Fundraising superstars are set to be honoured in the inaugural Derian House Corporate Challenge Awards.
A glittering ceremony will see businesses from across the North West handed awards for the weird and wonderful ways in which they have raised money for the children’s charity this year.
More than 30 businesses took part in the £50 Corporate Challenge, launched in February, which saw them given £50 and set the task of turning it into as much money as possible.
They certainly lived up to their promises, with more than £30,000 being 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)!
The ceremony will take place on Friday, 27 September, at the Sales Geek Bunker in Altham, East Lancashire, where attendees will enjoy a barbecue, beers and games.
Abi Williamson, Corporate Partnership Manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice said: “When we launched the £50 Corporate Challenge back in February we had no idea the lengths our fabulous business supporters would go to in order to raise money for our children. We have been absolutely blown away by their creativity, humour and sheer determination and it’s been wonderful to see such a variety of different ideas.
“This is the first year of the £50 Corporate Challenge fundraising event and with more than £30,000 raised, we’re really proud to have reached such a brilliant total. We plan to repeat the challenge next year and we’d love even more businesses to get involved to support their local children’s hospice.”
Derian House offers respite and end-of-life-care for more than 400 children and young people from across the North West. It costs more than £4 million every year to run services, and yet Derian House receives less than 10 per cent of its funding from statutory sources, having to rely on the generosity of its supporters for the remaining 90 per cent.
THE SHORTLIST: Corporate Challenge Awards Finalists 2019
Above and Beyond Award
Jets GPS: Runners Fiona and Katie pasted the London Marathon when they ran the race dressed as a tooth and toothpaste and set a new Guinness World Record. The company also got their contacts involved to host a fantastic netball tournament.
Chameleon: Held a fabulous Spring Fayre at The Laurels at Charnock including a brilliant Easter Egg hunt for children. They also swung into action hosting a corporate golf day.
Media Village: A hair-raising way to make money was demonstrated by employee Ross Chamberlain who shaved his head and flowing beard whilst being cheered on by the rest of the staff.
Bind Studio: Held two silent art auctions with works donated by celebrated artists including Bake Off’s Noel Fielding.
KJ Fire: Not only did this family-run business take part in a bike ride from Manchester to Blackpool, scale the Lake District Three Peaks and run the Sydney 10k, they also held a midsummer party night to raise money.
Findel: Chest waxing gone wrong!
Media Village: Ross braves the shave (‘Chief Hugger’ Ross aka Rapunzel went for the chop)
Fulfilment Crowd: Employees got their own back and paid to chuck wet sponges at their managers – what good sports!
Most Creative Award
Bind Studio: Two auctions of stunning artwork by celebrated artists based on the theme of memories.
Right Direction Marketing: Talented photographer Roger England took a stunning photo of a flower from the garden at Derian House. Jessops printed it and Roger sold tickets to raffle the canvas.
Iced Graphic: The firm created their very own fantasy football league from scratch.
Huntapac: Raised money and educated the public at the same time at their Open Farm Day.
Findel: A whole host of events from ‘pay a pound to park’ day at work to coffee mornings, car washes and even the fabulous duvet day raffle in the office.
Social Media Award
Fulfilment Crowd: The team here love a Boomerang and plastered their social media with the comedy videos! They also told the world about their fundraising FIFA tournaments, raffle and a sponge-throw.
Media Village: The video of Ross braving the shave was posted across LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Findel: Excellent promotion of all their fundraising events.
Handelsbanken: Held a coffee morning with a difference including pictures of all the cakes and sweet treats to lure in the customers.
Chameleon: Smashed social media with pictures of stall holders at their Spring Fayre, excellent sponsorship of each hole at the golf day and a dedication to sharing Derian House posts.
Nybble: Scored a blinder with their 12-hour football challenge and family fun day in Blackburn.
Utiligroup: Staff went above and beyond to scale the Three Peaks.
Jets GPS: These hot shots held a netball marathon and got everyone involved.
Service Care Solutions: The gruelling Three Peaks was no challenge for these guys.
Vincents Solicitors: Challenged themselves competing in an ‘It’s a Knock Out’ tournament.
LFP Consultants: The guys racked up the miles with their step challenge that saw staff promising to undertake a mile-a-day. One dedicated employee even walked round Berlin while on their holiday.
Commitment to the Cause Award
KJ Fire: Held a fantastic midsummer party with live music and food.
Genesis IT: Spread the word about Derian’s good work at business expos, while taking donations for the cause.
Right Direction Marketing: Roger’s stunning flower picture (see above)
Bind Studio: The fantastic silent auctions (see above)
Frederick’s Ice cream: Held a fabulous ‘Meet the Players Day’ with stars from Chorley Football Club.
Thermofisher: Held a successful raffle and a host of office events.
There will also be special awards for the most entrepreneurial fundraising idea, for the highest total raised in the challenge, and special recognition awards from Derian House and sponsor Sales Geek.