The Mayday team have raised over £3,700 for Katharine House Hospice and BYHP (Banbury Young Homelessness Project)!
Many of you may be aware of these two great local charities that do so much good work in our community. Without people donating funds, these charities would not be able to continue providing the much needed services they deliver for us.
Katharine House Hospice provides specialist palliative care for almost 300 people and their families facing life limiting conditions across North Oxfordshire, South Northamptonshire and South Warwickshire at any one time. Whilst caring for people at end of life, they also offer respite care and support for symptom management and pain relief. Their care is not just about managing the physical symptoms of disease. They know that people and their families need emotional and spiritual support too. Whilst many of their patients come in to the hospice, they care for many more in their own homes, care homes or in the hospital.
BYHP works with Young People aged 13-25 who are not in education, employment or training or are homeless, inappropriately housed or at risk of becoming homeless. They are staffed by qualified and experienced workers and volunteers who want to end youth homelessness in North Oxfordshire. BYHP wants to make sure young people grow up with the support they need whatever their background. They have been recognised for excellence in their field, winning the Queens’ Award for Voluntary Services in 2012 and being awarded the Children and Young People Now prize for Advice and Guidance in 2013.
This year, Mayday committed to raising funds for these two great charities and worked hard to organise events and take part in challenges, as well as other money raising ideas. These included lots of cake baking, selling office and home items, dress down days and donations from the team. We also offered our clients a ‘rent a consultant’ service which allowed them to have a Mayday consultant work for them for the day, with the full invoice charge going to the charities.
In April, Mayday hosted a charity football match at Banbury United. It was a lovely sunny day with lots of friends and family coming out to support the event. The Mayday team ran out 3-1 winners against Clamps Champs in a great game enjoyed by all. We had a BBQ and a really good raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses and sports clubs.
In July, three members of the Mayday team and a friend took on the Three Peaks Challenge. The task involves climbing the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland, within 24 hours. These are Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis. Celia, Marcus and Christian had to endure some pretty extreme weather conditions during the climbs and manged the complete all three in 23 hours. They came back nursing the aches, pains and sore feet that you may expect from such a trial.
We are proud to have raised over £3,700 for our charity partners this year and we are already planning more fundraising events and activities for 2017. As a local business, we recognise that giving something back to the community and raising awareness of these great charities is a really important part of what we do.
Please follow the links below to find out more about Katharine House Hospice and BYHP.