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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Generous firms aim to smash target for Ulverston hospice

BUSINESSES across South Cumbria are clubbing together to each raise £1,000 for a much-loved charity.

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FORGING AHEAD Martin Lewis of St Mary’s Hospice accepts a fundraising cheque for £1,365 from members of staff at Wax Lyrical at Lindal. From left: Sarah Morrow, managing director Joanne Barber, Sophie Rawlings and Deane Raymond jon granger REF: 50052296B000

So far, 21 firms have signed up to Club 25 – a scheme launched by St Mary’s Hospice in June as part of its 25th anniversary next year.

Each company is aiming to raise at least £1,000, but a handful have already smashed through the target and will be aiming to generate as much as possible before July next year.

For example, Wax Lyrical in Lindal raised £1,365 through a raffle at its summer ball in June and intends to keep the good work going.

Deane Raymond, Wax Lyrical product developer, said: “We have an employee forum and this year we decided to ask everybody in the company to choose who they’d like to be our nominated charity for the year. And of all the responses, almost everyone, bar one, said the hospice.

“It’s a very local charity. The work it does is funded by donations so it’s nice to support something that relies so much on the generosity of people.

“We’re very much a local company and very proud of the fact we’re British and here to support the local community.”

Siemens in Ulverston has also surpassed the £1,000 target.

A team of 22 cyclists raised £1,250 by completing a Blackpool to Manchester cycle event – one of many fundraising activities Siemens employees are participating in this year.

Wayne Singleton, HR business partner at Siemens, said: “Club 25 is a fantastic idea to engage local businesses and I’m delighted we have already exceeded our initial target.”

Martin Lewis, the hospice’s corporate fundraiser, said: “It shows what can be achieved in a short space of time. All these businesses are supporting us and encouraging their employees to help us, which is great.

“But it’s also good for the businesses because it builds a bit of team spirit as they’re all clubbing together for one thing.

“Anything on top of the £1,000 is a bonus but I’d like to think businesses won’t stop when they get to that mark. It will hopefully be a challenge to see how much they can raise and we’ll be encouraging them to keep going.”

To join Club 25, call Mr Lewis on 01229 580305.

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