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Hospice challenge to ‘grow’ £50 donation

L-R: Ria Simons, Hospice Fundraiser, Gabriella Fryer, Marketing Manager at the Chamber of Commerce and Kevin Gates, Managing Director at Neoperl UK

Businesses are being challenged to get creative and turn £50 into a much bigger donation for St Richard’s Hospice.

The hospice is calling for 20 organisations to sign-up to its 20/20 Business Challenge – with the collective aim of raising more than £20,000 for its care.

Each team to sign up will be given £50 and will be tasked with growing it into much more as part of the challenge over the first quarter of 2020.

At the end of the challenge, participants will be invited to a special awards dinner where the final total will be announced and prizes awarded.

Ria Simons, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “This is our first challenge of this kind and we are excited to work with a variety of organisations.

“There is a world of possibilities for fundraising – from holding a bake sale, to taking on a skydive, it’s totally up to the teams taking part!

“We think it’s a great opportunity to get colleagues together, working towards raising money for our care – while having fun and networking with other businesses involved at the same time.

“£20,000 is a huge amount and would make such an important difference to the lives of those we care for and their loved ones.”

The 20/20 Business Challenge is sponsored by the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.

Sharon Smith, Chief Executive of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, said: “I’m delighted that the Chamber is the overall sponsor for St Richard’s Hospice’s 20/20 Business Challenge.

“Following the success of last year’s Worcester Stands Tall campaign, which saw the county work together to make the initiative a huge triumph, we are thrilled to once again support the hospice.

“I’d like to encourage local firms to become one of 20 businesses who will be set the challenge of raising a combined total of £20,000 based on a ‘grow your £’ concept.”

Kevin Gates, Managing Director at Neoperl UK in Malvern, said: “Neoperl UK is pleased to be supporting the St Richard’s Hospice 2020 challenge.

“Having celebrated our own 20th anniversary this year, it will be a fantastic opportunity to support such a worthwhile cause early in 2020.

“We are really excited by the challenge, and the friendly rivalry, and raising as much money as we can.”

Other businesses already involved include Handelsbanken, The Kiln, Worcester Slimming World Team, CMCA UK, Shrubbery Dental and DHL Droitwich.

To take part in the challenge, call Ria Simons, Fundraiser, on 01905 958262 or email: rsimons@strichards.org.uk.

More information and fundraising tips can be found online at: www.strichards.org.uk/20-20-business-challenge.

St Richard’s Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. It also supports their loved ones.

Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,400 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations and gifts in Wills for the majority of its income with 22% funded by the NHS.

The hospice is also raising funds for the Build 2020 Appeal and is part way through developing a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire. The total cost for expanding and redeveloping the existing building in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, is £5.3m.

For more information about St Richard’s Hospice visit: www.strichards.org.uk.