[T]WELVE Cumbrian businesses have taken £770 from a charity and turned it into thousands to help youngsters in or leaving care.
The Ambleside based youth charity Brathay Trust handed each business a £70 cheque earlier in the year with a challenge to use it to raise as much money as possible by the 1st October.
And now awards for the most creative fundraising ideas, the largest amount raised and the most fun event will be handed out at the charity’s 70th anniversary ball next month (Saturday 12 November) at the Low Wood Hotel, Windermere.
The participating businesses who are up for the awards are: Sanlam, 1818 Auctioneers, Out of Eden, Centrica, BAE Systems, Cumbrian Properties, Lakes Cottage Holidays, Lakeland, Heaton Cooper Studios, Thomson Hayton Winkley, Lombards, Make it Happen and the Good News Girl.
Brathay organiser and fundraiser Julia Wilson said: “This has proved to be a great team challenge – honing entrepreneurial skills and testing creativity.
“We’ve had an amazing response which includes limerick competitions, beard growing contests, long distance bike rides, tandem challenges, treasure hunts and lots of walking, baking and cake eating.
”With the competition now closed the businesses are totting up how much they have raised and we will be revealing the amount on the night. There’s a great buzz about who will scoop which award at an evening of magic, dancing and music.”
One company that signed up to the challenge is Lakeland; employee Cath Stobbart explained why: “Challenge 70 was something I knew I could help, backed by managing director, Sam Rayne. Within a short space of time our team had planned our first few events. It’s unleashed a lot of creative talent and support from colleagues and it has meant we’ve been able to support the exceptional work that Brathay does.”
Kirkby Lonsdale based business, Sanlam, ran a cake stall at the local market and a beard growing competition. Make It Happen and the Good News Girl from Windermere raised money with a tandem bike ride.
Monies raised are going to Brathay’s ‘New Beginnings’ anniversary appeal. It aims to raise £70,000 to help care leavers make a successful transition to adulthood – supporting them to gain the skills and confidence to live independently and get into employment or training.
Those interested in the charity’s Anniversary Ball, which includes entertainment by Kendal magician Chris Cook – recently back from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – and music by Funtime Frankies, should visit www.brathay.org.uk/ball Or contact Julia Wilson on 015394 39721 or at [email protected]