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- Corporate Challenge

Corporate Challenge 2021 ??? 

We have plans in place for a MEGARAISEATHON in the Summer of 2021....we will update this page in late February 

Corporate Challenge 2020

The challenge was cancelled this year due to the Covid Pandemic

Here is some information how it normally operates
Corporate Challenge runs from June to September 

We would like to invite you to take part in the Pendleside Hospice Corporate Challenge.

We began Corporate Challenge in 2016 and were delighted at the interest from our local business community with 26 companies signing up and collectively raising the phenomenal amount of £85,570 in just 4 months. This was truly astounding and shows what can be achieved when we all work together towards a common goal.  In 2019 we had 
47 businesses signed up and raised an outstanding £146,328. !!

The concept of Corporate Challenge is simple; we ask your team to raise as much money as you can within a four month period (1st June – 30th September).  There are lots of ways you can do this and we really don’t mind what you do as long as it’s ethical and legal!  Suggestions include dress down days, bake sales, raffles etc, or you could enter individuals or a team into one of our organised events such as Pendle Pub Walk, Burnley 10K or new for 2020 join in our Sky Dive!
All sponsor money raised is credited to your overall fundraising amount.  Every employee that joins our Pendleside Lottery during the qualifying period will also be credited to your fundraising amount and for every bag of good quality clothing donated to our shops from your employees (within your work place and collected by us) will receive a £3.50 credit to your fundraising total!  So, you see, it really is easy for the funds to mount up. 

To celebrate the end of the challenge we will be holding an awards event in November where the winners in the various categories will be presented with their well-earned trophies.  We present 13 awards in total so there is the opportunity to win an award even if you are not the company with the most raised. The awards evening is also a great opportunity to network and socialise with all the other teams taking part.

We give great support to participating companies by giving them fundraising packs to include items such as pull up banners, t-shirts and hospice merchandise.  We also provide ongoing support throughout the challenge and our leader board, published every two weeks encourages the competition element between participating businesses.  We will also be holding regular free of charge breakfast meetings throughout the fundraising period to keep you all informed of what’s happening with Corporate Challenge and for you to meet and network with the other businesses to find out their plans too. The first of these is a Valentines themed breakfast meeting at Pendleside Hospice Friday 14th February 8.00am.  

As well as raising much needed funds for Pendleside Hospice, Corporate Challenge has some great benefits for your organisation too such as team building, inter­dep­ar­tmental working, publicity and positive PR and commitment to your CSR policy.  You can also be assured that the money you raise will be helping people living and working in our community who need our help and support following the devastating diagnosis of a life limiting illness.

We'd love to sign up more businesses for 2020 so please get in touch

Christina Cope Head of Corporate Fundraising or Jo Applegate Fundraiser at Pendleside Hospice 
Sign up for Corporate Challenge 2020 give me a call 01282 440103 or  fill in the application form  and return to Christina.cope @­pendleside.­org.­uk

Corporate Challenge Business Profiles

Quotes from teams who took part in 2019. 

Corporate Challenge Comments


Lisa Waterworth  - Gift Creations

It has been a pleasure to take part in such a worthwhile cause and challenge. Thank you for letting me be a part of it.


Matt  - Fuelcard Services

Our finalised funds are attached – We have ended up on £10,096.50

It has been a pleasure taking part for such a fantastic cause J  


Jennifer-louise James – Chillico

I just want to say that it’s been an absolute pleasure this year and we planned for a £500.00 target and we are overwhelmed that we have raised so much!!!

All in all, it has been a pleasure to have been a part of the corporate challenge. We as a team have learned ever so much about each other and the fantastic work that Pendleside Hospice do and will certainly be a part of the next years Corporate Challenge

Adam Patterson Safran Nacelles’

“This is Safran Nacelles’ first year in the corporate challenge, and I have been so proud to see the energy and enthusiasm of our staff as they support the Hospice. We’ve raised £4,000 this year, and I’m confident that we will build on this in 2020. This is the first time for years that we have had a corporate charity for the entire business, and it has brought out the best of our people and teams, who have worked together in creative and innovative ways to support this great cause. We have also been grateful for the time Pendleside have spent to speak to our staff about the services and support they provide to so many local people. It’s a fantastic organisation, who do so much great work, and they are a big part of our local community.”


Marc Kirker - Winner of the 2019 LOL Award -  written by Phoebe Wright Marketing Manager


We would love to congratulate Marc Kirker for being a great sport! He’s not just the comedian every day in the office, he has been recognised by Pendleside Hospice as well.

This award really reflects how we are as a company, just because we work in insurance it doesn't mean we're boring! The entire team love a good laugh, we have to cope somehow!

If you don’t know who we are, Spencer Hayes Group are here to take away the stress with your businesses' insurance needs and give you complete peace of mind by making your business more resilient.

We had a fantastic fundraiser night with our contacts, clients, supportive suppliers and an amazing evening at the awards night.

Thank you to Christina for guiding us along the way and arranging such a fantastic event. It's been a great success and we cannot wait to get started for next year's challenge.




People seen sharing posts - in it for everyone together – Bringing everyone together not just one business. Excellent publicity.  Good having talks from hospice departments.

Focus on companies involved in the challenge. Corporate spot light.


Tailor-made – Vicky Fort

Great for publicity for our business.  Its helped with our brand awareness

WINNER: Best event – Dog Show

Winning this award means the absolute world to us.  We all love our dogs and the Pendleside Hospice so combining the two with the Dog show was a win win for us.  We all came together as a team to make our fundraising a huge success this year and to be recognised for that with our Best Event award is amazing.  Thank you so much.

WINNER: Corporate Challenge Enabler

I never imagined for one minute that I would even be nominated for this award, let alone win it.  This is the first year I’ve been involved with the corporate challenge and I have loved every minute.  The hospice is an organisation very close to Tailor Made’s hearts and as a team we all worked incredibly hard to raise over £7,000.  The support I RECEIVED FORM MY WORK FAMILY AT Tailor Made, the local and business community has been phenomenal, so I would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you to them!  Looking forward to next year’s corporate challenge.




Protec – Carmel Tong

Really brought our whole company together.

Mutually beneficial

Protec were very proud to be a part of the Corporate Challenge this year in addition to being a patron of the Hospice too.
I know we have taken the challenge on in the past and it wasn’t about beating anyone else (although SW was mentioned a lot in comparison). It was a little competition with ourselves, to see if we could raise more than last time.  Andy we did just that!
Every single company and the individuals that have taken part and contributed to the Hospice as a whole were winners in our eyes. Not just those who won something.  The award at the end was just the little cherry on top for us.  We all see what the money raised goes to and how much it mans, but having that award back was a great little boost for our employees and it was lovely to be recognised in so many categories for the challenge awards as a whole.  It has become quite a talking point and has started generation some ideas to possibly joining the challenge again next year and hopefully help raise even more.

Thank you for the Award, Commendation, the continued support and networking opportunities this challenge brought to us.

PM +M Helen Binns

Team bonding within our organisation

Chillico  - Jennifer Louise

Eye opening about the fact that Pendleside isn’t just where you go to die.


Hosting the Corporate Challenge and seeing the lengths these businesses have gone to in their fundraising efforts makes me extremely proud to be part of the Hospice.

Helen McVey, CEO of Pendleside Hospice

To raise such a huge amount over just four months of fundraising is just incredible and to raise £60,000 more than last year has blown me away.

We’re so grateful to have had a number of prominent local businesses taking part in the challenge and getting so much commitment from all their members of staff. The Corporate Challenge isn’t just about raising much-needed funds for the Hospice – it brings numerous benefits to the businesses including team-building, networking, publicity and helping to meet corporate and social respon­sibi­lities.

We can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring.

Christina Cope Head of Corporate

Date for your Diary 

Please come along to our Roaring 20's Corporate Challenge Awards Evening
Friday 6th November at Crow Wood Hotel, Burnley

The evening, will be hosted by BBC Radio Lancashire's presenter Simon Brierley.
Tickets include a 2 course meal and arrival drink £40 per person.  e-mail [email protected] to book tables of 10  - you will be sent an invoice for £400


November 2019

Pendleside Corporate Challenge raises an incredible £146,732

 An amazing £146,732 was raised by more than 40 businesses during the Pendleside Hospice Corporate Challenge 2019 which ran for four months during the summer.

The amount was revealed at a glitzy awards ceremony at Burnley Mechanics which was attended by more than 200 people.

And taking centre stage for the fourth year running winning the award for most money raised were Burnley and Pendle members of Slimming World who raised an incredible £41,300 – taking their total over the last four years to £109,732.

Slimming World consultant and lead fundraiser Janet Barnes said: “There’s absolutely no way we could have done this without the help of our 1,500 members across Burnley and Pendle. Every single one has contributed towards this total.

“We’re lucky that we have such a big team that all pulls together to bring in such amazing totals each year, it makes me very proud! We’ve already got some plans in place for what we’re going to do next year, we can’t wait to get going!”

The other major prize went to BCW Manufacturing Group who won the Judges’ Award for Overall Corporate Challenge Champion. The judges said: “BCW totally embraced the concept of the challenge from the very launch to the very last day. Every single week they had something going on to raise funds within their organisation.”


BCW also collected the Digital Marketing award.

Another company to pick up a brace of trophies was Tailor Made Sourcing who were awarded the prize for Best Event with their popular dog show and Enabler Of The Year which was won by senior commercial consultant Vicky Fort.

Vicky said: “I am absolutely delighted and as a team we have worked hard and raised over £7,300.”

During the awards the full realisation of the services offered by Pendleside Hospice was emotionally described by Cheryl Husband whose daughter Rachel was cared for at Pendleside before she passed away aged only 21.

Helen McVey, chief executive at Pendleside, said: “Businesses in the Burnley and Pendle area are so very very special in their support of Pendleside Hospice. Each year they amaze us by the amounts they raise in the Corporate Challenge.”

She added: “It costs more than £4million each year to run Pendleside of which only 22 per cent is funded by the NHS. The other three million plus is raised through the generous contributions of the local community and the corporate challenge helps enormously.”

And Christina Cope, head of corporate fundraising who organised the event, said: “I would like to thank each and every one who raised every penny towards this year’s corporate challenge.

“The businesses who took part again came up with some fabulous and innovative ideas to raise money during the summer and on the night everyone was a winner for their efforts.”

This year’s corporate challenge was sponsored by Stitch It and their MD Mark Robinson. The awards were compered by Radio Lancashire presenter Simon Brierley and the trophies were designed and manufactured by Pendle Engineering.


Corporate Challenge Champion: BCW Manufacturing Group (Sponsored by Stitch-It)

Most Raised Overall: Slimming World (Viva PR)

Best Event: Tailor Made Sourcing Dog Show (Colne Tyre Centre)

Innovation: BNI Kudos Sailing Challenge (Fuel Card Services)

Small Business Of The Year: Business First (BCW Manufacturing Group)

Large Business Of The Year: Protec (Colne Tyre Centre)

Laugh Out Loud Moment: Spencer Hayes Group. Mark Kirker – Chest Wax (Ginception)

Team Spirit Award: Safran (Chilleco UK & Boss Catering)

Fundraiser Of The Year: Helen Binns, of PM+M and BNI Kudos (Tesco, Burnley)

Rising Star: Bradley Frayling, of Store First (Colne Networking)

Digital Marketing: BCW Manufacturing Group (+24 Marketing)

Best Newcomer: Chilleco UK & Boss Catering (Slimming World)

Corporate Challenge Enabler: Vicky Fort, of Tailor Made Sourcing (PM+M)