The 1st of May this year marked the start of a brand-new fundraising and engagement initiative from St John’s Hospice – The 50-50-500 Charity Challenge.

In this new fundraising campaign for St John’s Hospice, we invited 50 businesses to spend 50 days raising £500 each for their local hospice. The teams of fundraisers were encouraged to think of the most creative ways to hit their fundraising targets and compete to raise the most!

Business of all shapes and sizes, with and without connection to St John’s were welcomed to the team for this season of competitive fundraising. Not only has St John’s as a charity seen a huge positive impact from this initiative, so have the businesses involved. Teams have seen a boost in morale as they know they are making a huge difference to a local charity.
It has broken down barriers within workplaces and encouraged team building in ways they haven’t done before.

After a brilliant 50+ days of fundraising efforts, Friday 28th July saw a special Celebration Event hosted by the St John’s team at our very own Courtyard Café to bring the challenge to a close and award prizes to those teams that had gone the extra mile in their support of the hospice.

Fundraiser Lily Knight announced the fundraising total to be a HUGE️ £35,442.73. This total will make a huge impact in the vital care and services we provide to the local community.

The wonderful catering team also served up their famous Fish & Chips which were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone before they settled down for the awards ceremony.

There were 7 awards up for grabs, the winners were:

  • The Alfred Wainwright Award presented by Adventure Trails UK – SQ Digital
  • The Sustainability Award – Team Armstrong from Lancaster EE
  • Innovation Award – Mighty House
  • Engagement Award – Premierline
  • Best Event – Porsche Centre South Lakes
  • Fundraising Team of the Year – Simply Baby Lancaster

The Lancaster Guardian kindly sponsored and presented the Charity Challenge Champion Award for the team who raised the highest amount of money. The shield was presented to Lancaster EE who raised an amazing £5,048.80!

Could your business make a difference to your local community or want to get involved in the 2024 Charity Challenge? If so, get in touch – [email protected] Visit the Charity Challenge page to find out more.