Companies were rewarded for their charity support at the Demelza Business Awards on Friday (6 May).
The annual event is a chance for Demelza to thank its corporate supporters for their fundraising and was supported by Natwest.
Demelza parent Lawrence Cullinane spoke about his experience of the charity at the event at the Dartford Hilton.
Kings Hill based Kimberley Clark won the Outstanding Voluntary Project award for their work in the garden at Demelza Kent
in Sittingbourne. The team planted, painted, created an outdoor sensory wall and generally transformed the outside area to make it a more useable, friendly space.
The Outstanding Corporate Supporter award went to NatWest Commercial which has offices in Bromley, Croydon, Canterbury, Dartford and Maidstone. The company set a challenge to raise £100,000 for Demelza across five regional teams. From skydives to marathons and bike rides to fundraising events with customers, with sheer determination, hard work and dedication this company achieved this formidable target.
Medway based Multifire have saved Demelza over £6,000 a year by providing
planned preventative fire alarm maintenance to our Kent and Eltham hospices at no cost.
Recently, this company went one step further and replaced all of the 259 fire alarm field devices at Sittingbourne, an estimated cost saving of £10,000. This generosity earned Multifire the Corporate Gift in Kind award.
Natalie Vooght from East London based Markit won Staff Fundraiser of the Year
Natalie took on a huge challenge along with a colleague and walked the 50km between our two hospices in Sittingbourne and Eltham in under 10 hours. She smashed her £500 fundraising target, devoting hours to fundraising and training over the six months before the walk to raise thousands. Alongside this she organised colleagues to volunteer across both hospices and asked her employer to donate goods to be used at events for both the children and as goody bag prizes.
Fundraising Team of the Year went to Berkeley Homes (based in Kidbrooke and Woolwich Arsenal).
Berkeley Homes has supported Demelza for a number of years and have raised over £250,000 to date through their annual football tournament, taking part in lots of sporting challenges and from staff signing up to payroll giving. They have taken part in events such as climbing Ben Nevis, the 2015 Prudential Ride London, the 2016 London Marathon and most recently a team of four cycled from our hospice in Sittingbourne to Amsterdam. It’s almost impossible to single out one person from this amazing team but special mention must be made for Andy Wallis who has completed four challenges and Andy Carson who has completed three.
Vauxhall-based Axis Europe won Outstanding Long-term Supporter.
Axis Europe have been working with Demelza since 2004 and have raised almost half a million pounds. From an annual ball and volunteering days to lots of staff fundraising for our Go Dotty campaign week, they have made an incredible impact to Demelza as we’ve grown and expanded over the last 12 years.
Charlotte Jones, New Business and Accounts Executive at Demelza said: “The Business Awards gives us a great opportunity to personally thank our amazing corporate supporters for giving so much time both in terms of fundraising and volunteering. This support makes a huge difference to the services we provide to families across the South East.”
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