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InTENsive fundraising pays off

27th March 2015

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Ten is the magic number for a firm that has raised £10,000 for charity to mark a decade in business.

Harrison Beale & Owen (HB&O) has celebrated its tenth anniversary by boosting the coffers of two local good causes; Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

The company organised a flurry of events throughout 2014 including an anniversary ball, bring and buy bake sales, charity golf days, a benefit gig and a charity theatre night.

Ten members of staff also took part in the gruelling 10km Wolf Run event, overcoming a variety of muddy off-road challenges all in the name of charity.

A total of £10,074 has now been split equally between the two nominated charities and representatives from each attended an official cheque presentation.

Rob Kendall, managing director at HB&O, said: “With it being our tenth anniversary we wanted to aim high with our corporate charity drive and help make a difference by supporting two local good causes.

“We were all extremely pleased when we finally achieved the £10,000 mark. We have hosted some really successful events and it just shows what you can achieve when everyone gets involved. We had a fantastic response from staff, clients and friends who all rallied together to help organise the events and donate money; some even showcased a few hidden talents with employees taking part in the benefit gig and Wolf Run. We are delighted to be able to present a cheque to both Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and we hope it will have a positive impact on the work they are able to achieve within the community.”

Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice provides 24-hour palliative, respite and end-of life care to babies and toddlers from birth up to five years of age with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

Muna Chauhan, corporate manager at Zoë’s Place, said HB&O’s donation will make a big difference at the charity. “At the moment we are striving to stay open 24 hours seven days a week and we have just been given the go-ahead to recruit more staff because we have raised much more money so this donation will not only help with that drive but more importantly it will also help to give the children more hours of one-to-one care that they desperately need,” she said.

Katie Lockton, fundraising co-ordinator for Warwickshire and Northampton Air Ambulance, added: “We would like to say a really big thank you to all of the staff at HB&O for all of their hard work behind the scenes and for everyone’s generosity. We are entirely funded by donations and we don’t get large cheques like this every week so the donation will not only help to fund life-saving missions, but we are also hoping that it will inspire others to get involved and think about adopting the Air Ambulance as their charity.”