Lawyers turn £500 into £21,000 for NE Charity
Burnetts' Newcastle team has transformed £500 into £21,275 as part of a fundraising challenge set by the North East charity The Percy Hedley Foundation.
The firm was taking part in the 2017 Challenge 500 which saw 9 participating teams being given a £500 seed fund and then tasked with making that £500 grow. The Newcastle lawyers raised more than any other team in the 2017 challenge and also topped the total of any team ever in the history of Percy Hedley and Challenge 500.
The city centre firm has a special connection with the Percy Hedley Foundation: Newcastle-based Partner Angela Curran is one of the charity’s Trustees and Chair of Governors at both Percy Hedley School and Northern Counties School. As a result of Burnetts’ Challenge 500 achievement, Angela was presented with an “Outstanding Personality” award and appointed as an Ambassador for the 2018 challenge.
Angela (pictured top), who walked across broken glass as part of her fund-raising, said, “We have a team of 20 in our Dean Street office and every single person has contributed to this amazing total. We came together to generate lots of fundraising ideas and then each of us has taken ownership of a particular initiative. It’s been a fantastic team-building exercise – we’ve spent a lot of weekends and evenings together this year! We have also had great support from our city centre neighbours, other businesses and friends who have come along to our events, donated raffle prizes and bought tickets. Huge thanks are due to them for helping us to raise such a significant amount of money for Percy Hedley.”
Burnetts’ team has raised the money through a relentless series of events: as well as the glass-walk, there was a 1980s school-themed disco, a race night, a quiz, an all-day fitness challenge and a 24 hour football tournament. Angela’s Secretary Natalie Gray overcame her fear of heights to complete a sponsored sky dive. A lot of cake and coffee has also been consumed!
Sheila Coltman, Corporate Partnerships Manager at The Percy Hedley Foundation said, “During last year’s Challenge 500, twelve teams raised £35,500 for the Foundation, but with the support of organisations like Burnetts, 2017 has been even better with a grand total of £49,071. This fantastic contribution towards our work will make a huge difference to the disabled children, young people and adults who depend so much on our services. We’re delighted with the achievements of this year’s teams and know that with Angela’s sheer energy, commitment and leadership as an Ambassador for 2018, many more businesses will be inspired to take part.”
The 2017 challenge was launched in February 2017. The winners were announced at the Gosforth Park Marriot on 27th July 2017.
Now the Challenge 500 has come to a close, a team of Burnetts’ runners will then be focussed on raising money for the Foundation by taking part in the Great North Run in September.
The Percy Hedley Foundation provides a wide range of high quality, specialist and personalised care and education support to disabled people and their families.
Pictured above (left to right): Natalie Gray, Sarah Willshire, Molly Allison, Stephanie Long, Angela Curran, Jessica Lyth, Rebecca Joy, Sara Riddlesden, Hannah Fitzpatrick, Alix Walker, Stacy Williams, Jane Jubb, Rachel Armstrong, Tracey Feeney, Kayleigh Nugent, Caroline Manningham, Emma ArmstrongAll News