Reward Finance Group raises £25,500 for two charities




Reward Finance Group has raised £25,500 over the last 14 months for its two chosen charities, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and Lancashire Mind.

As the pandemic caused all the company’s fundraising events to be cancelled, the group devised alternative ways to raise the funds.

During lockdown, the team donated the money they were saving by not having to commute, together with the cost of the usual takeaway coffees, lunchtime sandwiches, and parking charges.

In addition, the group and its supporters raised £4,800 by walking 4,500 miles as part of its Boundaries Challenge.

The total amount raised for the two charities was then match funded by the company.

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports children with life-shortening conditions and their families, while Lancashire Mind works to raise awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing across Lancashire, as well as offer support for those in need.

Elizabeth Harrison, marketing and communications manager at Reward Finance Group, who nominated Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, said: “This year’s fundraising efforts certainly got us all fit, especially when everyone felt compelled to clock up the miles in the Boundaries Challenge for such a worthy cause.

“I even gave myself the challenge of running every day in November and received amazing support for doing so, raising £720.”

Mike Calvert, business development director at Reward Finance Group, who selected Lancashire Mind as one of the chosen charities, added: “I had no hesitation in putting forward Lancashire Mind as I saw what they did first-hand when they arranged workshops for parents with children coming up to exams in order to help both the parents and kids cope with the stress. 

“That really opened my eyes as to what Lancashire Mind did in the community for young children, as well as adults. 

“Mental health issues are something people do not talk about, as they see it as a weakness; I therefore wanted to help raise the profile of the charity and the invaluable work they do.”

Lou Addison, corporate partnerships fundraiser at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, commented: “We can’t thank Reward enough for the unbelievable support it has given us and the significant amount it raised. 

“We are blown away by what the team and its supporters have achieved in such an unconventional and difficult time.”

Royal patron of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, HRH Princess Beatrice, also thanked Reward Finance Group for the support given to the charity, adding that it would make a real difference to children with life shortening conditions and their families across West Yorkshire.

Emma Bateson, fundraising lead at Lancashire Mind, stated: “Reward’s support means so much to us and all those who access our support and services. 

“[The group] has put an amazing amount of time and effort into the numerous fundraising activities and ideas and, as a local, independent charity, this donation will make a real difference.

“Thanks also for raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing which is so important.

“A person with high mental wellbeing is more likely to be happier, more resilient, and less likely to develop a mental health condition. 

“Donations like these make this vision achievable; providing projects and services that remove barriers and enable people to take steps towards improving their mental wellbeing.”
 
Pictured above (L-R): Gemma Wright, regional managing director at Reward Finance Group; Alison Parker, partnerships, trusts and foundations & major gifts manager at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice; Elizabeth Harrison, marketing and communications manager at Reward Finance Group; Lou Addison, corporate partnerships fundraiser at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice

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