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40 for 40 – The Story So Far

By Barbara Brockie, trusts and corporates fundraiser

In the spring edition of Life we launched a special initiative for our 40th anniversary year – our 40 for 40 club. We invited local businesses to support the Hospice in our special anniversary year and to commit to raising £1,000 each throughout this year. We are hoping to have 40 companies be part of the club and for them to collectively reach an amazing target of £40,000.

We are now half way through the year and we are delighted that teams from many organisations have already signed up and are having great fun raising the money to reach and even exceed their target.

Creative Ideas, Reaching Targets

Jules dyed her hair the Hospice colours

Some of the fundraising challenges have been very imaginative! Jules Russell (pictured) from Scottish Widows bravely chose to dye her hair an amazing hue of blues to match the Hospice logo and raised £1322 in sponsorship.

Dan and the team from TSB Leith branch flexed their considerable brain muscles and raised £650 by holding their own Pub Quiz, with more activities planned to help them reach their goal.

Keri and the team at Nuffield Health at the Omni Centre raised £1,900 through a variety of events – amazing!

Nicola and her team at Lloyds Banking Group raised £900 from a tasty bake sale and tombola, and this will be match-funded by £500 from Lloyds.

Of course some events are still to come in the second half of 2017. Gerry and his colleagues from Standard Life are holding a fundraising musical event at St Stephen’s Church in Stockbridge, which will be match-funded by Standard Life. Darren and all the staff at Scott Coppola will be holding a sizzling summer BBQ in aid of the Hospice, Darren will be looking forward to a spell in the docks with soggy sponges being thrown at him…all for a good cause!

Food Glorious Food

Fundraising events are not the only way that companies have been supporting us. John Lewis in Edinburgh selected us as their supported charity in the Place to Eat where customers could choose us as their special cause. Customers of several local branches of The Co-op selected the Hospice to be a beneficiary of the Co-op Local Community Fund, which raised over £2,500 for the Hospice.

The first organisation to join the 40 for 40 club was the Edinburgh Rugbies Oldies Society. The gentlemen in the society were quick to get over the try line – I enjoyed a very pleasant lunch and entertaining speech in the company of 130 members of the society, followed by an extremely generous donation of £2,000!

We are also very grateful to the organisations who have chosen to make a one-off £1,000 donation to the campaign – Tunnock’s, Baillie Signs and J Smart and Co.

A huge thank you to all our 40 for 40 fundraisers, who so far have raised over £13,000, and we look forward to keeping you informed in how the campaign is progressing.

We still have another six months to go and we know that some great fundraising challenges are in the pipeline for those who have already signed up. If you work for a company and would like to join the 40 for 40 club, there’s still time to do so. It would top off a brilliant year for the Hospice if we can find another 10 companies to join the 40 for 40 club – can you help?!

If you would like to find out more, please email me and I can guide you in any way I can to help you do something amazing for the Hospice. Get in touch – bbrockie@stcolumbashospice.org.uk.

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