ITEC gets St Peter's Hospice 100 Club off to a great start
By sophia1980 | Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 16:27
Bristol-based print solutions company, Itec, has signed up to the newly launched St Peter's Hospice 100 Club with a pledge to raise thousands of pounds for the local charity.
Lauren Wilcox, Jamie Turner, Dave Curtis and Charntal Gallagher from ITEC are preparing for the race
Itec, based in Whitchurch, is one of the first businesses to sign up to the initiative which asks Bristol companies to get behind the local hospice and collectively raise much-needed funds.
As a first fundraiser, employees at ITEC plan to take part in the upcoming Dragon Boat Race on 22 September at Baltic Wharf, where they will enter four teams and hope to raise a whopping £8000.
Nick Orme, Chief Executive at Itec said: "We have been inspired by the concept of the St Peter's Hospice 100 Club and can't wait to lend our support. We hope that many other Bristol businesses will join this cause and help sustain the work of one of Bristol's great charities."
As the title sponsor of this year's Dragon Boat Race Itec has entered four boats on behalf of St Peter's Hospice, with each team of 16 rowers and a drummer drawn from employees, suppliers and customers, so it is truly a community effort.
Non-rowers will be manning the Itec Events Village and Party Boat on the Harbourside with a live band, refreshments, face painting, caricaturist and Dragon balloon modeller all helping raise additional funds on the day. Over half of the 120 employees at Itec are taking part.
Corporate Fundraiser at St Peter's Hospice Caroline Booth-Morris said: "It is fantastic that Itec has joined our 100 Club and has such ambitious plans for their fundraising efforts. The 100 Club asks companies to try to raise £1000 for us but it looks like ITEC are going above and beyond!
"The 100 Club is a great idea for local businesses that want to support a cause within their community. Bristol is full of businesses that can collectively make a massive impact on the work we are able to carry out. By aiming to raise £1000 in a year they can help us reach our targets and make a real difference to patients and families. We realise that some companies will raise more, like ITEC, and some less – but it's about the collective effort.
"£1000 is achievable for most businesses but absolutely invaluable to us so the idea is that everyone pulls together to help the hospice which helps so many others."
St Peter's Hospice is Bristol's only adult hospice and now in its 35th anniversary year it cares for around 2,670 patients yearly as well as family members. It costs £6.8 million to run the hospice with 77% of that coming from the support of the local community.
The 100 Club is looking for 100 local businesses to sign up and try to raise £1000 for the hospice. It is hoped the initiative will raise £100,000 in much needed funds for the charity. £1000 for the hospice means a community nurse can make 10 home visits to patients or 50 memory boxes could be made to help bereaved children cope with the death of a parent.
Other local businesses already signed up to the club include local hotel DoubleTree by Hilton, Bristol, the Arch House Deli in Clifton and digital media company Sift.
For more information about the St Peter's Hospice 100 Club visit www.stpetershospice.org or call Caroline on 01275 391 448.