Children’s Hospice South West Business Awards 2013

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CHSW_Business_Awards.jpgMarch 14th saw the CHSW Business Awards for 2013. Hosted by Powderham Castle in Devon, the evening brought nominees together for an evening to look back on past achievements and future goals for the charity.

Kwintessential’s Laura Thornton [far right above] was proud to present an award to Wilkinson St Austell on the evening as winners of the Money Tree Challenge which we sponsored.

The challenge involved teams using their business skills and innovation to generate as much money as possible for Children’s Hospice South West with a £50 start-up donated by Kwintessential.

It was up to the teams to use their business brains and entrepreneurial skills by growing this £50 as much as legally and ethically possible over three months. The team/company that raised the most would be honoured with the Money Tree Challenge Award at the Children’s Hospice South West’s Business Awards.

The Wilkinson team impressively turned their £50 into over £4,000! This was done through a mix of events including quiz night, selling curries to colleagues and all sorts. A very well done!

“The Money Tree Challenge appealed to us on many levels. For one, it tested participants’ entrepreneurial spirit and challenged everyone’s business skills outside of their usual day-to-day roles. We also liked the idea of local businesses competing to be as profit driven as possible, but with a worthy cause at heart. Having teams work together on something like this will also be a great insight for businesses to identify talent”  Neil Payne, Founder of Kwintessential

chsw charity fundraising

CHSW is currently the primary charity we raise funds for. The cause is something close to our hearts and as they are local it’s even more important for us.

To date we have nearly raised £6,000 for the charity and are not going to stop until we hit our target of £15,000! If you would like to help us get over the £6,000 hill please donate here 🙂

For the rest of 2013, we have more plans afoot in terms of supporting and working with the charity including a quiz night in Crewkerne for local businesses, a world record attempt in horseback archery [still in discussions but very exciting] and we are proud to also be entering a team into the UK’s first ever Rainbow Run which will be held in Bristol on 19th May. Please come along and take part, cheer us on or simply donate a few pounds.

What does CHSW do?

Children’s Hospice South West was founded in 1991 by Eddie and Jill Farwell after they experienced for themselves the urgent need for hospice care for children in the South West. Their two eldest children, Katie and Tom, had life-limiting illnesses and they had to travel over four hours from their home in North Devon to Helen House in Oxford, then the country’s only children’s hospice.

In 1995 Little Bridge House, the South West’s first children’s hospice opened its doors to families from across the South West. Little Bridge House very quickly became oversubscribed, which led to the opening of the charity’s second hospice Charlton Farm located just outside Bristol, in 2007.

Their ‘Precious Lives Appeal’ to build a third hospice, in Cornwall, Little Harbour was launched in September 2007. The appeal ended in September 2011 as the £5million target was reached. Little Harbour welcomed our first families through the doors in December 2011.

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