Friday, September 27, 2013

News: Region's businesses rise to charity challenges


The Mistress Cutler's Challenge came to an end earlier this month and with more still to come in, the total raised so far is over an outstanding £167,000.

The new twist on the annual Master Cutler's Challenge; one of the biggest, most well-known and exciting fundraising events in the Sheffield City Region saw more than 70 businesses and community groups from across the region accept the challenge. Using a £50 loan and their talents, skills and entrepreneurial flair to grow this amount they raised as much money as possible in just a few months.

This year, the challenge is supporting the Make it Better appeal that aims to raise £20m in the next three years to support the £40m transformation of The Children's Hospital, Sheffield.

The top fundraising team was from global law firm DLA Piper who raised £8739.64 through their Monopoly Challenge and cookbook. Former Master Cutler Gordon Bridge, a director of AESSEAL, and wife Janet were runners up to the challenge.

Julie MacDonald, the Mistress Cutler, said: "I am absolutely overwhelmed by the fantastic total we have managed to raise to support such a wonderful cause."

Also taking place recently, Junior Chamber International (JCI) members took part in a national campaign to collect sub-standard bras that can be recycled to raise cash for Flamingo Foundation projects. Members of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber's Women in Business Group have handed over more than 80 bras to JCI Barnsley and a bra bank est up by Fiona Silvester, membership director at JCI and owner of Alexandra's Café in Rotherham, collected 1,050 bras in total.

Rotherham cycle importer and retailer, Planet X, sponsored the 65 Roses Holme Moss Classic last weekend that saw 300 cyclists embark on a sportive starting next to its premises at Magna (pictured, right). The 65 mile ride followed part of the route for the Tour de France's Grand Depart that takes place in Yorkshire next year to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Also getting on their bikes recently were 14 staff from JCT600 (pictured, below)who raised £2,342 for York & District Against Motor Neurone Disease (YAMND) in support of a colleague who was recently diagnosed with this debilitating condition.
The mammoth charity challenge entailed cycling past JCT600's 14 Volkswagen dealerships across Yorkshire, the Humber, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, covering 247 miles in just two days.

James Warne, head of business for JCT600 Volkswagen York, said: "It was a fantastic effort from the team which was made up of staff from our Volkswagen dealerships in York, Hull and Rotherham, as well as a director from our head office in Bradford.

"Our original aim was to raise £1,000 for the charity, but the generosity of our colleagues, customers and friends has meant that we've far exceeded this target."

Mistress Cutler's Challenge website
Planet X website
JCT600 website

Images: The Children’s Hospital Charity / Planet X / JCT600


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