Wednesday, February 10, 2016

News: 120 sign up for Master Cutler's Challenge

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120 South Yorkshire companies, organisations and individuals – including Sheffield art legend Joe Scarborough – have signed up for the Master Cutler's Challenge 2016, making this the biggest since the competition was launched in 2008.

All they have to do now is take a £50 investment and do everything in their power to see it grown and raise money for Master Cutler Craig McKay's two nominated charities, St Luke's Hospice in Sheffield and Rotherham Hospice.

The annual fundraising extravaganza was officially launched with a celebration event at the historic Cutlers' Hall in Sheffield city centre last week, where participating companies received their £50 stake in a specially branded Henderson's Relish bottle.

Mr McKay, the CEO of Rotherham engineering firm Evenort Ltd, chose the two hospices in recognition of the work they do supporting not just patients with terminal illnesses but also their families.

"I have been overwhelmed by the response to this year’s challenge and am delighted to be able to say that we have a record number of entries," said Mr McKay.

"We all have a stake in the wellbeing of these charities and I can think of no better way to invest in that than to take part in this year’s Master Cutler’s Challenge.

"With the degree of talent and the level of enthusiasm we already have on board, all the indications are that the next record we break will be the amount of money we have raised by the time the challenge reaches its climax!"

The Master Cutler's Challenge was launched in 2008, when the Master Cutler for that year, Gordon Bridge from AESSEAL in Rotherham, invited companies to transform a £50 investment into as much charity fundraising as possible.

Every year has seen the event grow – more than 500 companies have taken part to date, raising in excess of £1m for a range of charities.

Master Cutler's Challenge website

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