Corporate Challengers Get Ready to Compete - East Cheshire Hospice

Corporate Challengers Get Ready to Compete

A gym, a pub and a builders merchants are among the first entrants for this year’s Corporate Challenge.


So far eight teams have signed up to raise as much money as possible for East Cheshire Hospice during May.


We are still looking for more groups to take part and join in the fun!

Each group receives a £100 start-up loan and all profit made by teams from that investment at the end of the month is then donated to the Hospice.

The Ivy Leaf pub has entered, with licensee manager Gavin Wolstenholme asking regulars for ideas in a competition on the pub’s Facebook page.

Gavin and wife Melanie, who have sons Luke and Jake and daughter Kathryn, only took over the pub in the autumn.

Gavin said: “We’re new to the area after moving from Wigan and our priority was to find a local charity to get involved with.

“We want to give the pub a real community feel and lot of our customers recommended the Hospice because they knew people who’d been treated there.”

Hospice Corporate Relationships Manager Kate Bowmar said: “Basically, the challenge is to take £100 and make it grow.

“It isn’t just about raising money for the Hospice. It’s also a team building opportunity and creates a community spirit.

Ivy Leaf licensee manager Gavin Wolstenholme.

“Fundraising is also great way for employees to gain new skills, develop confidence and give something back.

“Obviously, it has to be legal but it’s a chance to use your imagination and business brain and at the same time help our patients.”

Other entrants include health care communications agency Bioscript, winners in 2018 when they made a £2,000 profit.

The Corporate Challenge raised almost £9,000 last year, including £3,240 from winners McCann Health Medical.

The award for the most creative ideas went to digital publishing company Pan European Networks with a Game of Thrones dress down day as part of its fundraising.

The company has also entered this year along with Maccplas builders merchants; recruitment firm Leap29; car finance and loan company Zuto; Equilibrium Asset Management and Silk Fitness Therapy who are undertaking a Born Survivor event.

Prizes will be awarded at a gala evening in June.

* To enter go to or call Kate on 01625 433477 or email


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