Supported Charities

Armitage Thanks! aims to support a range of charities in the local communities where Ideal Standard’s three facilities are based, through fundraising events and activities.

As part of our 200 year celebrations for Armitage Shanks, Ideal Standard employees created Armitage Thanks, designed to give something back to charity. A programme of fundraising ran over 2 years and raised a total of £217,000 which will be split between local charities to our sites in Armitage and Hull and also helped fund PhD student Hannah’s research for Bowel & Cancer Research. This video explains how this money has been used.

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Division of Cancer and Stem Cells at Nottingham University.

Targeting areas of low oxygen in bowel tumours

More than one third of bowel cancer tumours contain areas in which there are low oxygen levels. These areas make the cancer difficult to treat and patients with these tumour characteristics less likely to respond well to treatment.

The researchers that we are funding have pinpointed a protein which they believe may be needed by tumours to grow in areas of low oxygen. They aim to confirm that this protein does contribute to poor treatment response in tumours. If they can do this, they will be able to open up another possible route for drug development to target this protein.

Armitage Thanks are proud to have funded this research.

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Smile Foundation

Bringing good intentions to life.

We’re a charity with an infectious sense of fun and a serious, been-around-the-block knowledge of what it takes to build charities that can endure and succeed. With the generous help of our partners in the business community we’re able to highlight the challenges facing local charities and source the tools to fix them. As long as we know we can make a difference, we’ll do all we can to help. Our approachability and proactive attitude, combined with our in-depth knowledge, make us the “go-to” destination for charity advice and support in Hull and East Yorkshire.

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Bowel & Cancer Research

Saving lives changing lives.

Armitage Shanks celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2017. We will be working with Bowel & Cancer Research and local charities aiming to raise £200,000 over the next 2 years.

Bowel & Cancer Research started life back in the 1990s as The London Immunotherapy Cancer Centre. Today we fund high quality research into bowel cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Colitis and Crohns disease), Irritable Bowel Sydrome and other bowel problems.

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Abbie’s Fund

Saving lives changing lives.

In the UK, 17 babies die every day through still birth and neo natal death. The loss of a baby is a traumatic experience and although nothing can ever compensate for that Abbies fund aims to provide much needed comfort and support at a very difficult time. They provide memory boxes and keepsakes for the Labour Ward, Neonatal Care Unit and Paediatric A&E Department at Hull Women and Children’s Hospital and other local hospitals to help local families.

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Rugeley welfare for dogs

Web-site design £1500

Rugeley Wellfare for dogs is a voluntary organisation that aims to give unwanted pets the home they deserve. The organisation has helped to rehome more than 100 dogs in the past decade but they are in constant need of new loving homes for many other abandoned dogs.

The organisation is run by Pauline Roberts and Ruth Dewis both of whom work full time at our Armitage site

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Corner house care flat

Armitage Thanks Donated the bathroom suite

Smile converted a flat into a clean, warm, safe and welcoming environment in which they could work with young girls who have been groomed, or are being sexually exploited.

This is a much needed space for the young girls to take a shower, maybe have a sleep, cook some food, wash their clothes, relax and watch TV, whilst feeling they can trust and confide in their support worker.

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Hannah Bolland

Armitage Thanks Helps Fund PhD student at Nottingham

More than one third of colorectal cancer tumours have regions in which there are levels of low oxygen because of poor blood supply. This is known as hypoxia.

These regions are resistant to chemo- and radiotherapy which means that patients with hypoxic tumours are more likely to die of their disease.

My team has pinpointed a protein called EIF4A2 which, because of the levels of expression we have observed, we consider may be needed by tumours to grow in areas of low oxygen. My role in the project is to confirm the relationship between this protein and tumour survival in hypoxia so that researchers can move on to find drugs which can work to kill these types of tumours.


Fully funded studentships are very hard to come by and without one I would not have been able to do a PhD in the UK. Without the funding from the charity there would be no research project and I simply would not have been able to do a PhD. I am therefore extremely grateful that Bowel & Cancer Research decided to fund this project as it will allow me to gain a doctorate which will form the basis of a lifelong career in cancer research.

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