St Gemma’s year-end round up
13th December 2018
How we fundraised for St Gemma’s Hospice in 2018
St Gemma’s Hospice cares for people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, offers on-going support to family members and has its own palliative care research centre. It’s a charity particularly close to Miranda, our General Manager’s heart as one of her family members was cared for in the hospice. All services are free of charge and it costs £9 million per year to run the hospice, so they rely solely on the help of sponsors and donors to raise the much-needed funds.
Throughout our time as a Charity of the Year partner, we took on a whole variety of challenges to raise money towards our target of £1,500.
‘Swimming the Channel’
Our Project Manager Luke completed his ‘Swim the Channel’ challenge, swimming 2,688 lengths in his local pool in Leeds. He started off whizzing through the lengths but as the weeks went by it got tougher. However, as the donations rolled in, he became more motivated and finished his challenge at the start of June.
Leeds Ninja Challenge
While still completing his swimming challenge, Luke and Emily, our Marketing Manager, took on the ‘Leeds Ninja Challenge’. Think Total Wipeout… They crawled through nets, swung across monkey bars and jumped over giant bouncy balls in a 5km obstacle race.
Turn Back Time Ball
2018 was a huge milestone for Andiamo! as we also celebrated our 30th anniversary! To celebrate we invited employees past and present to St Gemma’s Turn Back Time Ball.
Our Projects Team Leader Jane is a seasoned runner, having completed 3 marathons in the last few years. This time she took part in the 10-mile Cannon Hall Dash on Wednesday 9th May in her home town of Barnsley to raise money towards our target.
Amy and Emily took on the Leeds 10k on Sunday 8th July. It was a scorching 29 degrees but with copious amounts of water to drink and being poured on their heads, and their colleagues cheering them on they made it round in just over an hour.
Yorkshire Three Peaks
In August Emily also completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in 10 hours and 34 minutes.
Of course, fundraising doesn’t need to be physically challenging. The whole team has also taken part in lots of fun activities in the office such as a world cup sweepstake, dress down days or dress up days in the case of Halloween and we’ve just channeled our inner bakers and had a bake sale.
We’ve all been doing this both to raise money to keep St Gemma’s Hospice running and to raise awareness of the amazing support they provide. Every donation helps and we really appreciate your generosity in supporting us, whatever the sum. Please sponsor us for all of the challenges we completed in 2018 and help us to reach or smash our target of £1,500 for St Gemma’s Hospice.
This is what your sponsor money pays for:
- £250 could pay for a St Gemma’s community nurse to visit and support a patient in their own home.
- £450 could pay for a full day of care for a patient staying in St Gemma’s In-Patient Unit.
- £750 could pay for 10 complementary therapy sessions for a patient or carer, such as massage, aromatherapy or hypnotherapy.
It’s not too late to donate! Help us smash our target and support this amazing charity by donating on our Virgin Money Giving page.