2023 Family Treasure Hunt Sponsors & Supporters

7th Family Treasure Hunt in Marple Memorial Park: 27 May 2023

The Treasure Hunt was aimed at 3 to 11 year-olds with parents, grandparents or carers to assist as needed. The children hunted for clues and letters to reveal the two word phrase "Exercise Equipment" that would open the Treasure Chest for a share of the booty. We estimate that around 175 children took part and we received great feedback on the event!

Family Treasure Hunt 2023

We were joined by Sarah and her two Coffee Bean Dream vans, who provided visitors to the park with refreshments. Cheshire Wildlife Trust were there engaging with families about nature and re-wilding Stockport, and Marple Guides were painting faces to raise funds for Guides. Marple Youth Project also joined us with a Cake Sale and a fabulous Art Trail in the Woodland Walk.

Good news is that the event raised almost £3,575 for the park!

This was a FREE EVENT but we had a collection bucket for donations to Friends of Marple Memorial Park and people were very generous. We were also selling tickets for our Raffle with some really incredible prizes donated by local businesses (see further down the page) that tempted people into buying over 380 tickets.

We've waited a while to give a final total this year as one of our sponsors hasn't paid, but we can't chase them forever. So excluding that, the 2023 Family Treasure Hunt has raised a fantastic total of £3,575 for the park. This is made up of £2,867 in sponsorship from local businesses, which is a new record, and £708 raised on the day from the raffle, donations, Cake Sale, and Cards and Jewellery sales too. Our costs were £143 for 9Kg of chocolate coins, so a balance of £3,431 will benefit park projects.

Family Treasure Hunt 2023

So we must say a VERY BIG THANK YOU to our MEGA, Premier and Regular Sponsors who contributed £1,647, £1,040 and £180 respectively, and our fabulous Raffle Prize Donors, whose generosity helped us raise a further £382 with the raffle. Full details of all the local businesses and organisations who helped us are detailed further down the page.

Last but not least, thank you to all our volunteers who have helped to make the Treasure Hunt such a success, with special mention for our "PR Lady" Diane Jackson, who does an absolutely amazing job engaging with Marple's local businesses to raise sponsorship and raffle prizes for this brilliant family event in Marple Memorial Park.

Our Treasure Hunts have now raised a total of £15,221 for the park!

Friends of Marple Memorial Park have been helping the council to look after our fabulous local park since 2003 and we continue to raise funds for some exciting new and future projects in the park to benefit the whole Marple community. A big chunk of the money raised this year has boosted the funding for our Outdoor Exercise Equipment Project and orders totalling almost £33,000 are being placed for this via the council. The rest will help us to fund new projects in the park.

Treasure Hunt Sponsors:

Community support for the 7th Family Treasure Hunt in 2023:


£300 Joint MEGA SPONSORS: Church Lane Co-op and Stockport Road Co-op

The two local Co-op stores have chosen to support us for the second year running with a very generous joint donation of £300 to cover our costs. The application was supported by the store managers because it supports the Coop's focus to deliver fairer access to community well-being. Our Treasure Hunt will do this by providing a completely free family event with an element of challenge to solve the puzzles and win a prize that will stimulate children both mentally and physically, whilst they are having fun and exercising in the open air: https://www.coop.co.uk/

£250 MEGA SPONSOR: Nurture Nursery & Pre-school

Nurture is an under 5s Early Learning and Day-Care Centre, situated on Station Road in the centre of Marple. A browse through their photos on social media shows that they are regular users of our park and helps to explain why they have been so supportive of our Treasure Hunts this year and in the past too: https://www.nurturemarple.co.uk/

Nurture Nursery & Pre-school

£150 MEGA SPONSOR + £20 Raffle Voucher: D & S White Family Butchers

There has been a butcher at the shop on Market Street since at least 1905, with Dave taking on the business in 1976. Today Rick and the team bring you the finest locally sourced beef, pork and lamb, together with a wide range of free range and organic chicken. They're also well known for their delicious range of burgers and sausages along with their more specialist game produce including venison, wild boar and various game birds: https://www.facebook.com/dandswhitebutchers/

D & S White Butcher

£150 MEGA SPONSOR: All Things Nice

All Things Nice is a cafe, bakery and deli on Market Street in Marple serving breakfast, lunch and dinner using only the best ingredients and selling fresh baked artisan goods, deli meats, cheese, food and great coffee! https://www.atnmarple.com/

£100 MEGA SPONSOR + A DAY'S LABOUR IN THE PARK: Shelby Landscapes Ltd

Marple based Shelby Landscapes do all aspects of landscaping, so we're quite excited about the bonus offer of a day's help in the park and will look for the perfect opportunity to take advantage of their generosity. They can do everything from cleaning your patio / drive all the way to completely reshaping and designing your dream garden or driveway. They have years of experience with no job too large or too small: https://www.facebook.com/shelbylandscapes

Shelby Landscapes Ltd

£100 MEGA SPONSOR + 2hrs FREE Gardening Services Raffle Prize: Gracias Gardens

Gracias Gardens are a Marple-based garden maintenance and landscape contractor covering the SK postcode. They offer services such as pressure washing, weeding, hedge cutting, lawn mowing, lawn maintenance such as scarification, re-seeding and top dressing, pruning of fruit trees, garden clearances, winter tidy-ups, planting and turf laying, flagging and re-pointing. https://www.facebook.com/gracias-gardens

£100 MEGA SPONSOR: Bloom Hearing Specialists (Marple Branch)

Bloom are here to help you find the best solution for your hearing. With a branch in Marple and clinics throughout the UK and a free home hearing care service, they are your local hearing specialists and with a wide range of hearing aid styles and the latest technologies, they are with you every step of the way: https://www.bloomhearing.co.uk/shopdetails/

£100 MEGA SPONSOR: Brabyns Preparatory School

Nestled in the heart of picturesque Cheshire countryside in the small town of Marple, Brabyns Preparatory School is a co-educational independent day school for children aged two to eleven. The school makes great use of our park and are always wonderfully supportive of the things we do: https://www.brabynsprepschool.co.uk/

£100 MEGA SPONSOR: Brian Sharples & Son, Funeral Directors

Brian Sharples & Son Funeral Directors, serving Stockport, Marple, Marple Bridge, Compstall, and all surrounding areas: https://www.briansharples.co.uk/

Brian Sharples & Son

£100 MEGA SPONSOR: DJS Research Ltd

DJS Research is an employee-owned business which was set-up in 2001 and has grown every year since. Based in Strines, we now employ more than 70 permanent staff, along with a team of 200 telephone interviewers (all from the local area). We take our role in the community seriously, and consider ourselves an ethical company, with an understanding of our responsibility to our staff, the local community and to the wider business world: https://www.djsresearch.co.uk/

£100 MEGA SPONSOR: Lawler & Company Sales & Lettings (Marple, Hazel Grove & Poynton)

Lawler & Co. is a bespoke independent estate agency established in 2014 with prominent branches located in Marple, Hazel Grove and Poynton: https://lawlerandcompany.co.uk/

Lawler & Co. Sales and Letting

£100 MEGA SPONSOR: North Cheshire Forestry Services

North Cheshire Forestry Services are a Stockport tree surgeon based in Marple Bridge, Stockport, Manchester. Established in 1976 they’ve been providing an exceptional tree care service to the people of Stockport for over 40 years. https://northcheshireforestry.com


HB Printing and Signs, based in the Goyt Mill at Hawk Green, has agreed to print our Treasure Hunt Programme FOC again as their support to this year's event. The programme is an A3 double-sided leaflet that will feature all of this year's sponsors and contain the clues to the Treasure Hunt, so we certainly can't do without it: https://www.hbprinting.co.uk/

HB Printing

£50 PREMIER SPONSOR plus £100 of Gift Vouchers: Harrods Motor Components

As well as being a Premier Sponsor, Harrods has generously contributed 2 x £50 Gift Vouchers to spend in-store, boosting them to MEGA Sponsor! https://www.harrodscarparts.co.uk/

Harrod's Motor Components

Sweet Treat MEGA Sponsor: Morrisons Daily Store at Rose Hill, Marple

A surprise late entry to our sponsorship is the donation of 80 packs of Munchies Gold as an alternative prize to our usual chocolate coins from Morrisons Daily at Rose Hill. If these prove more popular than the gold coins then you may have to be one of the first 80 correct answers back to win one of them! This is in addition to Morrisons Daily being a Regular Sponsor.

Munchies Gold from Morrisons Daily


32 Whites Dental & Implant Clinic

Byles of Marple, Kitchens and Bathrooms

Hawk Green Cricket Club


John Oldham Plastering

Jones Law Partnership

Lisa Connolly - Travel Counsellors

Malcolm Shaw & Son Ltd, Funeral Directors Marple

Marple Local History Society

Marple Physio

Michelle Reynolds Podiatrist, Marple

Ridings Opticians

Sew-In of Marple & Buxton

Stationery Supplies Marple


The Coffee Bean Dream

The Locks Marple Coffee House and Bar

The Springfield Hotel

Torevell Calvert Chartered Accountants


Tumble Jacks Marple 

Vernon Building Society



Recon Cycles Marple in the Goyt Mill



ACM Financial Services Ltd

Barkley and Fetch

Bridge Computers Services

Hollins of Marple

Marple & District Electrical

Morrisons Daily Store at Rose Hill, Marple



Baked by Leah (Amazing Children's Hamper)

Barkley and Fetch (Doggie Treat Bag)

B'Dazzled Handmade Jewellery & Gifts (Matching necklace and bracelet set)

Bull's Head Pub, Marple (£30 Voucher)

Chocolate Collective (Chocolate Workshop Voucher: value £45)

D & S White Butchers (Meat Voucher)

Escape Stockport (1 hour escape room game for 6 people)

Gosling's Toymaster (Box of Fun Dough)

Gracias Gardens (2 hrs FREE Gardening Services)

Harrod's Motor Components (2 x £50 Gift Vouchers)

High Lane Garage (Bottle of HLG Gordon's Gin)

Hollins of Marple (Wall Clock Weather Station)

Independent Fitters, Marple (£250 discount voucher)

Kiki's Marple (£20 Mocktail / Cocktail Voucher)

Littlewoods Butchers (2 x £10 Meat Vouchers)

LSA Technology (£60 voucher for IT Solutions)

Magpie Cottages & Spa (£50 voucher towards a stay)

Marple Bookshop (£15 Gift Voucher)

Marple Golf Club (Voucher for 1 x Four Ball)

Nitrotek Ltd (Radio Controlled Boat)

Ring o' Bells Public House (Sunday Roast Lunch for 2)

Samuel Oldknow Bar (£20 Voucher)

Stationery Supplies Marple (£10 voucher to spend in shop)

Stockport Nerf Centre (6 x 1 hour sessions)

Stockport Scalextric (6 x 1 hour sessions):

SVC Lighting and Electrical (6-pack LED Tea-Lights)

The Hatters Arms Pub (Bottle of Gin and Bottle of Bacardi)

Wayne Chaisty Ironwood Metal Art (Hand-forged lizard)

Support was promoted on this page, in the programme and via the following online sources:

The Marple Website Community Forum

The Marple Website Twitter Feed

The Marple Website Facebook Page

Facebook Event: 2023 Family Treasure Hunt in Marple Memorial Park.

Please support these businesses as they support our community!