Hospice sets £40k corporate fundraising goal for 40th anniversary
Emily Goodwin, of AP Robinson & Co, tries to beat the top times on the racing simulator, in the Andy's Charity Race Car Cup, watched by Ryan Gambrill of the LCS Group.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 23 Apr 2019
GRIMSBY’S St Andrew’s Hospice has launched a corporate fundraising campaign as it seeks to raise £40,000 over and above its annual gifted income to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Heart My Hospice is the new initiative from the Peaks Lane venue, where every day of operation costs £15,000.
And a special launch night saw committed business and civic figures raising cash on foot, on two wheels and in the driving seat of a virtual four, to illustrate efforts underway.
North East Lincolnshire Council chief executive Rob Walsh is running the London Marathon as St Andrew’s Hospice’s place taker later this month, while Ultimate Group – the Grimsby-based flexible packaging specialist – is embarking on its Ultimate Challenge, with 40 events to bring in the cash.
Since the start of the year, town IT firm LCS Group has also been touring premises and events with its Charity Car Race Cup, giving gaming enthusiasts - and novices - the chance to get behind the wheel of an Aston Martin and record a flying lap on the X-box powered simulator.
Becky Darnell, charity fundraising and campaigns lead at St Andrew’s, said: “We ask businesses and corporate organisation to come together and love our hospice for the appeal. Without the support fo local organisations, communities and individuals we wouldn’t be able to provide the support we provide.
“People ask me questions all the time about how they can support the hospice and how much it costs to run the hospice. Fundraising is vital, and now, more than ever. That’s why we are constantly holding events and working with corporate partners and individuals to help support the hospice and raise the much-needed funds every year.”
Lucas the Bear was also snapped up in multiples, the brainchild of E-Factor employee Jo Taylor’s son of the same name, backed by managing director Mark Webb, while Grimsby Institute brought in a 25kg chocolate Easter egg to raffle off.
Mr Walsh, now tapering for the big day, said: “I like running, which is an advantage for an amazing organisation and the fabulous things it does. I thought I knew what it did, then I had the tour and realises what it does. With the one marathon place I was not going to miss this opportunity to use my position in the right way, to raise as much profile and as much money.”
Clutching his branded sportswear, he added: “I’m delighted to be covered in this sweaty tee-shirt.”
No stranger to the hospice fundraising, Chris Tonge, pictured above left, executive director of Ultimate Group, had chosen the shared site Andy’s Hospice for his 50th fundraising aspirations. The head of the Europarc giant, said: “It is such a great cause. We have always shaped our work on kids’ charities, there are so many good causes, so we have always tried to base it on that.”
From swimming with sharks to an office bake-off, ideas are pouring in alongside the pledges.
Glenn Thow, chief executive at LCS, on Alexandra Road, reflected on the return of the Charity Car Race Cup, which may well be back on the road again. He said: “We set a target to raise £1,000, and have raised £2,000 due to the generosity of the businesses we have engaged with.
“LCS supports a number of charities but St Andrew’s Hospice means a lot to us because it is part of the community, and that’s really important to us.”
A total of 169 people raced, with Joey Ireland of Coldstar Systems taking the title with a time of one minute, 29 seconds.
Those keen to help St Andrew’s Hospice to the chequered fundraising flag can call 01472 571261 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.