Rail maintenance equipment specialist, Mechan, is embarking on a charity mission to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The Sheffield-based manufacturer has pledged to raise at least £5,000 for the city’s Children’s Hospital to mark this milestone in its development.

Mechan’s close-knit team will be undertaking a range of fundraising endeavours in the run up to its official anniversary in February, which kicked off with a lunchtime treat cooked by finance director, Zahir Altaf.

A sponsorship page has been set up ( and the firm is inviting donations from suppliers, clients and colleagues at its parent companies, CIM Group and CMI Services. The money raised will be handed over to Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity prior to Mechan’s anniversary dinner.

Mechan marketing executive Fran Piotrowski, who is coordinating the fundraising, said: “We are very proud to have reached our half century and want to mark this special occasion by giving back to the community that has supported us throughout this time. Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital is a very special facility that our city is privileged to benefit from and I am sure it will strike a chord with staff and local suppliers, many of whom will have needed its services at some point.”

Established in 1969 to supply Sheffield’s traditional manufacturing industries, Mechan now serves the rail sector almost exclusively, specialising in lifting and handling products for the maintenance of trams, trains and freight vehicles. It was bought by France’s CIM Group early in 2017, which subsequently became part of global infrastructure experts, CMI, at the end of the year.

For more information about Mechan’s fundraising activities, visit their website or send an enquiry through this page.