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Make it Grow Corporate Challenge

Local businesses complete Make it Grow Corporate Challenge

We are delighted to announce that our Make It Grow Corporate Challenge which was organised for local businesses to help make a positive difference to staff and patients at the Royal United Hospitals Bath has been a resounding success.

Throughout the four month challenge it was wonderful to see eleven companies from across Bath and Wiltshire take part in numerous fundraising activities. Each company that signed up received a £20 starter fund at the beginning of October last year and the aim was to compete against each other and raise the most by the end of January 2021.

The participating companies were Frank & Moon, BMT, Buro Happold, Trowbridge Ford, Metro Bank in Bath, Puregym Bath, JSBS, Avon Rubber, Touchstone, Bridges Electrical, and Curious Universe.

Patsy Gould, Corporate Officer said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part in this year’s Make It Grow Corporate Challenge. There couldn’t have been a tougher year to take part in this challenge and yet we had nine new companies join us and many socially-distanced and virtual fundraising activities took place during what’s been a really tough time.

“Collectively the challenge has raised £17,500, which is a fantastic amount and will go towards funding projects that will make a difference to patients and staff at the RUH. We are very grateful for everyone’s commitment to our charity and the RUH.”

In recognition of the companies’ fundraising efforts, a number of awards were presented by the charity last week. The winners were:

  • BMT – won the Corporate Challenge Champion Award
  • Buro Happold’s Christmas advent window won the Best Event Award 
  • Curious Universe won the Small but Mighty Award 
  • Avon Rubber won the Big Business Award
  • Buro Happold won the Most Raised Overall Award  

Sarah from BMT said: “I really enjoyed being part of the challenge and to help give something back to the RUH has been really rewarding personally. This is especially poignant to me as fantastic care was given to my husband, mum, dad and father-in-law in the last year by a number of teams in the hospital.”

Kate Miller, Lead Group Co-ordinator at Buro Happold said: “We are proud to have been involved with The Forever Friends Appeal since it started out 20 years ago, including being the headline sponsor of Ted’s Big Bake Off. As well as supporting their charity events, we were also involved in the design and construction of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and no year has ever been more appropriate to support this amazing cause.”

The Make It Grow Corporate Challenge will be back later this year. It will run from 1 October to 31 January 2022. If you would like your company to be involved email forever.friends@nhs.net or for more details click here.

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Take the challenge and make £20 grow for the RUH

Businesses in Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire are being invited to take part in the Make it Grow Corporate Challenge to help raise funds for the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

Organised by The Forever Friends Appeal, this challenge will run from 1 October 2020 to 31 January 2021 and companies are invited to sign up now.

Patsy Gould, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said: “We were lucky to work with 17 businesses last year (pictured) and it proved to be a great way for colleagues to work together, have fun whilst raising funds to support our local hospital and we look forward to welcoming more businesses this year.

“The concept is simple – we will give every company a starter fund of £20 and the aim is to make that amount grow more than any other company who is taking part. We’ve also introduced a new virtual element to the challenge as many people continue to work from home, so colleagues can work together both in and out of the office.”

Participating businesses will also have the option to donate their funds to a specific area in the hospital if their colleagues have a special connection with a ward or department.

Competing in the challenge last year, Sarah Williams, Sales and Marketing Executive at Trowbridge Ford said:

“We have had lots of fun taking part in the challenge, coming up with ideas and running a variety of events that brought the community together. It was very rewarding and knowing the money we have raised has gone to help those that need it most has given us a warm fuzzy feeling inside.”

Businesses who would like to take part in the challenge will need to sign up on the charity’s website by 1 October. All participants will receive a free fundraising pack full of resources, tips and ideas on how they can make their £20 grow.

To sign up and for more information about the Make it Grow Corporate Challenge please click here

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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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