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Make it Grow Corporate Challenge

Make it Grow Corporate Challenge raises over £15,000

Seventeen companies from across Bath and Wiltshire have raised over £15,000 for the Royal United Hospitals Bath charity, The Forever Friends Appeal.

The money was raised through the charity’s new Make it Grow Corporate Challenge which launched in October 2019. Each company received a startup fund of £20 and the challenge was to make it grow by fundraising the most in just four months.

Patsy Gould, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“It’s been amazing to see the enthusiasm and commitment to our Make it Grow Corporate Challenge.  We feel incredibly grateful to have worked with a number of new companies on this initiative.

“Thanks to their committed colleagues a number of areas in the RUH will benefit from this fantastic amount helping patients and their families. This includes the breast unit, the Dyson Cancer Centre, Children’s Ward, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (known as NICU), stroke unit and the Forget Me Not Suite in the hospital’s Bath Birthing Centre which provides space and support to parents who have lost a child.”

To celebrate and recognise the fundraising efforts made by all those who took part an awards ceremony was held last week in Bath’s Apex Hotel. The following awards were presented to:

  • The Corporate Challenge Champion Award – 1pm Finance
  • The Spreading the Word Award -Frank & Moon
  • The Corporate Challenge Enabler of the Year Award – Nationwide Building Society (Chippenham)
  • The Small but Mighty Award – Metro Bank (Bath)
  • The Big Business Award – Andrews Property Group
  • The Innovation Award – Trowbridge Ford
  • The Make it Grow Corporate Challenge of 2019/20 Winner – Curo

Rachael Allen, Communications, Brand and PR manager, Curo said:

“We are really pleased to have won the challenge. Our colleagues voted for The Forever Friends Appeal as their chosen charity and they really got involved in fundraising. The largest amount was raised in our raffle – over £3,000 which is an incredible amount. We would also like to thank the residents who joined in and helped fundraise at our Livewell Hubs.”

The 2020 Make it Grow Corporate Challenge will be back later this year. If you are interested in getting involved please email: patsy.gould@nhs.net or jo.common@nhs.net

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Businesses set to make funds grow

Sixteen companies from Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire gathered to celebrate the launch of a brand new fundraising challenge which will help raise funds for the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

They are all taking part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s Make it Grow Corporate Challenge which starts on 1 October 2019 and will run until the 31 January 2020.

Patsy Gould, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We are delighted to have so many businesses on board and there is still time for companies to sign up and take part. The concept of our challenge is simple – every company which has signed up will receive a starter fund of £20. The aim is to make that amount grow more than any other company taking part in the challenge.

“We are really excited to hear about their fundraising plans and throughout the next four months, we’ll track their progress on our fundraising leaderboard to see who’s leading the competition.”

At the end of the Make it Grow challenge, the companies will be able to choose whether their funds go to a specific area in the hospital which they have a special connection with or if they would like it to support one of the charity’s fundraising campaigns such as the Breast Unit Special Appeal or RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

Rob Burrows, Assistant Branch Manager, Nationwide Building Society Bath said:

“We are looking forward to taking on the Make it Grow Corporate Challenge 2019. Nationwide Bath supports our local community in various ways so after recently volunteering at the Movie by Moonlight it was clear to see what a difference the Forever Friends Appeal makes to people’s lives. We want to continue working with the Appeal because we are passionate about helping the community which we live in and using our voice to make a positive change.”

Businesses who would like to take part in the challenge should sign up on The Forever Friends Appeal’s website by 1 October. All participants will receive a free fundraising pack which is full of tools, tips and ideas on how to make their starter fund grow.

For more information about the Make it Grow Corporate Challenge please click here 


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