It's been a great three years supporting The Thomas Theyer Foundation!

20th September 2021 16:09


What began as a year-long partnership with The Thomas Theyer Foundation after we named it our Charity of the Year went on to last three fabulous years, in which we as a company have undertaken many exciting challenges and raised some much-needed funding for the local High Peak charity.


To mark the end of our journey together as charity partners, we thought we'd have a look back at what we've achieved together and thank our staff for their efforts in all of our company challenges.


A new Charity of the Year

In 2018 were were inspired to support The Thomas Theyer Foundation after hearing Thomas’ story and wanting to help a local charity and make a difference in the community.

Based in Buxton, not too far from our Strines office, and close to where the business first began in Whaley Bridge, the Thomas Theyer Foundation supports children and young people with additional needs, or living in difficult life circumstances, by giving them the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from outdoor activity breaks. 

Not only did the DJS team support The Thomas Theyer Foundation with fundraising and sponsorship, we also lent our expertise in other areas. Our creative department supported the charity with marketing and design - creating and producing leaflets and other marketing materials as well as giving advice on social media best practice to generate maximum interest for events. 

Some of our staff also used their DJS Volunteering Day to support the organisation's charitable events.

Supporting TTF has helped us come together as a business to undertake various team activities, and during Covid-19, has encouraged us to get active in the great outdoors, which has been so important for our wellbeing.

Completing the 'Thomas Challenge'

In 2020 The Thomas Theyer Foundation presented us with an award for successfully completing the charity's ‘Thomas Challenge’ (raising £1,000 in the first year of partnership), and more recently, Chris Theyer (Thomas' mum) gifted us a stunning piece of art titled "The Buxton Carnival Race", by local artist, Rob Wilson. This was presented as a thank you for our efforts and support, and now currently has pride of place in our boardroom! 


(Left to right: Danny Sims, Chris Theyer, Jill De Nardo, Alex Noden)

Chris Theyer, who set up the charity in 2015 said of the last three years:

“We are incredibly grateful for the support DJS Research has given the Thomas Theyer Foundation over the last three years, not only fundraising but also the design support.  Please pass on our sincere thanks to Steph and everyone at DJS. Thomas was the kindest of people and everything we do is in his name; we thank you for your kindness on his behalf.

"We would also like to give very special thanks to Alex Noden - who worked closely with The Thomas Theyer Foundation to make all of our fundraising happen and coordinated all of our challenges. A massive thank you!"

Step back in time...

And so, a look back at just where our fundraising adventures took us, from 2018 - 2021...

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

The first event we took part in for TTF was tackling the mighty Yorkshire Three Peaks...

The challenge was to walk all three peaks of Ingleborough, Pen-Y-Ghent and Whernside, taking in 25 miles and 1,500 metre of ascent in 12 hours or less..."Read More


The Gritstone Trail 

The intrepid team of adventurers set out again with a challenge closer to home...

This time the challenge was to walk the full length of the Gritstone Trail from Kidsgrove in Staffordshire to Disley in Cheshire in one day. Although thanks to the Great British Weather, things didn't go quite to plan...Read more


Bring Your Dog to Work Day 

Friday 21st June was a first in DJS Research history. It was the day the doggies came to the office! Employees from all departments were given the opportunity to bring in their four-legged friends for a day of board meetings, walkies and canine shenanigans... Read more 


Two Get up and Go Challenges 

This was a great challenge, which not only helped us to raise money for the the Thomas Theyer Foundation, but also encouraged us to get out in the great outdoors post Christmas in the bitter month of January, but also supported our wellbeing during the pandemic and the second national lockdown. Combining the totals for both years, we walked, cycled and ran more than 5,000 miles! 

Get up and Go Challenge One

Get up and Go Challenge - The rematch!


25 on the 25th Challenge

We had originally planned to do a relay walk from our office in Strines to our Leeds office, but like all best-laid plans in the age of Covid, this was sadly not meant to be. Never ones to be deterred, we instead came up with a brilliant, Covid-safe alternative that we could involve our families in at home. The challenge was to get sponsorship for doing 25 things on the 25th September: the date of Thomas’ birthday.

Challenges included bike riding, baking, running, cycling, leaf collecting, cricket-ball catching, pumpkin collecting….you name it! 

We really felt that fundraising at this time was really important, as charities were facing more challenges than ever before due to the pandemic, and particularly some of the smaller ones... Read More

Special thanks....

We really want to say a huge thanks to everyone who gave their time and enthusiasm to supporting this charity and our company pledge  -- it really has made a huge difference.

We would also like to give very special thanks to our very own, Alex Noden, who worked closely with The Thomas Theyer Foundation to make all of our fundraising happen and coordinated all of our challenges.

We wish The Thomas Theyer Foundation all the best with its future fundraising and we are very proud to have worked with you as a charity partner.


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