seeing as his race is taking place on the iconic River Dee in the historic city of Chester, we decided to transform Nigel into a sight-seeing, fact-finding tourist! Nigel’s new look comes complete with a Sykes branded shirt, a camera to capture his favourite race moments, and a visitor’s guide to the city itself! We think Nigel’s new look is rather dashing, don’t you?

Nigel’s Time at Sykes Cottages

Nigel working Redo

Since his arrival here at Sykes Cottages, Nigel has thrown himself into fundraising activities and, as well as undergoing his makeover, he is currently planning a bake sale to raise more money for the Babygrow Appeal. Nigel has also been learning all about Sykes Cottages and has really enjoyed browsing our selection of properties; he especially likes Duck Cottage and Puddle-Duck Lodge! Although Nigel has been extremely busy he’s made time to get to know the people here at Sykes and has made a lot of new friends.

What’s next for Nigel?

Group & Nigel Redo

Nigel’s time at Sykes Cottages is almost at an end and our little quacker will soon be leaving the nest, for his next big adventure! Shortly after the bake sale, Nigel will depart to meet up with his friends from the bath tub, he is due to make his first public outing in September when he and his friends will be hogging the spot light at Chester’s Grosvenor Shopping Centre. They will be on display at the centre for a week from September 13th before heading off to the big race on September 20th!

We can’t wait to see Nigel race in September and if you’d like to come along and show your support I’m sure he would love to see you too! For more information on the appeal please visit the Countess of Chester website or to make a donation to the Babygrow Appeal you can visit their just giving page.


By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Jane and Jackie’s Jamathon for Cancer Research UK

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
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Today at Sykes Cottages we’re absolutely inundated with tasty delights as yesterday two members of our fantastic reservations team, Jane and Jackie, took on the challenge of a ‘Jamathon’ in aid of Cancer Research UK. The pair of them spent a whole 24 hours cooking up countless batches of delicious jams, chutneys and jellies (you can see some additional photographic evidence on the Sykes Facebook page) all of which are now being sold off to the peckish workers in the kitchen here at Sykes HQ, with the proceeds being donated to charity. So we’d just like to say a massive thank you to both Jackie and Jane for the hours that they spent boiling and simmering away in the name of a brilliant cause, and also for the masses of delicious jam for us to tuck in to!


Just some of the delicious treats that Jane and Jackie cooked up

Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

Celebrating 100 Years of the UK’s Wildlife Trusts

Monday, July 22nd, 2013
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Here at Sykes Cottages, we’d like to take the opportunity to wish the Wildlife Trusts a belated happy 100th birthday! Founded in 1912, the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves (as it was then called) and is today the largest voluntary organisation protecting nature and wildlife in the UK. There are more than 800,000 members in the UK and 2011 saw some seven million visits to Wildlife Trust reserves up and down the country.

100th birthday cake

Supporting the cause

Although each of the 47 Wildlife Trusts varies in their membership and activities, they share a common interest in wildlife and biodiversity and work to protect the UK’s natural heritage.  At Sykes Cottages, we share these goals and are proud to support a number of Wildlife Trusts in their important work across the UK.  We know that many of our holidaymakers choose a holiday in the UK and Ireland thanks to the impressive range of flora and fauna and we are keen to do our bit to protect our fantastic country for decades and holidaymakers to come.

Narborough Railway Line

Nature on your doorstep

The 47 Wildlife Trusts located across the UK, including the Isle of Man and the Isle of Alderney, offer a staggering 2,300 nature reserves to visit.  Come rain or shine this summer, getting back to nature is great way to spend part of your UK holiday and allows you to get to know your new destination.  All you need to do is choose one of our fantastic holiday cottages, visit the Wildlife Trusts’ website to plan a great day out and enjoy!

Poppies, Blackstone Nature Reserve, Bewdley, UK

From everyone here at Sykes Cottages, it’s a huge congratulations to the Wildlife Trusts and here’s to the next 100 years!!

Sykes Cottages’ Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge: Final Update

Monday, June 17th, 2013
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A few days ago we told you all about our team of keen walkers and runners who were in the midst of completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks.  The challenge sees walkers take on a 23 mile, circular route and summit the three peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.



The 16-strong team left Sykes Cottages HQ in Chester bright and early to travel to the Yorkshire Dales’ village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, where the challenge begins.  The day dawned with perfect walking weather; bright sunshine and a gentle breeze, much to the delight of the walkers!  The group split into three teams and set off…



Just under ten hours later, the final walkers returned to the village and enjoyed a well-deserved rest!

To add to our fundraising efforts, we held a bake sale at Sykes Cottages HQ where lots of delicious cakes were eaten! So far, we have almost raised £1500 to be split between two local charities; Claire House and Children Today which both provide invaluable support and care to children with disabilities and serious illnesses.



There’s still plenty of time to donate online; simply visit our Virgin Money Giving page to support these fantastic charities.


On behalf of everyone at Sykes Cottages, thanks very much!

Sykes Cottages Take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Today!

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
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At this very moment the intrepid team from Sykes Cottages are making there way towards the summit of the first peak in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, which they are undertaking for charity. The epic 25 mile hike will take the walkers over three towering peaks in the Pennine range, Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, in support of Claire House and the Children Today Charitable Trust, two worthwhile children’s charities.

Pen Y Ghent - Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

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There is still time to make a donation to the team should you wish to support the walkers and the charities, just click on the link below to be taken to the Virgin Money Giving page to make a secure payment.


Make a Donation to the Sykes Team!


We wish all of the walkers well and look forward to hearing all about the drama and hijinks that happened en route upon their safe return!