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Corporate Challenge Raises £97,016 for Pendleside Hospice

The 2017 Pendleside Corporate Challenge was celebrated in style last week with a spectacular awards ceremony at the Burnley Mechanics Theatre. Following four months of hard work by 28 local businesses and organisations, the total amount raised was revealed. Each starting the challenge with £50, the teams managed to raise an incredible £97,016.66 for Pendleside Hospice.

The Corporate Challenge was sponsored by Charter Walk, with the awards hosted by 2BR’s own Simon Brierley. The event opened with free drinks, including prosecco (what’s an event without prosecco?) and Burnley’s own premium Batch gin, in celebration of International Gin and Tonic Day. Guests enjoyed an excellent selection of mouth-watering canapes, before the night kicked off and attendees took their seats for dinner.

Incredible support from local businesses

Our own MD and Pendleside Hospice trustee, Dave Walker, kicked off the ceremony with a brilliant speech about the dedication of the people involved in the Corporate Challenge, the vital work the Hospice does, and above all, the community spirit that made the night possible.

Through the night, the amazing work of the nominees was recognised and celebrated, with the whole event serving as a reminder of the importance of Pendleside to our local community. There was entertainment from Ian Lavin, a phenomenal magician with a few tricks up his sleeve. Along with Ian, guests were also treated to the stunning voice of local singer, Josh Hindle, as well as an auction run by Dave and PM+M‘s Neil Welsh.

It was a fantastic evening that we were delighted to be a part of. With Pendleside’s 30th anniversary coming up next year, we can’t wait to get started with Corporate Challenge 2018! To find out more and get involved, head to the Pendleside Hospice website.

The Awards

Rising Star Award (sponsored by Burnley FC in the Community, presented by Ryan Bradley): Matt Smith, VEKA

Innovation Award (sponsored by Physiofusion, presented by Amanda Helliwell): Hole in a Onesie, Pendle Engineering

Best Event Award (sponsored by PM+M, presented by Helen Binns): Car Wash & Family Fun Day, Colne Tyre Centre

#PendlesideCorp Award (sponsored by +24 Marketing, presented by Sam Keenan): West Craven Insurance Services

Best Female Performance Award (sponsored by Tesco, Burnley, presented by Billie Jean Horne): Janet Barnes, Burnley & Pendle Slimming World

Judges Special Award for Exceptional Fundraising Efforts: Kaila Kirwan

Best Male Performance Award (Petty Estate & Letting Agents, presented by Ian Bythell): Neil Welsh, PM+M

LOL Award (sponsored by acdc, presented by Gareth Frankland): Bernie the Dog’s Kisses, Pendle Engineering

Fundraiser of the Year (sponsored by Slimming World, presented by Janine Banister): Ellie Stockwell

Team Spirit Award (sponsored by Hardy Services, presented by Warren Birnie): acdc

Best Newcomer (presented by Carolyn Booth, Maria Lee, Business in the Community): VEKA

Most Raised Award (sponsored by +24 Marketing, presented by Dave Walker): Burnley & Pendle Slimming World

Corporate Challenge Champion Award 2017 (presented by Karen McIntyre, Charter Walk Shopping Centre): acdc