Wednesday, December 2, 2015

News: Master Cutler’s Challenge 2016


Businesses across the Sheffield city region are being urged to take up the challenge of supporting two of South Yorkshire's best loved charities.

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.

And in 2016 Master Cutler Craig McKay is aiming to see more businesses than ever before take up the challenge of raising money for his chosen organisations, St Luke;s Hospice in Sheffield and Rotherham Hospice.

Each organisation which accepts the challenge is given £50 and challenged to use their talents, skills and entrepreneurial flair to grow this amount, raising as much money as possible over the next few months. The Challenge culminates in a final celebration event at the historic Cutler's Hall.

Master Cutler Craig McKay, the CEO of Rotherham engineering firm Evenort Ltd, said: "Not only is the Master Cutler's Challenge a landmark annual event for many local businesses but in 2016 it supports two charities very dear to us all.

"The impact of the work done by St Luke's and Rotherham Hospice touches so many and one day it might even mean something to us all very personally.

"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.

"I'm really determined that together we make this the biggest, most successful challenge to date.

"For me the challenge is about more than raising funds – there's so much to gain from taking part as individuals, as businesses and as a business community too.

"Besides, it shows the world what we're made of here – grit, dedication and good humour!"

An official Master Cutler's Challenge launch will be held at the Cutler's Hall on February 4 but companies are already being encouraged to sign up and get the ball rolling.

Master Cutler's Challenge website

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