Businesses from across the North West raised almost £36,000 for children with life-limiting conditions, as part of the first-ever Derian House £50 Corporate Challenge.
A total of 22 firms were honoured for their fantastic fundraising efforts at an awards night held at the Sales Geek Bunker in Altham, East Lancashire, on Friday night.
The challenge, launched in February, saw each business given £50 and set the task of turning it into as much money as possible.
The enterprising companies certainly lived up to their promises, with a total of £35,816 raised for the hospice which offers respite and end-of-life care for more than 400 children and young people from across the North West.
The challenge has seen chests waxed, heads shaved and mountains scaled. One company even set a Guinness World Record when friends Fiona May Beaty and Katie Simpson ran the London Marathon while dressed as a tooth and toothpaste (fastest marathon dressed as a toiletry item – female)!
Overall winners of the night were staff from Chameleon Financial Planning, who raised an impressive £7,021 with their Spring Fayre, Easter Egg hunt and corporate golf day.
Gurdit Singh, Director of Chameleon, said: “The corporate challenge was fantastic for team-building. Getting everybody involved in events in the community has really given them a sense of fulfilment and pride.
“We’re thrilled to win and see that all our hard work paid off. Now we’re busy coming up with new ideas to try to win it again next year!”
The Corporate Challenge Awards saw businesses coming together for a celebration of their efforts, with beer, a barbecue and networking.
It was also a chance to watch videos of the weird and wonderful ways in which each firm raised cash for the hospice.
Abi Williamson, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We were absolutely overwhelmed at how the businesses took the idea and ran with it. The variety of different ways they have got behind the challenge has been wonderful to watch and we’re over the moon at the total raised. This will make a real difference to our families at Derian House.”
Richard Few, Founder and Chief Geek at Sales Geek, said: “We decided to get involved after visiting Derian House. I don’t think you can walk around the hospice and not feel compelled afterwards to want to help in some way. It was fantastic to see the number of people who have got involved and the amount of money raised. It’s been great for the businesses themselves and all for a great cause.”
WINNERS: Corporate Challenge Awards 2019
£50 Challenge Winner – Chameleon Financial Planning
Raised more than £7,000 with their Spring Fayre, Easter egg hunt and gigantic raffle. They also held a corporate golf day.
Above and Beyond Award – Jets GPS
Went the extra mile when two of the team ran the London Marathon dressed as a tooth and toothbrush and managed to bag a Guinness World Record in the process! They also recruited other local businesses to take part in their netball tournament.
Most Entrepreneurial – System Hygiene
Used their £50 to buy a pitch at a local car boot sale and also dabbled with football cards across the office and got colleagues to fill Smarties tubes with £1 coins.
LOL Award – Media Village
For employee Ross’s hilarious video “braving the shave”
Most Creative – Bind Studio
Bind held two auctions of stunning artwork by celebrated artists, including Great British Bake Off’s Noel Fielding.
Social Media Superstars – fulfilmentcrowd
The team at fulfilmentcrowd plastered their social media with comedy pictures videos to tell the world about their fundraising FIFA tournaments, raffles and a sponge-throw.
Commitment to the Cause – K J Fire Safety
There was nothing these guys wouldn’t tackle. They held a fantastic midsummer party with live music and food, scaled the Lake District three peaks, took part in the Morecambe Bay Walk, and one person even took on a 10k hike in Sydney, Australia! And they’ve not finished yet, with a five-day trek up the Andes mountains in Peru planned.
Endurance Award – Nybble
Nybble scored a blinder with their 12-hour football challenge and family fun day in Blackburn.
Derian House Special Recognition Award – Service Care Solutions
The loyal supporters of Derian House held a barbecue, bake sale and staff took part in the three peaks challenge.
Sales Geek Special Recognition Award – Findel Education
Findel stood out for both the amount of events they held and their unique fundraising ideas, including a charity car wash, sponsored silence, duvet day auction, £1 parking for the day, takeaway lunch for everyone and office raffles.