As a company, here at Continued Care we are proud to support a range of local charities and organisations who offer vital services in the communities in which our staff live and work.
Over the years our wonderful teams across Harrogate, Ripon and Settle have raised money for the likes of Saint Michael’s Hospice, the Harrogate Homeless Project, Canine Partners, arts and health charity Pioneer Projects in Settle, Pannal Sports Junior Football Club, and healthcare charity Leeds Cares.
A particular focus for our fundraising is always our Charity of the Year, and for 2021 this is Martin House Hospice for Children and Young People. Based in Boston Spa near Wetherby, Martin House offers support, rest and practical help to families caring for a child or young person with a short life expectancy.
Many of our staff members have been organising or taking part in activities to help raise money for this worthwhile organisation, and so far we have raised more than £3,000.
The most ambitious fundraiser yet has been a nine-mile hike up and down Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. On Saturday, July 3rd, Sam, Gareth, Iona, Gary, Mike, Dave and Megan – representing all three of Continued Care’s offices – set off in mild but overcast weather, collecting fresh spring water and making lots of friends (including a fireman wearing a full tank!) on their way to the summit. According to Iona, the team spirit was amazing, and the walk was both awesome and hard work with some breathtaking scenery along the way.
We are so proud of our ‘Ben Nevis Trekkers’ who have raised more than £2,000 so far. A huge well done to them all!
Meanwhile, Terrie Cass from our Ripon branch has nearly reached the £500 mark in her fundraising challenge for Martin House after taking part in the Total Warrior event on July 10th. We’re not sure how she managed it, but she completed a 6km course featuring obstacles with daunting names such as Peaks of Pain, The Plunge and The Human BBQ. Amazing effort Terrie!
And last month, our area manager Mike Herrington helped raise £600 for Martin House after organising a Charity Fishing Match. The hard-fought competition saw Mike himself crowned overall winner with a total catch weight of 78lb and 15oz. There was also a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses including angling supplies and a farm shop meat voucher. Well done to Mike and everyone who took part or supported the event!
We’re looking forward to more fundraising activities for Martin House as the year goes on, including a Christmas Raffle.