Thanks to all those who have donated watches for PiR’s charity initiative, we’ve had an excellent response so far! To build on this positive momentum, we are continuing to collect unwanted watches (working or not) which will then auctioned to raise funds for our charity of the year, the Teenage CancerTrust.
The inspiration behind this creative idea is committed fundraiser Pat Cole. She was touched by the story of the teenager, Harriet (Harry) Eldridge, who successfully underwent cancer treatment. It was Harry’s plight of finding herself in a children’s cancer ward, surrounded by terminally ill patients, which got Pat interested and fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust. The watch idea followed “As an experienced fundraiser, I know how increasingly tough it can be to ask people for financial donations” commented Pat. “I wanted to find a different way of raising funds and the watch idea came to me during a light bulb moment over a glass of wine one evening! I circulated the idea amongst friends and, over the years, we have raised over £15,000. Many of us have an unused watch, working or broken, in a drawer somewhere and that proved to be the case”.
Helen Bearfield-Swift, Regional Fundraising Manager for East Anglia said; “Harry’s story is not unusual. Traditionally treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives, young people can feel extremely isolated, some never meeting another young person with cancer. Being treated alongside others their own age can make a huge difference to their whole experience. Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the seven young people aged between 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer every day. We fund and build specialist units in NHS hospitals and provide dedicated staff, bringing young people together so they can be treated by teenage cancer experts in the best place for them. We want every young person with cancer to have access to this specialist support, no matter where they live. Pat’s novel idea demonstrates a creative way to raise funds, without actually asking people for cash. We are delighted that PiR are picking up on this idea and communicating it to their wide reach of contacts, along with the other fund raising they are doing for Teenage Cancer Trust during 2015.”
Carolyn Douthwaite, Founder of PiR commented “We are delighted to be fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust this year. I do hope many of you will donate a watch, working or broken, to this worthwhile cause. Some of the PiR team have recently taken part in the Woburn Cycletta Bike Ride working towards a target of £2000. Additional fund raising from the watch campaign will be hugely appreciated by everyone concerned.”
HOW TO DONATE YOUR UNWANTED WATCH/ES
• By post:
Send it in a jiffy bag to: PiR Resourcing, 14B Raleigh House, Compass Point Business Park, St Ives, Cambs PE27 5JL [please enclose your name and contact details]
If there are a number to collect, contact Marion Wilford at PiR Resourcing on T. 01480 499580 – who will organise for their collection.
• Personal delivery to PiR Resourcing’s offices at:
14B Raleigh House, Compass Point Business Park, St Ives, Cambridge PE27 5JL
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