January saw Maggie’s Centre Cheltenham become our corporate charity for two years, and to date we have raised over £11,000 through different challenges and activities.
We hit the ground running, literally, with the first fundraiser, as ten members of our team beat the winter blues by taking part in the 50 miles for Maggie’s challenge in January, collectively ‘travelling’ over 1000 miles and raising an outstanding £1353. And as if this wasn’t enough miles, in June four members of our team took on the cycle for Maggie’s challenge, between them cycling 1000 miles and raising a phenomenal £2500.
In March, to coincide with Maggie’s Kitchen Table day, we held our first charity bake off, when 12 delicious entries were judged by three selfless judges, then sold for donations to the charity, raising not only £316 but also the profile of their event.
July saw the welcome return of our annual quiz, held jointly with WSP solicitors, hosted once again by BBC Radio Gloucestershire Faye Hatcher. We were supported by 26 teams from the Gloucestershire business community, whose generosity raised a truly fabulous £2400 for our two corporate charities.
The final two fundraising events of this year have not only helped fundraise but also challenged some of our team’s fears.
The first was an Abseil challenge, which we co-sponsored, and four members of our team bravely took the plunge to participate in scaling 50 feet down the Ecotricity building. The event was organised to raise money for four other amazing charities, however two team members were allowed to allocate their fundraising to Maggie’s.
Will Abbott said “Supporting our local community is a key driver for our business. We were therefore delighted to support this super abseil challenge organised for four amazing charities in Stroud.”
Then there was our first Fire walk hosted in our grounds of Chargrove House raising close to £3,000. 18 valiant supporters of Maggie’s, including me and one of our new starters Jamie Moss, faced our fears and bravely walked through the fire pit, which was safely managed and maintained by the professionals from Blaze. Everyone who took part would agree the pre-walk training session was uplifting and motivational and gave you the encouragement and positivity to walk the fire.
With the return of monthly breakfast butty days and cake sales we have already made an amazing start for this two year charity partnership.
Contact Jo Kline for more information by emailing Jo.Kline@randall-payne.co.uk or call 01242 776000.