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staff and managers from rowlands pharmacy stood in front of liverpool anglican cathedral before sponsored abseil NSPCC

Rowlands Pharmacy Scaling New Heights for Charity

staff from rowlands pharmacy stand in front of liverpool cathedral before abseil

Andy Gemmel Steve Charnock David Young, Sarah Gower, James Allen, Andy , Black, Susan Black, Mike Johnson, Vicky Wilson

As part of their ongoing charity appeal for the NSPCC the staff and managers from Rowlands Pharmacy scaled new heights to raise an additional £1250 for the NSPCC. Most people who are new to abseiling usually start off on an indoor climbing wall about 20 ft above the ground but not the team from Rowlands. They decided to abseil from one of the tallest and most imposing buildings in Merseyside, Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. And as you can see from the pictures the weather was not exactly what you would call pleasant. The team of intrepid explorers are :

Andy Gemmel
Steve Charnock
Neil Stewart
David Young
Sarah Gower
James Allen
Andy Farr
Kenny Black
Susan Black
Mike Johnson
Vicky Wilson

And a special Mention goes to James Allen who was so laid back about the whole thing he actually did it in his Pyjamas!

mike johnson abseil off liverpool cathedral

susan black abseil liverpool cathedral for NSPCC

neil stewart abseil liverpool cathedral for NSPCC

Neil Stewart abseil off liverpool cathedral for NSPCC

kenny black abseil liverpool cathedral

kenny black abseil liverpool cathedral nspcc

mike johnson asends liverpool cathedral

mike johnson abseil liverpool cathedral for nspccabseiling liverpool cathedral

man in red indian costume stood on stage at conference

Rowlands Pharmacy Annual Charity Ball in aid of NSPCC

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“Go West Life Is Peaceful There……or is it

Big Chief black welcomes all the Cowboys, Cowgirls and Indians to the Annual Hoedown in aid of the NSPCC. Big Chief black is the chief of a tribe of local Medicine men jointly known as Rowlands Pharmacy. Big Chief Black has no idea HOW the hoedown will turn out but expects some of the evening will be Good, a lot of the evening to be Bad and most of the night will be Ugly.fancy dress party rowlands pharmacyLast night big chief black, a powerful medicine man, had a dream that outlaws would come to the hoedown and shoot up the town so the jailhouse is ready.fake jail in conference roomBig Chief Black holds a council of war with the local sheriff who tells him to tell the jailer about his dreamman dressed as red indian talks to man dressed as mexicanAn hour before sundown the saloon is quiet with only the deputy having a shot of liquor before the town’s folk ride into town.man stood at bar in cowboy fancy dress, bar decorated in american flagsBig Chief Black show’s the tribal markings of all the local Medicine men that supply potions and lotions to the local medicine men known as Rowlands Pharmacyman in red indian costume stood on stage at conferenceBig Chief black is amazed by the NSPCC squaw’s audio visual black magic and needs some fire waterfancy dress couple on stage The annual hoedown kicks off with a magnificent performance by the early ancestors of the village peoplepeople in fancy dress It sure ain’t long before some outlaws turn up and big chief black holds them at gun point until the sheriff arrives.people in fancy dress with hands on their headsWhere is the Sheriff when Big Chief Black needs his help with the Outlaws….oh there he is with his deputy cracking open a bottle of fire water from the french reservation.men dressed as cowboysBig Chief Black has had a belly full of this no good womanising, hard drinking sheriff and offers a reward to round up a possy.people in fancy dressThe sheriff should look at the state of this old timer who has been drinking fire water from the french reservation most of his liferowlands fancy dress ballMore outlaws are rounded up by the possy and this time they have caught the deputy drunk as skunk falling out the door of the house of ill repute.men in cowboy fancy dress on stageThis next bunch of outlaws snitch on the sheriff for being a no good whoring drunk who spends most of the day drinking fire water from the french reservation with the old timer.men and women in fancy dressBig Chief black has had a belly full of this no good hard drinking, whoring sheriff and throws him in the Jailhouse. men in cowboy fancy dress in false jailIt ain’t long before the no good whoring, hard drinking sheriff attempts to bride the Jailers.men in mexican fancy dress outside a false jailhousThe hoedown is hotting up and the Jailhouse if filling up…much to the delight of the no good whoring, hard drinking sheriff.people in fancy dress in fake jailhouseA local medicine man and supplier of lotions and potions to Rowlands Pharmacy is also thrown into jail by Big Chief black because his prices disrespect the chiefs budget.man in fake jail at fancy dress eventMore of the Sheriff’s crooked gang are rounded up and thrown into jail but they just can’t stop trying to bribe the guardsmen in cowboy and mexican fancy dressThese two have just returned from Broke Back Mountain and have decided to come out to the hoedown to celebrate.men dressed in fancy dress cowboysBig Chief black show’s the wanted posters of “Big little Poo Shooter” and the Saloon girl who goes by the name of ” you can have your cake and eat it” because the drums have told him they are heading for the hoedown and trouble ain’t far behind them.man in red indian costume on stage at conferenceBig Chief black is ready with warrants for their arrest’s and they gonna be well hung by sunset.red indians and cowboys in fancy dress at conferenceBig chief black attempts to buy a saloon girl to join his many wives on the reservation but she is highly insulted by the price he offers.cowboy fancy dress at holiday inn runcornThis one looks like she may accept Big Chief blacks offer of a lame horse and a chance to abseil down the side of a church on the scouse reservation.man and women in cowboy fancy dressBig Chief black is having no luck with the saloon girls but he looks like he may have cracked it with Woody from Toy Story.men dressed as cowboy and indian in fancy dressBig Chief Black is happy because the saloon girls are also laughing at the price they are offered from the cowboys. Your Humble Narrator is running out of inspiration and will return after a few more pictures.men in fancy dressmen and women dressed as cowboys and indiansmen and women in fancy dresswomen dressed as cowgirls in fancy dressmen dress in cowboy and indian fancy dresscowboy and indian fancy dress ball Looks like old crazy horse has been on the fire water again and big chief black is thinking of claiming the first scalp of the evening.cowboy and indian fancy dress ball At last a saloon girls finally accepts big chief blacks proposal of a lame horse and a chance to abseil down the side of a church on the scouse reservation.cowboy and indian fancy dress ball Meanwhile back at the Jailhouse the boys from broke back mountain are edging their bets that the Sheriff has been in jail long enough and is ready for a ride up the broke back. And if he isn’t they have laced the profiteroles with horse tranquilizers  cowboy and indian fancy dress ball While the broke back boys are trying to turn the sheriff a cowgirl  attempts a jail break.women dressed as cowgirl in fake jail house at partyBut that no good whoring, hard drinking sheriff ain’t for turning and makes a move on the cowgirl.women dressed as cowgirl in fake jail house at partyBut the cow girl is a horse breaker and does not want to be broken herself so she cries out for help from another cowgirl.women dressed as cowgirl in fake jail house at partyThe other cowgirl arrives but now that no good whoring hard drinking sheriff has got them both cornered and is trying to plow them with liquor. women dressed as cowgirl in fake jail house at partywomen dressed as cowgirl in fake jail house at partyBut where are the jailers when all this is going on….how the hell did they get locked in their own jail….that no good sheriff will do anything to have his wicked way.to men dressed in mexican fancy dress in fake jailhouseHere comes the possy and the sheriff attempts to scale the jail house walls.women dressed as cowgirl in fake jail house at partywomen dressed as cowgirl in fake jail house at partyZorrow has been arrested and is being auctioned off to the highest bidder…this cowgirl wants to have her wicked way with him.women dressed as cowgirl in fake jail house at partyBut she is out bid for Zorrow by crazy horse who the Mexican boys have seen around riding on broke back.women dressed as cowgirl in fake jail house at partyBig chief black is having non of it because, as an experienced medicine man, he knows these broke back boys spread like wild fire. He calls to one of the broke back boys.women dressed as cowgirl in fake jail house at partyHe knows the only medicine is an old Indian remedy ” forced female observation”, usually done on the reservation.  So he locks up one of the saloon girls and forces one of the broke back boys to remove his mustache and observe the female saloon girl. But alas the Broke back ain’t for turning and simply heckles the saloon girl.women dressed as cowgirl in fake jail house at partyBig Chief Black’s prediction is coming true, broke back fever is spreading around the hoedown like wild fire.men in cowboys and indians fancy dressThe cowgirls are entertaining themselves and one of them is making a break from jail in case she has to swap her cowboy boots for big white training shoes.men in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dresscowgirls and cowboys in fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dresslady dressed as cowgirlmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressmen in cowboys and indians fancy dressman dressed as wild west old timermen in cowboys and indians fancy dresssaloon girls

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James Anderson Stuart Board and other cricket players

Brown Shipley bowled over by cricket stars’ support for Macmillan

England Cricketers Eion Morgan, Jimmy Anderson, ian sackfield, stuart broad and david lloyd

Eoin Morgan, Jimmy Anderson, Ian Sackfield, Stuart Broad and David Lloyd Photography by Neilson Reeves

On Thursday 14 October, private banking firm Brown Shipley celebrated its bicentenary by holding a pre-Ashes charity dinner and auction with some of the biggest names in English cricket and I was honoured to be asked to take the portrait above.

The event, held at Manchester’s Midland Hotel, raised more than £2,000 and was one of several Brown Shipley have held this year in support of Macmillan Cancer Support, so far raising a staggering £75,000 to help the charity reach more people affected by cancer.

England players Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Eoin Morgan attended, along with MC for the night David Lloyd, the popular pundit and former coach. All four cricket stars were on hand to answer questions about their forthcoming highly anticipated Ashes series.

Lancashire and England bowler Jimmy Anderson said: “I am delighted that all proceeds from this event will find their way to Macmillan, such a richly deserving cause. I also have other events supporting Macmillan planned on the back of England’s Ashes tour. After all, it is likely most of us will be affected either directly or indirectly by cancer some time in our lives.”

Brown Shipley’s Managing Director, Ian Sackfield, added: “We are really pleased with our association with Macmillan. In this our bicentenary year, everyone at Brown Shipley is working hard to make this year special for Macmillan – a fitting legacy for 2010 and beyond.”

A champagne reception greeted the 100 or so guests at the event, who included Brown Shipley employees, select clients, and two key figures from Macmillan, Ann Paul, Head of High Level Giving and Claire Gage, Donor Recognition & Stewardship Coordinator. The cricketing celebrities swapped tables during the dinner, giving all the guests the chance for a brush with sporting stardom. The auction – which had guests bidding for prizes including an exclusive holiday to Cyprus – drew a memorable evening to a close.

About Macmillan Cancer Support:

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with and beyond cancer.

If you’re living with cancer, the good days really matter. Macmillan is there to help you have more good days. For answers, support or just a chat, visit http://www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00 – no matter what your question.

About Brown Shipley

Brown Shipley is a private bank, with client offices in London, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Birmingham. In 2010, Brown Shipley is celebrating its bicentenary.

It provides core wealth management services for high net worth clients comprising investment and fund management, self administered pension schemes, estate planning and banking services.

Brown Shipley’s parent company is KBL European Private Bankers which, from Luxembourg, heads a major European network of private bankers.

Other fundraising events Brown Shipley have thrown themselves into this year in aid of Macmillan include Fashion Kicks, held at Lancashire County Cricket Club in April. It featured players from Manchester City FC’s first-team strutting the catwalk alongside professional models in a stunning fashion show organized by top retailer Selfridges.

About Manchester’s Midland Hotel

The Midand Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Manchester city centre. The Grade 2  listed building offers comfort and style, as well as a prestigious 100 year history. If you are interested in staying the night or holding a corporate event there, call 0161 236 3333 or visit http://www.qhotels.co.uk/hotels/the-midland-manchester.aspx