Firms rising to the challenge

The launch of the Corporate Challenge earlier this year (s)
The launch of the Corporate Challenge earlier this year (s)

A staggering £26,000 has been raised through The Pendleside Hospice Corporate Challenge – seven weeks before its conclusion.

A total of 27 companies signed up for the challenge, which launched on June 1st, with each of them set the task of turning £50 into as much as possible before September 30th.

One company has since dropped out but the remaining 26 participants have between them raised £26,106 through a variety of different fund-raising ideas.

Clearly Interiors top the leaderboard at the minute with almost £10,000 raised from two Man v Food events but other companies are hot on their heels.

Some future events to raise funds include Hays Recruitment who are holding a Quiz Night at Burnley Football Club, Themis at Burnley College who are staging a Race Night and a woman from Protec who has pledges of more than £1,200 to shave her head.

The companies are all competing to be crowned Corporate Challenge Champion at a special awards event to be held on October 20th at Burnley Mechanics.

There are also 10 other awards available such as the LOL Award, which will be awarded to the company with the best laugh out loud moment, Team Spirit Award and Best Event.

Pendleside Hospice are inviting other local companies to be involved with the event by offering the opportunity to sponsor one of the awards on the evening which is expected to be attended by around 200 people. The hospice is also appealing for raffle and auction prizes.

Anybody who thinks they can help or would like more information about sponsoring one of the awards can contact the fund-raising department on 01282 440120.

Hospice fund-raising manager Kaye Bartle said: “We have been absolutely amazed and delighted at the fantastic fund-raising that has been going on for Corporate Challenge.

“We have some amazing local companies and organisations involved and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know them and working with them to raise such a fantastic amount for Pendleside Hospice.

“A huge thanks to our sponsor too, Charter Walk Shopping Centre, who’s support enabled us to give £50 to each company to start their fund-raising.”