Category: Alex Timpson Trust

Let’s Celebrate!

Let’s all take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate all our colleagues working in branches raising money for and also those who are organising events to raise money for The Alex Timpson Trust.

It is a really special moment when you can make someone put their hard earned money into a charity tin! Whether this is by telling the customer about the incredible things we do and what we support or if it’s by taking the time doing a free job and suggesting they pop what they can into the tin, either way, thank you.

As most of you will know, we provide free holiday homes for foster families and have recently sent out the allocations, here are just some of the amazing responses we have had from those who have been successful:

“I want to take the time to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for this holiday. After a really difficult week this has completely wowed and cheered us! We can’t wait to tell the kids closer to the time! Your support of foster carers is so appreciated, thank you all!”

“My little boy wrote the application if you remember. What you did not know was that he has not written anything for 3 years. He has not been in mainstream education as he is anxious about getting things wrong and feels immense shame. Letters and handwriting is his hardest. We have been able to give him praise for his writing winning us a holiday, so thank you for the confidence boost.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing our little family to receive a holiday, the children are very excited. I am sure they will make magical memories.”

We are able to continue to provide these holiday homes due to you and your efforts, thank you.

This week you have raised £8,366.66


We also get involved with local schools, currently some of our colleagues in Timpson House are due to start mentoring at a local school, this is just an hour or so a week but what that means to that young person is invaluable.


Last of All

Some of you may have already received John’s latest book on Mental Health, if you have please feel free to give us your feedback.

Here is all the information about the Mental Health book if you would like it. 

Thank You For Your Support

Alex Timpson Trust Collection Tin

Thank You

The Alex Timpson Trustees would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported the trust over the last 12 months.

In total you have helped to raise an amazing £500,000 from collection tins ,  FREE jobs, sponsored events and raffles.

We have been truly blown away with their generosity!

As a result of the fundraising we are able to offer 
A Guide to Attachment

Author – John Timpson

A total of 150,786 FREE books , which we have donated to customers, schools or agencies. Helping us to raise awareness of attachment.

As a result 66 foster families have enjoyed a FREE holiday, which in turn has given an amazing 33,600 hours of lasting memories to more than 200 children.

Further more, we have been able to difference to the lives of 1000’s of children and their families by supporting other deserving causes, initiatives and charities, including Freedom Fostering, Northwest Academies, Deseignability, ARC, SANDS, National Literacy Trust,  Northern Ireland Childrens Hospice, ISPCC,  and The Rees Centre.

The trustees appreciate your donations and look forward to helping more children to shine during  2019.

Once again would like to say thank you.



Charity Fundraising…What Would You Do For Charity?

Charity fundraising cheque presented to James and Roisin Timpson

Emma proudly presents her cheque to James and Roisin

Charity events come in all shapes and sizes. We’ve all been there. We’ve got together with a group of  friends and said ‘Let’s raise money for charity ’ and before you know it you’re doing a sponsored run, selling raffle tickets or organising a cake sale …But what would you do for charity ?

Charity fundraiser Emma Ashmore, shows us her new haircut

Emma Ashmore

One of our colleagues, Emma Ashmore, was so passionate about the Alex Timpson Trust and the work we do to raise awareness of attachment in schools, that she took it one step further and made the brave decision to shave her head for charity!… The day Emma rang the office to tell me , my reaction was  ‘ARE YOU SURE!’

Emma assured me she was definitely up for the challenge and as a result raised an amazing £2121 , which she presented to James and Roisin Timpson at a recent colleague event in London.

James accepted the cheque on behalf of the Alex Timpson Trust saying ‘ Thank you to Emma, our colleagues and customers, who continually  fundraise and donate to the trust through the ‘small jobs’ scheme. As a result we are able to continue our work to raise awareness of attachment , through the funding of vital research, whilst offering FREE books and holidays for foster families.’

Charity Fundraising…Do It Your Way!

If you would like to support, but having your head shaved or running a marathon fills your with dread, then why not raise funds from the comfort of your own home by using The Giving Machine, a UK charity that lets you give for free. When you shop via The Giving Machine, you generate cashback which can then convert into free charity donations for the Alex Timpson Trust.

Whatever you choose to do, remember to have fun. – Janet, Alex Timpson Support

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Alex Timpson Trust Celebrates Successful First Year

We’ve had an amazing year! From the day we launched the Alex Timpson Trust on 1st October 2017, the support from our colleagues and customers has been amazing. From fund-raising and free holidays for foster families, to conferences and funding projects, here are a few highlights.

So far, our amazing colleagues have raised £364,000… and money is still coming in!

It will come as no surprise that our Group colleagues have had lots of fun whilst fund-raising whether they were having their head shaved, losing weight, participating in the Great North Run, selling recycled ties to visitors to the races, selling recycled hangers, as well as doing raffles, running cake sales, offering free small jobs for a donation… the list goes on.









How to Raise Extra Cash
As well as placing money in the counter collection tins, customers can donate online or by using a sponsor sheet. The benefit of using Virgin Money Giving and sponsor sheets is we can get extra money for the charity through Gift Aid.

What is Gift Aid?
Gift Aid allows UK charities to claim back the basic rate tax already paid on donations by the donor. This means we can claim back from central government on your behalf 25p for every £1 donated, boosting the value of the donation by a quarter. So for example, if you wish to support the Alex Timpson Trust and raise £100 using a sponsor sheet or Virgin Money Giving, once we claim the tax back that now means you have raised £125 for the Alex Timpson Trust. Raise £1,000 with Gift Aid and that’s £1,250.

Virgin Money Giving
It’s so easy to set up your fundraising page, you can do it in just five minutes. Go to, click ‘create your page’, enter the details of your fundraising activity and select Alex Timpson Trust as your charity. You can then personalise your page with your story and photos.

FREE Books
Since 1st September 2018, a total of 150,786 free books have been handed to our customers, sent to schools* or other agencies in order to raise awareness of Attachment.

*A new book has been produced specifically for schools and is not available to buy online or from any of our branches, ‘A Guide to Attachment Awareness in Schools’.


FREE Holiday Homes
We have two holiday homes, Primrose Valley and Devon Cliffs, which are exclusively offered to foster families and as a result this year:
● 66 foster families were offered a FREE holiday
● Giving 33,600 hours of lasting memories for more than 200 children.









New – Primrose Valley Rentals

Due to the high volume of requests from foster families to use our free holiday homes during the school holidays, the Trustees have agreed to rent two more holiday homes at Primrose Valley, during the busy summer holiday period.

Feedback from Families
“We just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you so much for our holiday, we had a fabulous time! The children loved the swimming pool especially the slides so we made sure we went every day!”

“Thank you for giving us a wonderful week at Devon Cliffs – an excellent holiday park, amazing caravan (especially having the use of a washing machine when we had our two young LAC with us), beautiful scenery and a brilliant location, not forgetting a lovely bottle of Prosecco waiting for us when we arrived. Your generosity has been overwhelming, thanks again.”

“Just wanted to say a massive thank you for letting us use your beautiful caravan at Primrose Valley last week. We had the best time and were amazed at the gorgeous setting and lovely brand new caravan. The children loved the walk down to the beach and we had such a relaxing couple of days sat looking out at the beach from the veranda. Your trust has brought us a lot of happiness and fun.”

Applications for 2019 are now pouring in and although we have had hundreds of applications to consider, all foster families will be told if they have been successful by the end of September 2018.

Virtual School Heads
In May and June, Sir John Timpson hosted a lunch for Virtual School Heads (VSH) at his home in Cheshire. In total, 36 VSHs attended and after a presentation, pledged their support by agreeing to raise awareness of Attachment in their schools. As a result, Attachment awareness has reached over 3,000 schools across the North West and the Midlands.

New – ARC
ARC is currently setting up a network of schools to exchange experience and best practice in order to become the long term guardian, promoter and developer of Attachment in schools. Working particularly with virtual heads, ARC ensures Attachment awareness has a permanent place in every school’s agenda.

Funding After Adoption
The funding we have provided has underpinned the development SafeBase for Schools. SafeBase for Schools is a training programme, developed by After Adoption, which uses a whole school approach to help schools effectively support adopted pupils, and those in local authority care, to reach their full potential.

When children have experienced developmental trauma and have Attachment difficulties, this can impact upon their capacity to learn and manage themselves within the classroom. This year, a total of 25 programmes were delivered to 179 families, positively impacting on the lives of 280 children.

The Rees Centre
The Alex Timpson Trust is funding the Rees Centre, University of Oxford to develop a national evidence base on the effects of Attachment and trauma training in schools. Around 22 local authorities have signed up so far, which includes more than 100 schools.

Sir John recently visited the Rees Centre and hosted an online webinar. John explained his personal experiences of fostering 90 children and adopting two sons with his late wife, Alex, and their lightbulb moment when Attachment was explained to them, helping John and Alex understand some of the more challenging behaviours they encountered when fostering children.





Since then, Sir John has helped a primary school move from an Ofsted ‘special measures’ rating to ‘outstanding’, has written books for foster carers, teachers, social workers and young people about Attachment and most recently, has been working with Virtual School Heads to encourage more schools to commit to becoming Attachment aware.

We also offer continued support to schools through bursaries which have helped to fund various activities including:

Delamere Academy
The Timpson Trust supported the Delamere Academy in Tarporley with a PDSA workshop for all year groups. The children learned how to look after their pets and, importantly, how to approach and treat animals they don’t know
The whole school celebrated World Book Day – the theme was Julia Donaldson. Everyone dressed up and spent the day on book-related activities.

As part of science day, Molecular Marty came in to do some fun science. The children made slime, zombie blood and finished it off with some freshly made candyfloss. KS1 also had a chocolate workshop that taught them how chocolate was made. They even got to make their own chocolate rabbits. All of these extra curricular activities were achieved with the help of the Alex Timpson Trust.

Year 6 Residential
Cornwall’s renowned Eden Project was the destination of Linmere’s residential. The weather was superb and really highlighted the beauty and uniqueness of its location. The residential stay included time spent in the enormous biomes, learning about the environment and the inhabitants of the rainforest, a day at St Ives’ Surf School, and the third day at Hangloose outdoor centre. The children had an amazing time in an incredible setting and their behaviour was excellent.

Oak View Academy
At Christmas, the nursery children from Oak View Primary Academy in Winsford visited a reindeer farm to meet Father Christmas, see real live reindeers and took part in Christmas Craft activities. There was a visit to Reaseheath, one of the country’s leading land-based college’s, where the class learnt about animal habitats and plants. And as part of their topic on Europe, the children learnt about different ingredients from around Europe and then cooked Danish pastries and tasted Brioche, Quiche Lorraine and Chorizo.

Year 6 Enterprise Week
The children were encouraged to develop their enterprise skills through developing a business plan and carrying out the activities to raise £50 each towards their visit to London. The children ran stalls on two sessions, which gave them the chance to reflect and adapt their initial ideas before the second session. Several children raised over £50.

New – Newall Green Academy
We will be supporting Newall Green High School through mentoring and funding towards school activities for the next three years.

The Hub, The Oyster Catcher, The White Eagle, The Swan, The Partridge
The Alex Timpson Trust continues to support the training of young people who have not had opportunities in other walks of life and see hospitality as an opportunity to improve their futures.

Following an introduction into hospitality, young people working as part of The Hub  at The Oyster Catcher, The White Eagle, The Swan and The Partridge are given three areas of development:
1. Platform 16 – Internal training programme
2. NVQ2 – National Qualification
3. Hub Days – Out of work experiences designed to enhance the Rookies’ personal development (recent days have included Industry Day, Sea Fishing and Field to Fork).

One-off Donations and Grants
Designability: The Alex Timpson Trust funded one of their Wizzybug, an innovative powered wheelchair designed specifically for children under five who, due to their condition, are unable to walk or can only walk with difficulty or who may need to save energy for other activities so they can experience mobility and fun.

Scottish Attachment in Action: We made a donation towards the cost of their annual conference to raise awareness of Attachment, which John Timpson agreed to attend as a guest speaker.

Meadowfield School: We sponsored a child with severe and complex needs, allowing the child to attend a residential outdoor activity as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Thank You

As you can see, it has been a busy year and one where our wonderful colleagues and supporters have contributed and participated in with great compassion, courage and enthusiasm. The Trustees, Sir John Timpson CBE, James Timpson OBE, Professor Elizabeth Harlow and Helen Oakley would like to say a big THANK YOU for your support during our first year. We look forward to what next year has in store.


Shelley Inspires Colleagues to Raise Over £11,000 for Alex Timpson Trust

Shelley Banks, an Area Development Manager with Johnsons, who joined our Dry Cleaning business 18 years ago has helped raise a magnificent £11,000 for the Alex Timpson Trust over the past year. Shelley said: “I love my job. I never get a minute to myself but I love being able to make a difference to our people and the business. That’s the beauty of the Timpson Group ethos, we’re free to do whatever fits best.”

In the past year, Shelley has worked tirelessly alongside some of her Dry Cleaning colleagues to raise as much money as possible for the Alex Timpson Trust, whose mission is helping children to shine.

Shelley revealed: “I’m a single parent myself and had a tough time starting family life after struggling with two miscarriages. Children deserve a great start in life and I know many children don’t get that. I never got to meet Alex, but her love for children and the time and effort she put in to making their lives better was inspiring. I wanted to continue that in her absence. I’m not in a position to adopt children, but I have been able to dedicate my time and effort into helping raise money for this incredible charity.”

Our brilliant colleague began with a presentation to workmates to tell them of her personal passion to raise funds and encouraged them to get involved by running all sorts of competitions, raffles and creative fundraising challenges.

“Some of my colleagues really got stuck into it,” Shelley declared. The ladies in Johnsons Chesterfield stand out with their ‘Brave the Shave’ style event, raising an incredible £3,150.






Eleven other Other Dry Cleaning branches across the Midlands up to South Yorkshire raised over £300 each, including our colleagues at Hinckley, Loughborough, Sheldon and Shelley’s northernmost colleagues at the Johnsons store in ASDA Doncaster.

At the end of every week Shelley gets in touch with her Area’s Dry Cleaning colleagues to learn how much has been raised and how they did it. “I feel a great sense of achievement when colleagues tell me gleefully how well they have done. It really makes the time and effort we all put in worthwhile.”

Sir John Timpson CBE recently recognised Shelley’s extraordinary commitment to fundraising for the Alex Timpson Trust with a special award, presented to her by Timpson Group CEO James Timpson OBE.

“Since the Alex Timpson Trust went live, Shelley and her brilliant colleagues in the Johnsons Dry Cleaning business in central England have raised an incredible £11,611.81.

Shelley declared: “I’m over the moon with that figure. I want to keep that number ticking over and of course, keep Alex’s amazing legacy alive.”

Sir John Hosts Attachment Aware Conference

Sir John Timpson hosted a special conference at his Cheshire home today for Virtual School Heads on the subject of Attachment awareness. The Alex Timpson Trust, founded by Timpson Group Chairman in tribute to his late wife, Alex Timpson MBE, is dedicated to improving awareness and understanding of Attachment disorder.






Attachment Aware 
Attachment aware schools develop a culture in which the individual child is more important than the overall process prescribed by the education authorities. Teachers are allowed to use their initiative and perform the role for which they joined the profession. This slightly maverick approach seems to be a feature of those schools that nurture their whole community.

It almost goes without saying that the vital ingredient is a committed Headteacher, who really ‘gets it’, backed up by a team full of positive personalities. Every school needs to provide physical spaces where troubled children can escape and have down time, and it helps if every employee, including teaching assistants, cooks and caretakers are Attachment aware.







The main barriers to success are the obstacles that Senior Management Teams are tempted to put in the way; too much already going on, we haven’t got room in the budget, we only have a few looked after children and it won’t help our OFSTED inspection or push us up the league tables are frequently heard arguments.

Caring Culture
To overcome this negative response, the Alex Timpson Trust is emphasising the big benefits. In particular, the observation that an Attachment aware school appears to have a more positive and caring culture that respects every child in the school, which results in a better all-round education.

Sir John Timpson and his fellow Trustees are talking to Virtual School Heads in the West Midlands and North West of England to ask them to help by encouraging every school in their local authority to become ‘Attachment Aware’.

The special conference held at his Cheshire home today for Virtual School Heads, agencies, SENCOs and Ofsted officials will kick start that process.

It is Sir John’s and the Trustees’ hope that the feedback from those schools will help them better understand what works and what doesn’t and will provide an overall impression of how becoming more Attachment aware makes a difference for children, teachers, support staff and a school’s culture.

Easter Bunnies Raise £100 for Alex Timpson Trust

Our fantastic colleague Kyley Bird, who works at Johnson Cleaners in the Norwich Tesco store, was inspired to dress up and hop about the store with a collection tin in aid of the Alex Timpson Trust on Good Friday. Kyley found a more than helpful little bunny in 10 year-old daughter, Alisha, who ably assisted her mum and was rightfully rewarded with a chocolate egg after helping to count all the pennies.








Our happy pair of bunny girls were thrilled to bits to raise an amazing £100 for the Alex Timpson Trust in just two energetic hours. Well done and thank you to Kyley and Alisha and the generous customers at Norwich Blue Boar Tesco!

Darren’s New Year Weight Loss Challenge

One of our fantastic Timpson Group colleagues in the North West is starting the New Year by challenging himself to lose at least two stone in weight by April. Darren Gallimore is a Timpson Mobile Manager and serial supporter of charitable causes. On this occasion, Darren has pledged to direct monies from his sponsored slim fundraising effort to the Alex Timpson Trust.

The 42 year-old grandfather of 10, (yes, you read that right) admits to being “a bit too beefy” and hopes to shed at least 28 lbs in Alex Timpson’s memory in a bid to boost a wider understanding of Attachment theory.

“I’ve already got £450 pledged from great colleagues and friends, and I’ve set up a fundraising page too, so supporters can sponsor me via that and watch my progress,” said Darren. “I think the Trust’s work and especially its pledge to support foster families with a free holiday is fantastic. As a grandfather of 10 I know just how important it is for families to get away from the hurly burly of everyday life and stresses and just enjoy family time.”