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Over £20,000 raised by our 2019 Franklins £50 Challenge teams!

The Franklins £50 Challenge 2019 came to a formal close with a fantastic evening of awards and celebration for the amazing efforts of the corporate teams who took part.

An amazing £20,026.88 was raised during the 8 week challenge and the teams really embraced the opportunity to think outside the box in raising as much money as possible for the Hospice.

Our Fundraising Manager, John Helm said: “It’s been fantastic to see the energy and enthusiasm for fundraising continue and expand among our local corporate supporters since the first Franklins £50 Challenge. Our teams have shown great fundraising acumen. Using their expertise and business connections they have created events and activities that have not only raised significant funds for the Hospice, but also presented networking, team engagement and PR opportunities for their own businesses which is what the challenge is all about.  We’d like to extend our thanks once again to Franklins Solicitors for sponsoring such an innovative fundraising challenge and all the teams that took part to raise over £20,000 which could pay for 100 days of community care, a vital service for those patients whose final wish is to receive care in their own homes, surrounded by the people and things they love.”

Hospice nurse and educator in end of life care, Amanda Taylor explained how vital this funding is to the teams who deliver care to our patients and their families with a simple story of how the Hospice has touched one particular family.

There were some outstanding contributions to the challenge this year and it was great to award the following teams for going several extra miles to make the challenge such a huge success!

Best Use of Social Media – DFA Law

This team was a new team for the £50 Challenge 2019, having been challenged by an existing team, Kilby Fox, to join them. This team did various fundraising activities throughout the eight weeks and were shouting about what they were getting up to on social media, particularly on LinkedIn. Bake sales, football cards and a race night, DFA Law ended up raising over £2,000 for Cynthia Spencer which was fantastic – and no doubt their prolific sharing on social media helped too! Thank you to Danny and the rest of the team for taking on the challenge for Cynthia Spencer this year.

Best Teamwork – The Pension House

A small and new team to the Challenge for 2019, actually our smallest of the Challenge, this team pulled together one of the most successful events of the Challenge this year. Laura, Jane and Louise pulled together a fantastic quiz night which brought their total to an amazing £2119.17. Not only did they put on such a successful quiz night, they actually ended up raising the second highest amount of the challenge! So a huge well done and thank you to our avid supporters at The Pension House!

Most Original Fundraising Idea – Nationwide

This team took the Chinese New Year and turned it into one of their most successful fundraising activities of the challenge; the team filled 300 red envelopes with fortune cookies, with a number of envelopes also holding a £5 or £10 note, or a token for a prize. This was incredibly popular and showed a new and innovative approach for using the initial £50 investment. The team from Nationwide also held a huge sweet sale, a Valentine’s Day bake off, and another popular one – selling Indian food in the foyer where 2,000 employees had the chance to purchase items. Yet another new team to the Challenge this year, the team at Nationwide really pulled together and made their initial investment a huge success! 

Challenge Champions - dbfb 

This team came up with an innovative idea for fundraising; selling ‘leaves’ to local businesses that wanted to pledge their support for the Hospice. Alongside this, Claire was also raffling bottles of wine, selling signed rugby shirts and many other activities around the office. The team raised the most out of all our teams for our 2019 Challenge, managing to raise a huge £7,817! Well done to dbfb for being this year’s Charity Champions for Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in this year's challenge and helped raise such an extraordinary amount for the Hospice! All the photos from the challenge can be viewed here.

If anyone is interested in continuing to support Cynthia Spencer there are many ways you can do this and they are all detailed in the 'Businesses' section of our website or contact Chelsea on 01604 973348 or email to find out more.