Westermans are involved with local people and groups
…It takes a little of our time to give a huge amount of support to others....
As a local business Westermans International believe that supporting the community is vital and rewarding for their staff. As a family run company supplying welding equipment, we are lucky to be able to help and support those who we admire.
Do you know of a good local cause that needs a bit of financial help or support? If so contact us and let us see what we can do.
2018 British Women's Motocross Championship.
Numbers for the Elite class increase to an incredible 27 for the 2018 season.
Proving that the series was much needed for all those talendted female riders out their.
The 2018 Championship is delighted the Westermans has been able to provide additional sponsorship funds to give the younger girls also a chance to compete in a girl only series.
13 young riders signed up and going by the results at the first few meetings, they are already have larger classes than the young boys.
Photo Elisha Elliott, age 14
British Mini Bikes Winter Series
Over the winter Luke Westerman and Ava Carter have been getting up to lots of fun. Throughout the winter both racers have competed it the British Mini Bikes 160 and 140 Championships; this was their time to get use to riding in challenging conditions, as well as getting the new CW 140 bikes set up perfectly for the upcoming summer season.
Luke Westerman had only recently started racing his CW 140 minibike towards the end of 2017, so this championship was a great way to improve his riding skills and get to grips with the bike. Over the 4 rounds they travelled across the country and had some great racing; this was reflected within the results.
In the British Mini Bike Stock 160 Winter Championship Ava Carter managed to win the championship, with Luke Westerman coming runner up in an excellent 2nd place. In the British Mini Bike Stock 140 Winter Championship Carter managed to take the double and win this championship, Luke had a few crashes in the 140 races throughout the season however still finished in a great 4th place in this championship.
The winter series was an excellent way for both racers to have some great fun, adjust to riding in wet conditions, as well as get the bikes set up perfectly for the summer series. Both racers and now super excited and cannot wait for the summer series to get under way!
Both racers really appreciate Westermans International for their constant support and say they would not be racing without the Sponsoship
British Women's Motocross Championship
After being main title sponsors of the newly founded BWMA, Westermans are proud to continuing to support girls and ladies in the UK race not only in the UK but Europe.
The driving force behind this championship was Vicky Marriott, a Leicestershire rider who we have sponsored for many years as an individual. She knew that the structure to race in Europe, and ultimately the Women's World MX championship was missing from Britain. So along with her Father Howard in 2017 they successful ran the 2017 BWMA Championship and from that 8 ladies for the 2018 season will be wearing GB racekit and riding at a series of European tracks. Beth Farmer, 2017 Champion was presented with the Peter Westerman Trophy. And who else but Peter Westerman could present the prize money and trophies? A motorbike rider himself he attended a number of the races and was so impressed.
The 2018 season, 8 rounds with a newly added 85cc girls championship has attracted many more girls in the 2nd year. Keep up to date on our Blog or the BWMA-UK web site for Fixtures, race photos and leader board.
Linking Lives UK- A New Parks methodist church charity scheme for lonely people in Leicestershire
The Leicester Western Ward scheme helps support lonely older people in local communities.
Volunteer befrienders are recruited and trained before being matched with isolated people who benefit from regular visits.
If you are local and wish to help this cause that we are supporting financially please get in touch. Contact Leicester Western Ward Linking Lives here
Westermans Sponsor Race Kit
Leicester's Vicky Marriott, came to seek support from us for her Race Kit when she couldn’t afford to do another 9 round season of National Motocross Championships travelling all over the UK and Ireland 2016.
So chose to take the opportunity to compete in the 4 round IMBA European Women’s Motocross Championship as part of the 3 girl British team, along with the 2 day British Invitational International Women’s National Championship.
Read more about Vicky's achievements and how she got into Motocross on our Blog
Great to see our Welding Equipment company sponsoring such a talented, local young lady as she blasts around Europe!
Chris Whitaker our Procurement Co-Ordinator is really going to make us proud this year.
Shave off ALL of her Hair for Charity
When doing something for charity she puts her heart and soul into raising as much money as possible.
This year is no exception.
On 13th August 2016 Chris will shave her hair totally off. This is an initiative from Macmillan, a Cancer charity which she always supports.
On her giving page on BravetheShave.org she says "In memory of family members we have lost and our family and friends who have beaten cancer I wanted to raise money for Macmillan who make such a difference to peoples lives. Well done to all you other Shavers, let's be proud and hold our heads high x
This Charity like many others cannot do their great work without people like Chris.
Help Chris raise her target of £1000 by donating on her link here after all she is shaving all of her hair off totally.
This is the before photograph. We will upload the after one soon.
Westermans had a Great #WigWednesday on 25th May 2016.
Raising money for a great cause in CLIC Sargent, a charity for young people with cancer.
We all donned our wigs and played games – raising £130.00 in the process!
Thank you for your votes in our twitter poll, voting Craig as the “Big Wig”, so he was dressed as an oompa lumpa for the day
Here are some photos to share an amazing day with you!
Groby Juniors Football Club
Now our business is situated in Groby, Leicestershire we are able to move our support to another local village helping the community and charities around us.
Groby Junior Football club are based in the same village. They have 18 teams with both boys teams, girls teams and mixed teams.
Groby FC run the academy (ages 5 to 7) all the way through to under 16s. Home games are played at Brookvale High School, with some games being played at Quarry Park.
We are happy to sponsor the Under 12's Spartan team, a mixed team managed by Dave Briars. Most players are from Groby or the surrounding villages.
From their website http://www.grobyjuniorsfc.co.uk/ you can find all the fixtures and even teams member profiles.
Good Luck to all the players at Groby Junior Football Club for the forthcoming season.
Dean Smith Annual Memorial Match 2014
The shield was won this year by Daz Shaw from Derby with a winning weight of 163lb 7oz. Second was Skegg'sy with 104lb 6oz. Third was Tom Pringle with 57lb 3oz.
A total of 26 anglers took part at Peating Pools, many thanks to Stewart at Planters for allowing us to use the lakes and a big shout out to Claire at Westermans for putting up the shield and some prize money.
A raffle was run on the day with prizes donated by Cooper's Tackle of Netherhall Road and Match Catch of Syston. Finally £260.00 was raised on the day for Loros.
All the lads all appreciate the help from sponsors and donations as the memorial match is also for those who are not present anymore who used to fish along side us.
Tight Lines, Ash Stone, Organiser.
The Peatling Fishing Crew and the Dean Smith Memorial Fishing match
in aid of Loros held at Peatling Lakes
, Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire.
This is an annual fishing match in memory of a close friend, Dean Smith whom all the Anglers who took part on the day were friends of.
20 fishermen turned up on the day donating their pool money and Stewart the Fishery owner gave them the peg fee money back.
Fishery owner is Stewart Ellingworth of Planters Limited, Leicester.
Thank you to all those who take part every year and donate time and facilities to raise money for this amazing and vital hospice for the terminally ill. LOROS is vital to Leicestershire.
The Girls at Westermans recently help out at the local school Fete in Syston.
The school came up with a great idea for local businesses and a classroom to work with each other. We were delighted to offer some help here.
A sunny, cloudy, sunny, cloudy evening in July, Claire, Chris, Jess and Simone turned up on the school playing field to set up a stall. With thousands of sweets 3 big bowls of icing sugar, children aged 3 - 53 took part in making smiley face biscuits.
The Fete was a great success and raised over £1000. See the Blog for some very nice photos.
Before moving to Groby, our local Primary and Junior school was awarded an Academy status on the 1st March 2013. St Peter and St Paul Church of England Academy in Upper Church Street, Syston heard by word of mouth that we had a Skeleton at our offices round the corner.
The life size skeleton was a much needed addition to the Year 4 pupils who were learning all about the human body and how it works. With their need much greater than ours, we were happy to donate this to the school.
The first part of the body the children have looked at is the hands. Using paper, straws and wool the children have made their own models.
It is hoped that the Skeleton will enhance many of the science lessons now.
On 26th/27th May 2012, Claire Spillane, a Director at Westermans, entered her first ever race and WON her first ever Silver Medal!
With a group of friends she attempted to walk 100km in a target time of 25 hours. Sadly her blisters beat her and she called it a day at 42 miles. Some of her team mates went on to walk for another 22 miles for Oxfam in TrailTrekkers Challenge in Yorkshire during the hottest weekend of the year. It took them a staggering 28 hours 15 minutes and the relief and emotion when they crossed the finishing line will never be forgotten.
Read and see more images on the Westermans Blog about her memoriable weekend!!! Between the teams they raised over £2500 for Oxfam.
After many years of sponsoring young riders, we now have a number of youths riding under our logo. Westermans International sponsor a Team of both Youths and Adults in their passion for a fast and dirty sport! MotoX has become a way of life and we are proud to be able to help them achieve their goals.
The riders enjoy travelling either to their home track in Banbury or to other race tracks in the UK by means of a purpose built motorhome complete with garage to store their KTM and Honda motorbikes. They have met many like minded children and adults along the way and kindly advertise Westermans Welding by displaying new customised plastics and some very impressive westermans.com graphics on their bikes display.
Their success is due to the commitment and discipline they put into the sport, they seek advice from those who are at the top and enjoy regular training sessions. MotoX has given them confidence to meet and speak with others, stamina and fitness and more importantly pure enjoyment and thrills each and EVERY weekend!
Our successful motox team have started 2012 well for Banbury Motox Club, See our 2011 MotoX Team here with up dates throughout the year with links to the results table or visit our Blog with weekly updates from the Riders during this coming season. We will create a 2012 page when photos and results are published.
Syston Rugby Club
Being only 5 minutes away from our office, Syston RFC is well known and very well supported by boys and men of all ages!
But their success on the playing field is due to a large number of committed coaches and volunteers.
became involved with her sons team and was quickly roped in to help with fund raising each year for Tour. Her biggest personal achievement to date is her 3 Peak Challenge
where she and 9 other parents climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon over a 24 hour period, raising funds for the next tour to Ireland. Follow this link to read more about the team and her Challenge
Many of these boys have now gone off to various Universities around the Country. However some still play for the Syston 1st Team or the Colts Team, others have joined Birstall RFC and other teams within the County.
House of Hope, Constanta, Romania
After meeting with a Romanian friend, Claire Spillane was told about an orphanage in Romania
which was struggling for support from the Government to remain open as a home to some 15-20 young children who were all infected with HIV. This home only needs 140,000 euros to provide a safe and loving environment for all these children, staff wages and medicine. So as she had already committed herself to raise money on the 3 Peak Challenge, it was decided that this much needed Charity would benefit greatly. In October 2009, Claire was pleased to be able to send over £1250 as a gift and hopes to continue to raise awareness and funds over the coming years. You can read more on the Challenge and the Orphanage here.
Recently Knossington Grange School in Rutland, Leicestershire arranged a Fund Raising event for the House of Hope in Constanta. Westermans were delighted to be able to send the children £50 in January 2011.
To All the Boys - Many thanks from all of us for donating your time and effort for children who really need it.
Everyone is aware of the disappearance of a little girl called Madeleine McCann from Portugal during 2007. Madeleine's family live only 5 minutes away from our offices so how can we not help support Gerry and Kate in their continued search for their daughter? Their devastation affected us all so we try to attend functions, donate funds and have purchased the book "Madeleine". We request that our customers around the world share these videos to friends and colleagues to help return Madeleine safely to her loving family. Kate and Gerry also support other charities of Missing Children.
If you are a local group or charity arranging a fund raising event, please email the full details to us. We will support you if we can.