Matt Stuttard and Dave Edmonson with Helen McVey and Cristina Cope of Pendleside Hospice

Matt Stuttard and Dave Edmonson with Helen McVey and Cristina Cope of Pendleside Hospice

Businesses from around Burnley and Pendle have been raising money for Pendleside Hospice this summer as part of its Corporate MEGA Raisathon raising a staggering £35,500 in total.

Held during the pandemic as a replacement for the Pendleside Corporate Challenge, 30 businesses registered for the event, which was sponsored by JM Glendinning Blackburn.

Matt Stuttard, patron of Pendleside Hospice and MD of JM Glendinning Blackburn said, “We are delighted to support the MEGA Raisathon because as a business we like to give back to the community which we serve. I’m pleased that so much money has been raised for Pendleside at a time when revenue for the hospice has been so badly hit by the pandemic. The restrictions that have been in force during the last 18 months have had a massive impact on the fundraising that would normally have taken place.”

During the MEGA Raisathon teams have been sponsored for a whole range of challenges including the Yorkshire Three Peaks, ‘Bushtucker’ Trials, repeatedly walking up Pendle Hill near Burnley so many times it was the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest, and a golf day.

Christina Cope, head of Pendleside’s corporate fundraising, said: “We are so grateful for all of the businesses who took part. Because of the Covid restrictions most of the fundraising has been in the great outdoors and to raise the total amount of £35,580 is amazing.

“The netwalking events we held to launch and end the MEGA Raisathon have proven to be so popular we hope to run them throughout the year. A netwalk is a very informal and healthy way of mixing business with pleasure where people can share their business experiences by chatting during a walk in our beautiful countryside.”

“Hopefully, next year we will see the return of the Corporate Challenge which lasts throughout the summer and in 2019 raised a staggering amount of over £147,000.”