The Franklins £50 Challenge kicks off on 24th January and with plenty of businesses already signed up for this entrepreneurial challenge, Cynthia Spencer Hospice are encouraging more teams to enter, join in the fun and help raise £30,000 which could pay for 150 days of community care for patients and their families throughout Northamptonshire.
Chelsea Galpin, corporate partnerships fundraiser at the Hospice said: “The £50 Challenge is a great opportunity for businesses to express what they’re all about and show their passion for growing an initial investment of £50. The more creative the idea the better and we’re encouraging businesses to come up with brand new initiatives that will maximise staff team-building and also create networking opportunities to engage the local business community.”
For businesses wondering what they can do to raise money, Chelsea has many suggestions for activities that can help engage their teams and customers: “Everybody loves a quiz, especially when the competition is fierce so why not organise a corporate pub quiz – a great way to have fun while raising money! Games nights are a fun social event to invite your contacts, suppliers and customers to and by asking people to donate to take part and also put on a raffle or auction, like Kilby Fox Accountants who used their expertise and raffled off a tax return, you’ll be amazed by how much you can raise while creating a valuable networking opportunity for your business.
“Many of our teams in the last challenge knew that a great way to get to people’s pockets was through their stomachs so organised bake sales or used their £50 to buy ingredients and made breakfast baps, like Guy Salmon Jaguar or Travis Perkins who made chilli dishes for lunch which they sold to colleagues and reinvested the proceeds to create even more tempting treats to keep their workmates well fed and keep those donations coming in! Several special dates also fall within the 8 week challenge period such as Valentine’s Day, Shrove Tuesday and St Patrick’s Day so there are great opportunities for raffling off a hamper or holding a themed dress-down day or event at work. It’s really easy to register, all businesses need to do is visit our website and fill in the registration form www.cynthiaspencer.org.uk/event/franklins50 or they can call me on 01604 973348 or drop me an email on email@example.com.”
Dave Williams, managing director of Onefoursix, who has also signed up his team to join the entrepreneurial challenge, said: “When we heard about the £50 challenge, we jumped at the chance to take part. Our creative and entrepreneurial spirit seemed the perfect fit! However we are still to come up with an actual idea, so watch this space!! Cynthia Spencer Hospice is a fantastic local charity, and although I have been very fortunate to not have experienced their work first hand, it is clear to see the sort of impact they have had on the local community.”
Chelsea continued: “The challenge is about businesses getting the most out of taking part as much as it is about generating income for the Hospice. We work hard to nurture strong partnerships with local businesses and want them to feel the benefits of entering into a partnership with us and receive as much PR and social media exposure as we can give them. This year we are also challenging each business to use their social media platforms to engage their colleagues, contacts, competitors and suppliers to take part in the challenge. We can’t wait to see what our teams come up with!”
The Franklins £50 Challenge enables local businesses to collaborate and use their business acumen to raise as much money as possible for the Hospice by investing and reinvesting their £50 ‘seed’ money in fundraising endeavours in order to raise as much as possible for the Hospice.
Nearly £50,000 was raised in total from the entire challenge this year, just over £17,000 of that was raised by businesses within Northamptonshire for Cynthia Spencer, and now the Hospice is asking businesses to get involved again by coming up with new and innovative ways to raise money while also creating networking and team building opportunities for their staff. The 2019 challenge is to raise £30,000 for Cynthia Spencer Hospice, which could fund 150 days of community specialist palliative care.