A group of Rossendale businesses successfully raised over £5,680 for Rossendale Hospice to mark its thirtieth anniversary.
This year Rossendale Hospice is celebrating 30 years of providing specialist care to patients, and their families, with life-limiting conditions.
To commemorate the anniversary the hospice worked with the Rossendale Hospice Corporate Ambassadors Group and invited local companies to get involved in its inaugural Business Challenge. As well as competing for the most funds raised, the businesses were competing for five other award categories.
The Business Challenge, which launched earlier this year, was sponsored by local accountants and business advisers Cassons, part of the Baldwins Group, which has supported the charity for the past four years. The Business Challenge Awards ceremony was kindly hosted by Valley at Work as part of the Rossendale Business Awards.
Firms who pledged to take part in the Business Challenge were given a £50 investment fund and 10 weeks to raise as much money as they could for the hospice, using their entrepreneurial and team building skills.
Head of Fundraising at Rossendale Hospice, Clare Richards, said: “Over the last three decades the demand on hospice services has grown significantly. The cost of providing this care has increased by 603 per cent in the last 20 years alone. Rossendale Hospice now costs just under £1 million a year to run and many families in the valley depend on it.
“The challenge was created not only to raise funds for the hospice but also to bring local businesses together in their support for the Hospice. I would like to say thank you to all of the firms that took part in the challenge and we’re hoping that we can beat the total raised in next year’s challenge.”