Armitage Thanks

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of iconic British bathroom brand Armitage Shanks, parent company Ideal Standard launched a campaign to raise £200,000 for charity by the end of its bicentenary year, 2017. Forty per cent of the cash raised from 2015 to the end of 2017 will be donated to Bowel & Cancer Research, chosen in a staff vote.

 “Since the early years of the 19th century, Armitage Shanks products have been used, seen and welcomed by everyone from paupers to pop stars, in everywhere from pubs and palaces to major sporting stadiums and motorway service stations.

The bicentenary is truly an historic milestone for us and we are very proud, so we are going to mark it by saying a big ‘Armitage Thanks’ for supporting us over the last 200 years. 

“Our aim is to help raise money to fund research into devastating diseases nationally, along with supporting our local communities and working with schools to educate and inspire future generations.”

Keith Boad, Managing Director of Ideal Standard UK, the parent company of Armitage Shanks

Supporting our PhD programme

As part of Armitage's relationship with Bowel & Cancer Research, the company and it's employees decided to support our PhD programme and fully funded Hannah Bolland's study into targeting areas of low oxygen in bowel tumours. To celebrate this partnership they created a short film of Hannah discussing her work at Nottingham University:

The Fountain17 Project

Armitage Shanks have undertaken various fundraising projects for our charity, publicised our research to their workers and followers and we have given talks on bowel cancer and bowel disease at their work to create awareness or the various conditions and symptoms. 

One of the more unusual and exciting projects that Armitage Shanks created to commemorate their 200th anniversary and to support the charity was Fountain17. Inspired by the 100th anniversary or Marcel Duchamp's artwork 'Fountain', they commissioned various artists to create their own pieces, using Duchamp's piece as a starting point. 

You can see a selection of the pieces below:

Yasmin Yus Sof, Lillian Gish Peter Ronald-Coates, Pissoir Paul Collinson, The Wanderer
Yasmin Yus Sof, Lillian Gish Peter Ronald-Coates, Pissoir Paul Collinson, The Wanderer

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