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Can your company rise to the £50 Challenge in 2017?
04 January 2017

GKN AerospaceGKN Aerospace Filton and Western Approach have been raising funds for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) by rising to the £50 challenge!

CHSW’s £50 Challenge is all about companies using their business skills and innovation to generate as much money as possible for the charity. CHSW provides the initial £50 start-up investment and then it’s over to your company to raise as much as it can. This is a great way for people to put their business brain and money-making acumen to the test to grow this amount as much as legally and ethically possible.

The team that raises the most each calendar year will be honoured with the CHSW £50 Challenge trophy!

CHSW provided the GKN fundraising team with a £50 start-up investment and they had three months to turn it into a bigger sum. The GKN fundraising team consisted of Ashley Cox, Josh Connor, Georgia Rowbury, Laurence MacSwan, David Pomphrey, Leon Hasson and Natasha Dawes, all of whom worked hard to raise over £4,842 for the worthy cause by partaking in a variety of fundraising activities which included a doughnut sale, a 3-hour Fitness challenge and a site wide raffle.

Josh Connor, a member of the GKN fundraising team said, “Taking part in the challenge was a really enjoyable experience. Working in such a good team made the task even better and we were lucky to have so many committed and generous people taking part in our money making schemes!” 

The GKN fundraising team visited CHSW’s Charlton Farm in Wraxall to see how the funds raised would support local children and families. Josh said, “It was wonderful to visit the hospice and see how fantastic it was and that all the money raised was going to be used in such a positive way.”

Janey Hellmen, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser at CHSW said, “We’re very grateful to the GKN team who really embraced this challenge and raised a huge amount by the end of the three months. We’re not sure if anyone can top the amount raised, but we’d urge companies to give it a go!”.

If your company is interested in taking on The £50 Challenge for CHSW, visit www.chsw.org.uk/50challenge

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

Graphic PLC wins Old Mill’s £50 Devon Business Challenge in support of Children’s Hospice South West
11 July 2016

Graphic PLC winnersChildren’s Hospice South West is delighted that the recent Devon round of its £50 Challenge has raised £12,350.60 with winning team Graphic PLC, from Crediton, raising a fantastic £3,700!

The Graphic PLC team was announced as winners at a special awards evening held at the Exeter offices of Old Mill Accountants, sponsors of this year’s challenge, and they said: ‘Graphic PLC is delighted to have won CHSW’s £50 Challenge, especially as it is the charity’s 25th Anniversary.

The fundraising really pulled the team together, as well as the wider Crediton community, and we had great fun running 14 events over the 3 month period. Children’s Hospice South West is a wonderful charity and we were motivated with our fundraising right to the end.’

The £50 Challenge is a very simple fundraising initiative whereby companies are each presented with £50 and given three months to do whatever they can to turn that investment into greater funds for the charity.

This year’s challenge has been sponsored by Exeter based accountants and financial planners, Old Mill and Mark Neath, Old Mill Director said: ‘We are both honoured and delighted to be involved in helping such a worthy cause. People are often cynical about corporate involvement in charity but the £50 challenge sees ordinary staff from local businesses and business professionals making great efforts raising funds and having fun at same time.’

Graphic Design PLC was one of nine companies competing to win the Devon challenge and its fundraising initiatives included a ‘Graphic Gig’ with local acoustic singers, a netball match between ‘Offices’ and ‘Shop Floor’, as well as a cake sale around the Crediton Industrial Estate where the company is based.

Other companies taking part in the Devon challenge included: Helmores Estate Agents (who were pipped at the post into second place), Taste of the West, RGB Recruitment and Everys Solicitors.The £50 Challenge is an ongoing initiative, and sponsors Old Mill are looking to run another challenge for Devon companies later this year.

It’s a fun way to show corporate support of the charity and for details as to how your company can get involved, either visit www.chsw.org.uk/50challenge, or call CHSW corporate fundraiser, Naomi Dymond on 01271 325270.

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

Lawyers swap books for brushes for Children’s Hospice South West
23 May 2016

A team of entrepreneurial young lawyers at Stephens Scown have embarked on a range of creative business ventures to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) as they compete with other local businesses in “The £50 Challenge”.

Each team is given an initial £50 to invest over a period of three months in order to raise as much money as possible. Teams are encouraged to be as innovative as possible, with all proceeds going to support children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

The team at the office in Exeter are currently halfway through their fundraising window.

Team captain Dan Partridge said: "We attended a £50 Challenge launch event hosted by CHSW and sponsors Old Mill and were inspired to try and think of innovative ways to raise money and enter into the entrepreneurial spirit of the event".

"We’ve been really impressed by the range of ideas that staff have generated. These have included restoring and selling furniture, hosting a bike-swap event, running a sealed bid auction and putting lunchtime language refresher classes to get staff ready for their summer holidays. Not everything has worked but we’ve enjoyed the process of planning and implementing our ideas and it’s been a great learning experience."

Trainee solicitor Harriet Wigmore has overseen the furniture restoration project. Harriet said: "It’s been great to do something practical together and spend time working with colleagues outside of the office.

"We’ve had very generous donations of furniture from members of staff and other items have been sourced locally. After several weeks of hard work we’re now starting to sell the furniture. I’m looking forward to seeing how much we can raise!"

You can find out more about the £50 Challenge and see a current leader-board by visiting the CHSW £50 Challenge website, here.

Source: Stephens Scown

 

It's all happening at the Cider Works in June...
21 May 2016

Sandford Orchards are getting the local businesses involved in their fundraising!

They will be holding a charity darts championship on the 10th of June at The Cider Works, teams are invited to pay £5 per head to take part with all the proceeds going into the pot for their team total.

They are also planning a few other little games throughout the evening as well as asking companies to sponsor the barrels of cider they are providing with the profits from these also going to Children’s Hospice!

There will be a BBQ on the evening for all the spectators and well-wishers to indulge in. – Sounds like great fun!
Good luck Sandford Orchards!

Source: Children's Hospice South West

Taste of the West
20 May 2016

Taste of the West have wowed their audience yet again with their prize winning hampers!

They have managed to raise another £61.40 at the Taste of the West Food and Drink Product Award judging.

It’s hardly surprising that they did so well when you see this fantastic hamper…

Source: Old Mill

 

 

Helmores hold bake sale to fundraise
15 May 2016

HelmoresLots of home-made cakes, buns and biscuits loaded the stall when a cake stall to raise funds for the Children’s Hospice South West was set up outside Helmores estate agents at Crediton last Saturday morning. It is 25 years since the founding of the first Children’s Hospice at Barnstaple.

There are now three in the South West and one part of the celebrations is the installation of handmade butterflies in each of the Hospice gardens until the end of September.

Another is the £50 Challenge and the cake stall on Saturday was part of the that. It is a fundraising initiative by the Hospice to encourage businesses across Devon to compete using their business heads, to turn the £50 into funds for the charity while raising awareness.

The stall was organised by Julie Bevan of Helmores and Jenny Wreford with the help of the Helmores Team and friends. There was also the teddy bear looking for a name. This competition will continue with the bear in the Helmores office.

Julie told the Courier: “We raised a magnificent total of £339 altogether. Thanks to the Helmores team and their friends and family for the wonderful cakes that they made for us.

“Thanks also to Jackie Nott, her daughter Charlotte, Hayden Leach, Joseph and Charlotte Wreford and Sandy Eakers, who did a grand job helping Jenny and myself sell the cakes on the day.”

Helmores will also be holding an Office Cake Run on Tuesday, May 31, calling at all High Street offices with home-made cakes - and a donation bucket. On Saturday, June 4, they will be at the Farmers’ Market with a mystery game and a chance to win vouchers.

On June 11 there is to be a coffee morning at 8 Dulings Meadow, Copplestone and on June 26, they will be at the car boot sale at Exeter Livestock Centre.

To donate to the Helmores fundraising efforts, follow them on Facebook or Twitter or go to the Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/HelmoresCHSW.

Source: Crediton Courier

 

Taste of the West takes up the challenge for CHSW
11 February 2016

Taste of the WestExeter based Taste of the West, the South West’s regional food group, has signed up for Children’s Hospice South West’s £50 challenge in a double celebration of not only its own anniversary, but also 25 years of the charity.

Emma Grainger, Hospitality Awards Co-ordinator at Taste of the West, said: "The fact that 2016 marks the 25th Anniversary of both Taste of the West and Children’s Hospice South West, it seemed to make perfect sense to adopt them as our charity of the year.

"The £50 Challenge is just one of a series of fundraising initiatives that we hope to do this year to help raise money and awareness of this special charity."

"To start with there will be hampers laden with South West award winning produce to be won and the first of these will be available at Source, the Taste of the West trade show at Westpoint on 10th and 11th February.

The £50 challenge is designed to test business skills, and this year’s challenge has been kindly sponsored by Old Mill Accountants of Exeter.

Naomi Dymond, corporate fundraiser for the hospice said: "The £50 challenge is such a simple way for companies to support us. The idea is to take an initial investment of £50, provided by us, and see what you can turn it into.

"It’s a challenge that invites wacky ideas from sponsored men’s leg waxes to dress-down days. And with our online Leaderboard, it creates a really competitive arena with companies trying to outdo one another.

"As it is our 25th Anniversary this year, we’re hoping that we can encourage even more companies to take part, and we can’t wait to see what ideas this year’s challenge brings!"

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) has offered help and support to thousands of life-limited children and their families over its 25 years. It costs are over £8million each year to run its three hospices in the region. As this funding is met almost entirely from voluntary donations, fundraising initiatives such as the £50 Challenge are vital to ensure CHSW can continue to provide its services into the future.

If your company would like to join Taste of the West in the £50 challenge, either visit www.chsw.org.uk/50challenge or email naomi.dymond@chsw.org.uk

Source: Exeter Daily

 

CHSW £50 Challenge champions Old Mill to sponsor 25th Anniversary challenge
11 January 2016

Old Mill Accountants and Financial PlannersWest Country accountants and financial planners Old Mill are sponsoring Children’s Hospice South West’s 2016 £50 challenge in a bid to raise £25,000 for the North Devon based charity.

The £50 Challenge is an annual event where local businesses compete against each other to turn a £50 start-up investment into as much money as they can over a three month time frame – April to June – with all money raised going directly to Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

Old Mill – who are the current record holders – will fund the £50 start up investment for all teams taking part, co-ordinate the challenge itself and are organising a launch event on January 28th.

In 2014, Old Mill’s winning team turned their £50 into £5,772 by running a number of money raising events including a cake sale, cheese tasting evening and sponsored waxing of staff. As 2016 marks CHSW’s 25 year anniversary, Old Mill hopes to get 25 teams involved to make this year the most successful yet.

Mark Neath, Director at Old Mill and part of last year’s winning team, said: “The £50 Challenge is a great event which encourages local businesses to put their business brains and money-making acumen to the test. It encourages people in different teams and roles to work together share their ideas and engage with the wider business community. Above all else though, CHSW is an amazing charity and really does deserve all the support it can get.”

Naomi Dymond, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser, at CHSW’s Little Bridge House in Exeter said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Old Mill sponsoring the £50 Challenge in this, our 25th Anniversary year. The whole team have been fantastic supporters of CHSW since they won the challenge in 2014, when they raised an incredible £5,772!

“We rely almost entirely on voluntary donations, so without amazing companies like Old Mill we simply couldn’t continue to be there for life-limited children and their families in the South West. Thank you, from us all. We can’t wait to see what weird and wonderful fundraising ideas this year’s challengers come up with!”

Mark concluded: “Try the £50 Challenge in your business – the challenge will take on a life of its own and it is fascinating to see who comes to the fore and drives it forward.”

To find out more about how to get involved in the £50 Challenge, contact visit www.chsw.org.uk/50challenge or email corporate@chsw.org.uk

Source: Old Mill Group, The Exeter Daily

 

Bristol law firm to take on The £50 Challenge
12 May 2015

Gregg Latchams Solicitors and NotariesGregg Latchams in Bristol is kick-staring its Charity of the Year partnership with Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) by vying to make the most money from an initial investment of £50.

Backed by business entrepreneur Deborah Meaden, The £50 Challenge urges businesses to think as creatively as possible and use all their acumen to invest the money and turn it into a much bigger amount in just three months.  

Julian Pyrke, Director of Gregg Latchams and Head of the Charity Committee, says: “Gregg Latchams is pleased to be taking part in The £50 challenge for CHSW. Our first idea for the challenge is to run a tuck shop for the staff as we have a few sweet tooth’s in the firm!”  

CHSW is encouraging other local professionals and budding entrepreneurs to take on The £50 Challenge as every penny raised goes towards helping support life-limited children and their families in Bristol and surrounding areas.

Janey Hellmen, Corporate Fundraiser at CHSW says “Gregg Latchams has been working with CHSW on an ongoing basis by offering our supporters a free will-writing service so it is great to have the entire team on-board for a year of dedicated fundraising and support.  What better way to launch the partnership than with The £50 Challenge!  Thanks to Gregg Latchams for helping to make the most of short and precious lives here in Bristol.”  

If you are interested in getting a team together from your business to take part in The £50 Challenge, please visit www.chsw.org.uk/the50challenge, call 01275 866 600 or email corporate@chsw.org.uk

£50 Challenge raises £15,000 for Children's Hospice South West
07 January 2015

£50 Challenge raises £15,000 for CHSWCompanies competed tor raise funds for Children’s Hospice South West in the £50 Challenge, sponsored by Exeter-based law firm Ashfords LLP.

Teams had to generate as much money as possible within a 10-week period from a start-up investment of £50.
Fundraising events ranged from silent auctions to frock swaps and even leg waxing. Overall the challenge raised more than £15,000.

Ashfords entered five teams from across its various offices, raising more than £5,000 in total. Other businesses involved included Somerset College and Optix Solutions.

Stuart Mathews, partner at Ashfords, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for a very worthy cause. Every penny raised has gone direct to Children’s Hospice South West, to help and support children living with life-limiting conditions and their families across the South West.”

Staff at Old Mill ran a number of events to raise cash; they started the challenge by using the £50 to buy cake ingredients and holding a bake sale. Other events included a cheese tasting evening and a sponsored waxing.

The sponsored wax, which raised over £700 towards the total, involved all the male members of staff; colleagues bid on who they wanted to get waxed by donating on a Just Giving site and the top three had their legs or chest waxed.
The biggest fundraiser was a charity auction, which raised more than £4,000. Local firms donated prizes, including Land Rover Experience Honiton, who donated a half day experience for two. The highest bid was £600 for a day yachting, which was donated by one of the Old Mill partners.

Mark Neath, head of the Exeter office and one of the waxing victims along with colleagues James Fowler and Barry Martin, said: “It was a real team effort – everyone helped think of the ideas and make them happen. There were a few we didn’t do – like bring your dog to work day – we felt with new carpets, it probably wasn’t a good idea.”

Old Mill staff were also very generous with their own donations, with some of the men caught up in a bidding war to try and make sure they didn’t get waxed.

Mark added: “I’m absolutely delighted with the amount we raised, staggered actually, it’s a huge achievement. The generosity of local businesses in donating prizes for the charity auction was amazing.

“Our team were brilliant too, everyone came together to do their bit and we had so much fun with the events. I would recommend other firms to get involved, it has been great for team spirit.”

Source:  Exeter Express & Echo

South West firms raise £15,000 for children's charity with £50 Challenge
19 December 2014

South West firms raise £15,000 for CHSW in charity challengeA charity business challenge has helped raise more than £15,000 for a good cause.

The £50 Challenge, sponsored by Exeter-based Ashfords LLP, saw a number of South West companies competing against one another to raise funds for Children's Hospice South West.

Working in partnership with CHSW, Ashfords set up the £50 Business Challenge, a one-off fundraising initiative to encourage businesses in the South West to compete against one another to generate as much money as possible within a 10-week period from a start-up investment of £50.

Ashfords funded the initiative so that rather than asking for money, Children's Hospice South West gave a £50 start-up investment to each participating team.

To be successful, teams had to use their initiative and creativity to think of new and exciting ways to turn the investment into a profit. Fundraising events ranged from silent auctions to frock swaps and even leg waxing.

Ashfords ran a league table so the teams could see how they measured up against their peers.

South West accountants and financial planners Old Mill won the £50 Challenge, managing to raise an incredible £5,772.40, the highest amount of money ever raised in any £50 Challenge for Children's Hospice South West.

AC Mole & Sons came second raising an impressive £2,314.29 and Bishop Fleming came third.

Ashfords entered five teams from across its various offices who collectively raised in excess of £5,000.

Stuart Mathews, partner at Ashfords said: "This is a fantastic achievement for a very worthy cause.

“Every penny raised has gone direct to Children's Hospice South West, to help and support children living with life-limiting conditions and their families across the South West.”

Source:  Western Morning News

Coastline Housing Come Up Trumps
22 October 2014

Coastline Housing take on the £50 ChallengeCoastline Housing, an independent not for profit housing association based in Redruth have shown they can be very business savvy after very successfully completing a charity business challenge.

A team from Coastline Housing have just completed Children’s Hospice South West’s (CHSW) The £50 Challenge and raised £555.20 for the local children’s charity in the process.

After aptly naming their team ‘Ice Ice Baby’ they were given £50 by CHSW and asked to reinvest the money and make as much money out of that £50 as possible in three months.

Ice Ice Baby took to the supermarkets and stocked up on ice creams for the summer months and then sold them on to staff in their offices who made donations. A creative and seasonal way to keep their colleagues motivated at work through those warm summer afternoons.

Richard Bettison, Head of Financial Reporting & Control and Team Captain of Ice Ice Baby said:

The Finance and Performance team at Coastline have a bit of a reputation for having a sweet tooth, and we thought how great it would be if we had ice cream available in the office for the whole of summer. The support throughout the business has been fantastic, keen customers included our Director of Finance and certain members of our Development team, we also had one of the ‘ICE ICE BABY’ team members that tried her hand rather successfully to making fresh ice cream! We felt like we provided a really great service and I am thankful for the team members who gave up their spare time to help raise money for the children!

Bernadette Chambers, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for CHSW was delighted to receive the donation from Ice Ice Baby.  Bernadette said:

The team from Coastline Housing have done so well with this challenge. They had a very inventive and simple idea which they could involve many of their colleagues with and their work has paid off and they have raised a substantial amount for our hospice. Thank you to everyone for getting involved in the ice cream breaks in the office!

CHSW support children with life limiting illnesses, who will sadly not live to adulthood, and their families through their three hospices in the South West including Little Harbour in St Austell. CHSW offers respite stays, palliative care, emergency stays, end of life care and bereavement support and are supporting families from diagnosis right through to end of life. 

If you think that your work place could get a team together to take part in The £50 Challenge and if you would like to set yourself the challenge to beat Coastline Housing’s £555 donation then call Little Harbour on 01726 871 800 for more information about The £50 Challenge and to get involved. 

Source:  Children's Hospice South West

Ashfords LLP invite other businesses to take on the 50 Challenge for CHSW
19 September 2014

Ashfords Solicitors take on the £50 Challenge for CHSWOne of the Westcountry’s largest law firms has thrown the gauntlet to businesses in the region to raise as much money as they can for a good cause.

Ashfords LLP and Children's Hospice South West are challenging companies to take the £50 they are giving away and create as big a return for the children’s charity.

The £50 Challenge encourages businesses in the South West to compete against one another with the aim of generating as much money as possible from a start-up investment of £50 within a 10 week period.

Exeter-headquartered Ashfords is sponsoring the event so that rather than companies and individuals giving money to charity, Children's Hospice South West will give £50 to you.

Every penny people raise as part of the challenge will go direct to CHSW, to help support children living with life-limiting conditions and their families across the South West.

Stuart Mathews, a partner in Ashfords' corporate and commercial team, said to be successful in the £50 Challenge, the contending teams will need to use their initiative and creativity to think of new ways to turn the investment into a profit.

Ashfords has already raised in excess of £30,000 for Children's Hospice South West since January since the hospice was chosen as the firm’s charity of the year.

Mr Matthews said: “The £50 Challenge is a real opportunity to develop business skills, encourage teamwork and foster creative thinking.

“We are proud to be the sponsor of this initiative in support of Children’s Hospice South West."

The £50 Challenge has found a supporter in Dragons’ Den Deborah Meaden who said: "It’s the perfect way to put your team’s entrepreneurial skills to the test whilst also raising money for a fantastic local cause.

“To be successful in this challenge you’ll have to be innovative and have the confidence to re-invest.

“Engaging with the community is so important for companies to look outward and do some real good - and you will feel great about the business as a result."

The deadline for people to enter is Monday September 29.

Pictured:  Stuart Mathews, partner at Ashfords and Naomi Dymond, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for Children's Hospice South West launching the £50 Challenge in aid of the charity.

For more information contact 50poundchallenge@ashfords.co.uk.

Source:  Western Morning News

The £50 Challenge - New team in the leaderboard!
05 December 2013

The £50 Challenge - New team on the leaderboard!
Breaking news!  We have a new team in the leader board for The £50 Challenge!

The Wrington Ladies were up for the challenge and managed to turn their £50 start-up cash into £715.19 in just 3 months putting them in third place on our leader board.  

Their tactics included a lottery, street collections in Bristol and a bucking bronco event.

Think you have what it takes to beat them?  

Register your team today >>

 

Solicitors take the £50 Challenge
05 December 2013


Solicitors take The £50 ChallengeMembers of Brewer Harding & Rowe's staff liaison group prepare for the £50 Challenge in aid of Children’s Hospice South West.

Staff at a firm of North Devon solicitors have set themselves the challenge of turning £50 into a pile of cash for Children’s Hospice South West.

Teams at Brewer Harding & Rowe offices in Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton and Ilfracombe will be trying to outdo each other with a series of fundraisers during the next three months. 

The hospice has provided the initial investment and then it’s up to staff to put their entrepreneurial and money making skills to the test.

Practise manager Wendy Johnson said staff would be busy holding raffles, quizzes and selling ‘snack packs’ over the coming weeks.

Naomi Dymond, corporate partnerships fundraiser for the children’s hospice, said: “We are really excited about Brewer Harding & Rowe’s offices taking on our £50 challenge.

“We’re expecting the competition to be fairly fierce between the four offices.”

The charity’s corporate challenge has been backed by renowned entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den investor Deborah Meaden and other local businesses are invited to get involved.

The £50 Challenge - Find Out More >>Businesswoman Deborah, who lives in Somerset, said: “It is easy when times get hard to just worry about business on a day-to-day basis and look inward.  “Engaging with the community is so important for companies to look outward and do some real good – and you will feel great about the business too as a result.  “It’s a wonderful thing to be able to come together and get motivated to do something fun, and out of that fun comes good. It’s not just about handing money over, it’s about telling the story of Children’s Hospice South West and it is so important for people to know there is this amazing place.”

Does your business have what it takes to convert your £50 into big money for Children’s Hospice South West?

Click here to find out more, watch a special video message from Deborah Meaden, and download a registration pack.

Crowdfunder take part in The £50 Challenge
07 October 2013


Crowdfunder, a Cornish Company, have set up #50poundchallenge with the support of lots of our past project owners and supporters, who have all offered some amazing rewards, to hope to raise as much as possible for the charity.

Here's what they have to say about the challenge:

 

Deborah calls on firms to take up the £50 Challenge
21 August 2013


Deborah Meaden Proudly Supporting The £50 ChallengeEntrepreneur and Dragons' Den investor Deborah Meaden has given her backing to a new corporate fundraising initiative launched by Children's Hospice South West.

The charity is calling upon businesses to take up its £50 Challenge and use their business skills to generate as much money to support its work.

Entrepreneur and Dragons' Den investor Deborah Meaden has given her backing to a new corporate fundraising initiative launched by Children's Hospice South West.

The charity is calling upon businesses to take up its £50 Challenge and use their business skills to generate as much money to support its work.

It will provide a £50 start-up sum to organisations that register to take part. They will then be challenged to put their business skills to the test, by increasing the investment by as much as possible in just three months.

Urging local firms to take part, Ms Meaden said: "It is easy when times get hard to just worry about business on a day-to-day basis and look inward. It's a wonderful thing to be able to come together and get motivated to do something fun, and out of that fun comes good."

The charity is behind three Westcountry hospices – Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset and Little Harbour in Cornwall.

Source:  This is Devon

Dragon's Den investor Deborah Meaden backs Children's Hospice South West £50 Challenge
20 August 2013


Why not take part in the £50 Challenge?A DRAGON’S Den investor has given her backing to a new charity fundraising scheme.

Deborah Meaden, from the popular BBC series, is calling for South West businesses to take part in The £50 Challenge in aid of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

It will see companies use their business skills and innovation to generate as much money as possible for the charity, which has a hospice – Little Harbour - in Porthpean, near St Austell.

CHSW provides a £50 start-up investment, it’s then over the business to put its money-making acumen to the test by growing this amount as much as legally and ethically possible in just three months.

“These are our children and our families in our region – I can really see the importance of having a place to be with people who understand, who know how to be around you to make this awful thing as painless as it could possibly be,” said the businesswoman who lives in Somerset.

“It is easy when times get hard to just worry about business on a day to day basis and look inward.

“Engaging with the community is so important for companies to look outward and do some real good – and you will feel great about the business too as a result.”

If you think your business has what it takes, click here to find out more and download a registration pack.

Source:  The Cornish Guardian

Deborah Meaden backs The £50 Challenge
16 August 2013


Deborah is proud to be backing a new corporate fundraising initiative to support Children’s Hospice South West.

The £50 Challenge encourages companies to use their business skills and innovation to generate as much money as possible for the children’s charity.  Passionate about the cause, Deborah is calling for businesses to make a real difference in their local community and put themselves to the test with The £50 Challenge.

Children’s Hospice South West will provide you with a £50 start-up investment, it’s then over to you to put your business brain and money making acumen to the test by growing this amount as much as legally and ethically possible in just three months.

Deborah explains: “It is easy when times get hard to just worry about business on a day to day basis and look inward.  Engaging with the community is so important for companies to look outward and do some real good – and you will feel great about the business too as a result.

“It’s a wonderful thing to be able to come together and get motivated to do something fun, and out of that fun comes good.  It’s not just about handing money over, it’s about telling the story of Children’s Hospice South West and it is so important for people to know there is this amazing place.”

Children’s Hospice South West’s homely hospices – Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset, and Little Harbour in Cornwall – provide a loving and caring place for families with children who are not expected to reach adulthood.  These families visit the charity’s special children’s hospices for respite stays and the opportunity to make the most of the precious time they have together.

The specially trained staff at the hospices also provide care in emergencies, at the end of life, throughout bereavement and beyond.  Their work has a lasting effect on the families they support.

Deborah, recognises how vital the work of Children’s Hospice South West is.  She says: “These are our children and our families in our region – I can really see the importance of having a place to be with people who understand, who know how to be around you to make this awful thing as painless as it could possibly be.”

Children’s Hospice South West is honoured to have Deborah’s backing.  Their Head of Corporate Fundraising, Emma Lloyd, says: “Having Deborah on board for The £50 Challenge is truly incredible, and we hope it will inspire businesses to put their entrepreneurial skills to the test and get involved.  As a charity we simply couldn’t provide the vital service we do without such support and this is a both a fun and challenging way to help.”

If you think your business has what it takes to convert your £50 into big money for Children’s Hospice South West visit www.chsw.org.uk/the50challenge to find out more and motivate yourself with a special message from Deborah.

Source:  Deborah Meaden