Earlier this year Kelsall Steele signed up as a ‘Business Champion’ – a pledge meaning that we would aim to raise £1,000 over the course of the coming year in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and their current appeal in benefit of The Cove Cancer Support Centre for Cornwall.
Macmillan’s aim is to sign up 100 local ‘Business Champions‘ who will each pledge to raise £1,000 over the year towards the ultimate target of £1 million – 100 businesses achieving this target would mean £100,000 towards the cause, a tenth of the target amount!
Here at Kelsall Steele we have been running a number of fundraising ideas such as dress down days, and sweepstakes on the 6 Nations and Grand National.
Very pleased to officially say that we have reached, and surpassed our £1,000 target for Macmillan: The Cove this year!! In total we’ve raised: £1,256.11
Along with Kelsall Steele’s £200 donation instead of Christmas Cards this year, our final dress down Friday/Xmas Jumper day raised £55 which helped push over way over the target.
Below are some details and results of the fundraising we’ve been doing, keep an eye as we will be updating this page with our latest efforts and hopefully filling that thermometer to the top!
On Friday 25th September we took part in Macmillan’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning‘. Staff baked a range of cakes, including Chocolate & Guinness, brownies and top hat buns! We also had a range of fresh coffees and chocolates available.
In total for the day we raised £79.63
Boy or Girl?
Leanne in our OMB accounts team is expecting a baby next year. She had the opportunity at a recent scan to find out if she was having a boy or girl, so we devised a small sweepstake by asking staff to guess ‘Boy’ or ‘Girl’ for a 50p donation and the chance to win a bottle of wine! We were pleased to find out Leanne is expecting a boy! Julia was picked from the winning ‘Boy’ pot and we raised £9 towards our fund.
Rugby World Cup Sweepstake!
The Rugby World Cup kicked off on the 18th September, and it wouldn’t be right to pass on this opportunity for a sweepstakes, so that’s what we did. In fact ,as there are only 20 teams in the World Cup, we decided to hold two sweepstakes. For a £2 entry, participants get to pick a team – if their team wins the world cup, they will win £20! With two draws, this adds £40 to our total
Our total continues to grow thanks to the generosity of our staff members. Carol Richards from our Corporate team is undertaking a degree with the Open University. As part of the degree she’s required to purchase a number of books which cover the course material. Brand new books can be very expensive, so luckily for Carol she was able to source the required material second hand – however, the chap she bought the books off would not accept cash and suggested Carol donate the value of the books to charity – so that’s what she’s done. Carol’s donation adds another £60 towards our total. Just over £400 left to go!!
We held a sweepstake on this year’s Eurovision Song Contest by picking how many points the UK will score. For a £1 donation, participants picked a random score from 0 to 41+ (we only went up to 41, UK were never going to do that well!) with the winning score at the end of the night taking a prize of £15 and the remaining pot going to our Macmillan fund. With the UK achieving the massive score of 5 points(!) our winner was Sandy who generously donated her £15 winnings back to the Cove Appeal – in total we raised £38 through the sweepstake.
Cornwall Business Fair
At this year’s Cornwall Business Fair we took along some publicity for the Cove Appeal and asked for donations in return for our Kelsall Steele Piggy Banks and to play our Hook-a-duck game. We were able to raise £18.91 on the day which now pushes our total over £400!
Gill’s Birthday Collection
One of our long serving staff members, Gill Vokes recently celebrated her 50th birthday. Gill wanted to do something towards our fundraising efforts for The Cove and so donated her Birthday to the cause! Gill asked guests at her Birthday party to make donations instead of gifts, we also held a staff collection which Gill asked to be put towards our target as well. All together, Gill raised a massive £180 in donations, a really fantastic achievement! We’re very grateful to Gill and all her friends and family who donated.
Dress Down Friday
Every Friday we allow staff to ‘dress down’ in their casual clothes, and for this privilege we ask for a suggested donation of £1 towards the Cove appeal. With most staff taking part each week, so far we have raised over £120 through dress down Fridays alone.
Rugby 6 Nations Sweepstake
Another fundraising idea we ran in the office was a sweepstake on all 5 of the England games during the six nations. For a £1 donation, participants got to pick a ‘points difference’ from the hat, if the game ended with a difference in points equal to their chosen pick they won half the collected pot, with the other half going towards our Macmillan fund. Through this we raised £75
Grand National Sweepstake
We ran a sweepstake on this years Grand national; £1 donation to pick a horse with prizes for those horses coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The sweepstake helped raise another £10 towards the cause.