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Great teamwork helps St Helena Hospice

From £50…

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…to £5,000.

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In May this year we held a 5-a-side football tournament in which 4 teams from Codair competed for the Codair 5-a-side trophy. The teams consisting in the main of 4 men and 1 woman battled tooth and nail for a place in the final

The winning team was captained by Adam Welsford seen below holding the trophy. In all the event raised £905.00 for St Helena Hospice.

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Driven on by the success of this event it was decided we should take on the St Helena Hospice’s £50 challenge. The Task: to convert £50 into as much money as possible in four months. It was Mandy Cant, a natural choice as a member of our accounts team, who took charge of the cash and began to organise a series of fund raising events.

Car Boot Sale

For the first of these on the 17th August, a bleary eyed Mandy and her team of helpers turned up at the Marks Tey Boot Sale site near Colchester at 5.45 am with a horse box full of goodies. All these highly desirable items had been collected by Codair staff and their friends over the previous few weeks.

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Thanks to a good crowd of willing purchasers and the excellent market trading skills of our super-salesman Terry Knight who whipped them up into a buying frenzy, we raised a total of £735 during the morning’s hectic trading. A further £100 was added to the total from a Name the Bear competition.

Car Wash

Three days later at a less unsociable hour of the morning, the Codair car park was transformed into a car wash centre.

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A stream of dull and dusty vehicles kept the team of washers and polishers busy. While vehicle owners waited, our Group Sales Manager, Paul Roberts, slaved away over a hot barbecue to offer them some hot and tasty treats.

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Waxing for Charity

Where could we find two willing (male) recruits to have their legs and chest waxed for this worthy cause? Mandy used her personality, charm and extremely loud voice to persuade two members of our sales department, home of the brave and foolish, to volunteer. And so, on the 5th September, Mark Stonebank and David Wilson were led like lambs to the slaught…sorry, shearing pen to be epilated.

Here are the classic before and after shots.

Mark opted for the leg wax...

Mark opted for the leg wax…

...and David had the full chest wax. Ow! That does look a bit sore.

…and David had the full chest wax. Ow! That does look a bit sore.

Further Events

And it did not stop there. Further events were held during September including Quiz and Curry Night at the Crown Inn in Wormingford on the 7th which included a grand raffle for a multitude of prizes donated by local companies. There were also many smaller but significant efforts to raise funds by individuals. Pilates classes, manicures, an overnight camp-out for children, the sale of football cards and we must mention Gavin Hewitt, who raised £150 by doing a charity skydive.  Finally on the 24th there was a Race Night at the Orpen Hall in West Bergholt. Around  hundred people filled the hall and raised over £1,700.

£50 Challenge Awards

On the 18th October Mandy, Jodi Meadows and Terry Knight attended the awards evening for the £50 challenge at First Site in Colchester. Of the 34 companies that took part there were 5 companies who won awards for the amount raised and way they went about raising the money. As a result of everyone’s efforts we won an award for teamwork which says a huge amount about the team we have here and the enthusiasm we all showed towards the challenge.

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The total raised by the initiative this year was £43,000 which the hospice were really pleased with and it will go a long way to helping them provide the service they do.

Thank you again to all of you who participated, donated and supported and roll on the 2017 challenge!

 

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