PROSPER MAGAZINE: ISSUE 02 | SECTOR FOCUS
CHAMBER CHAMPIONS BLACK COUNTRY ACORNS HOSPICE APPEAL
Former Black Country Chamber President, Julie Cunningham, along with Nella Share and Robin Tong from MET Recruitment, and Ruth Serrell and Emma Templeton from Plumbing World, handed over a cheque for almost £6,000 towards the Save Acorns Black Country Children’s Hospice Appeal in November.
The money, raised at the recent Black Country Chamber Awards, was the culmination of donations from guests on the evening and the amazing generosity of Chamber members, MET Recruitment, charity sponsor on the evening, who donated £1,000, and Plumbing World, who generously matched the amount raised on the evening.
Urgent funds are still needed to help save the Walsall based hospice, which provides a lifeline for local life-limited and life-threatened children and their families.
Nella Share from MET Recruitment said, “We have always been a small business with a big heart, charity and giving back to the local community has always been at the centre of everything we do and it’s so important to us to fulfil our corporate and social responsibilities by working with local charities that really need our help.”
Ruth Serrell, of Rowley Regis based Plumbing World, said, “We chose to match the amount raised on the evening as we feel it is an incredibly good cause. I have worked in the hospice sector and they rely so heavily on the goodwill of the community and their fundraising initiatives.”
The Save Acorns Black Country Hospice Appeal was launched by Acorns in July 2019 as the proposed closure of its hospice in Walsall was put on hold following pledges of additional NHS support, that should ensure the hospice is adequately funded from 2023/24 onwards. The Appeal sets out to raise £2million over the next two years.
Vicki Rowles, Head of Fundraising at Acorns, said: “What a fantastic amount! Thank you to everyone who donated in support of Acorns and our Black Country Hospice Appeal. This wonderful sum will help us get another step closer to our £2million fundraising target as we continue the fight to safeguard the longer-term future of Acorns hospice in the Black Country. Every penny counts and thanks to generous donations like this, we’re hopeful that we will reach our goal.”
INTERNATIONAL EVENT DIARY
PAYCARE’S FUNDRAISING BRINGS OVER £17K TO LOCAL CAUSES
Paycare, the not-for-profit Health Cash Plan, is celebrating collective success after raising over £17,000 for good causes in the region.
Paycare’s MyGiving scheme saw each of its 32 employees provided with £250 which they could either donate directly to a cause of their choice or use to amplify an existing fundraising initiative.
In just seven months, the team has raised £17,171.41 which has been shared with various organisations including Project GIVE, The Good Shepherd Ministry, and Bliss Baby Charity.