Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Firms Raise Pounds 30,000 for Charity

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Firms Raise Pounds 30,000 for Charity

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A CORPORATE charity challenge has raised pounds 30,000 for two local charities.

Accounting, tax and business recovery experts Vantis launched its inaugural Tees Valley Vantis Corporate Challenge earlier this year.

This is the first year that Vantis, which has offices based in 17 locations across the UK, including Darlington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough, has run the event in the Tees Valley region.

More than 50 Tees Valley companies signed up to the event and pledged their support. Teams then spent three months raising as much money as possible for Zoe's Place Baby Hospice and Hartlepool and District Hospice, using their initial pounds 50 starter cash from Vantis.

The only condition was that the fundraising activities had to be done both ethically and legally.

Martin Barber, client partner at Vantis in Tees Valley, thanked all the challengers involved for their dedicated fundraising efforts.

"Collectively, the two hospices need to raise pounds 6 per minute to continue offering their invaluable services, which are free of charge to all patients and their families.

"As a result of the companies generously giving their time and resources, they have directly contributed to the local community, by supporting two highly regarded charities and the work they do - something we should all be very proud of."

The fundraising activities included bungee jumping, canoeing, cake baking, knitting and hiking.

Vantis employee Tracy Sykes, even shaved off all her hair, raising more than pounds 3,000 for the charities.

At the award ceremony held at mima in Middlesbrough, companies gathered to be in with a chance of winning one of three top awards.

The award for the Most Money Raised was presented to Jane West and Mike Clarke from Teesside Shopping Park, whose team managed to raise a staggering pounds 3,610.37.

The Most Innovative Idea title was picked up by a five-strong team from Archers Law. Partner Alastair Smith and his team set themselves the tough challenge of canoeing up the east coast from Teesside to Newcastle, which helped to raise more than pounds 1,000. …

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