Businesses take on £50 challenge for St Clare Hospice

Charity / Mon 24th Jul 2017 at 08:04pm


A group of West Essex and East Herts businesses have successfully put their entrepreneurial skills and business acumen to the test by completing the St Clare Hospice ‘£50 Challenge’.

Throughout April, May and June, local businesses were invited to take part in the Hastingwood-based charity’s fundraising investment initiative which saw local businesses compete to grow a £50 seed funding stake into as healthy a profit as possible for the charity. The 12 week challenge finished on 30 June when St Clare Hospice’s Corporate Partnerships Manager, Amy Jacobs, called ‘time’ on the event and congratulated participants on their achievements.

The two businesses who generated the most in funding from the challenge were MODE Beauty Therapy, based in Loughton, and Holisticare Myofascial Release specialists, situated in Hatfield Broad Oak. MODE raised a total of £3,116 from the 12 week challenge, and Holisticare turned their £50 seed-funding into a healthy £1,660 for the Hospice.

Commenting on their £50 Challenge activities, Karen Montagnino, the owner of MODE, said:

“The staff at MODE were delighted to take part in the £50 Challenge for St Clare – and we had a great time over the course of the 12 weeks! We all took the challenge to heart and wanted to turn our £50 into as much money as possible for St Clare. I personally know how incredible the care at St Clare is, and this just seemed like the perfect way to use our expertise as a local business and put our talents to good use by raising vital funds for a great local charity. MODE held lots of events over the course of the 3 months, including running a raffle, delivering manicures and treatments in a local residential care home, and having a fancy dress themed day – when we all came dressed up in Mexican outfits, complete with big moustaches! I am really proud of my team for taking part wholeheartedly in the challenge, and it was a great thing to do as both a team building activity and to grow awareness of our business.”

Holisticare took part in the £50 Challenge for St Clare for the third time this year. The Managing Director of Holisticare, Nikki Robinson, said: “Holisticare have been long-standing supporters of St Clare and we have taken part in the £50 Challenge for the last few years. We think it is a great way to raise much-needed funds for St Clare, whilst also offering a fantastic opportunity to showcase what Holisticare offers and building awareness of our brand. This year we held an art competition, with lots of entries from people of all ages, and a charity quiz night which we held on 30 June. More than 90 people took part in the quiz and it was a great night for all those involved. Holisticare are really proud to support St Clare and are delighted to have taken part in their £50 Challenge.”

The £50 Challenge was organised by St Clare Hospice’s Corporate Partnerships Manager, Amy Jacobs, who said: “Thank you so much to MODE and Holisticare who were such committed participants in this year’s £50 Challenge. It was fantastic to see how passionate they were about finding ways to grown their £50 funding into as big a profit as possible – it really got their creative, business juices flowing! The challenge has raised more than £3,000 for St Clare which is enough to fund nearly a week of our Patient and Family Support Services – which includes our team of social workers and bereavement counsellors. It just goes to show what a difference local businesses can make to St Clare, and how together, we can benefit the aims of both your business and St Clare.”

For more information about the corporate partnership opportunities with St Clare please contact Amy Jacobs on 01279 773758 or email [email protected]

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