Putting the fun into fundraising

July 16, 2015 Uncategorized

judyA GRATEFUL Northamptonshire-based charity has praised the commitment and effort of iPSL volunteers, whose enthusiastic support is helping to make vital fund-raising events a huge success. After a busy weekend, in which BPH teams pitched in to help at several events, a spokesman for Cynthia Spencer Hospice stresses how important the relationship between Company and charity has become. “The help iPSL gives is invaluable. Our events simply wouldn’t be as successful without the kind of support the volunteers give,” says Fundraising Manager John Helm. “We’ve benefitted from iPSL fund-raising in the past, but the nature of this kind of partnership is that they are very hands on and get more and more involved, and we really appreciate that.” On that busy weekend in May, one group went along to a Great British Prom Night at the local Derngate Theatre to sell programmes, flags and collect donations. “We had a fantastic night as we were all invited to watch the concert, which we hadn’t expected, and we had a wonderfully generous response from the audience,” says BPH Team Manager Phil Smith. Phil, Team Managers Daksha Haria, Ella and Pete Auburn, Gavin Mason, Site Manager Pauline Fay and Senior Operations Manager Kim Jones collected more than £1,440 for the charity. In the meantime, Lead Processor Graeme Finch took a load of buckets to the local Asda store and collected £150 in a day, while Processor Judy Sapsford and her entire family volunteered at a Colour Run fund-raiser in the grounds of Castle Ashby. Judy persuaded her husband Bob, their children Tony and Joanna and grandchildren Hayley, aged 18, William, 17, Nicholas, 16, Louise,15 and Tiffany, 14, to help. Between them they manned a paint station and dowsed runners with colour as they went past. “We’ve never done anything like it before and it was tremendous fun. We had a wonderful time,” says Judy, who wanted to support both the charity and BPH colleagues HR Manager Rebecca Noad and HR Partner Jacqui McSeveney, who took part in the 5K run and raised £300 between them. “We ended up absolutely covered in paint and water and had to sit on plastic bags in the cars to drive home. But it was such a great event we’ve already signed up to help again next year and some of us may even take part.” A dedicated runner, Jacqui was absolutely thrilled to cross the line in third place. The position made her the fastest lady out of 350 runners and it was her best ever running result, although she admits it was also the most unusual. “Having paint thrown at you was a bit off-putting and washing it out after was quite a challenge too, but it was great knowing we were raising money for a good cause,” she says. The Hospice is hoping for more iPSL volunteering support at the Cycle Cynthia event in September. Last year around 1,300 cyclists took part in the ride, which offers alternative routes from five to 50 miles.