Colchester: £50 Challenge For Hospice

Businesses in Colchester are being challenged to turn £50 into thousands for St Helena Hospice.

Over the summer, businesses that have registered to take part in the Birkett Long £50 Challenge have been working to raise as much money as possible for the Hospice. At the challenge's launch event in Highwoods, each participating business was given a crisp £50 note to kick-start their fundraising activities. All money raised will go straight to St Helena Hospice.

There are now less than four weeks left until the challenge ends on September 7th. But the fun is by no means over yet with lots more events and activities taking place over the next four weeks from lucky dips to skid pan driving, a pamper evening and a talent contest!

St Helena Hospice was established in 1985 and provides specialist care services for patients and their families living in North and parts of North East Essex who have progressive, life threatening illness.

After three months of summer fundraising fun, challenge sponsors Birkett Long and St Helena Hospice will be holding a special awards ceremony in October, and presenting awards to those involved for a number of categories such as ‘Most Money Raised’, ‘Most Innovative Idea’ and ‘Outstanding teamwork’. There are still many events to come:

August 2012

Sun 19th 2pm, Mosaic Publicity’s Summertime Charity BBQ, West Mersea. Minimum donation £10. Please contact Gemma on 01206 548100 to book.

Fri 24th 12-2pm, Enable East Summer Picnic @ The Severalls Site. £4 entry including sandwiches, nibbles, cake and drink. Please book your tickets in advance by contacting Charlie Woods on 01206 287587.

Thurs 30th Aug – Fri 31st Aug, Boydens Sales & Lettings 24 hour Cyclothon. Please show your support and sponsor them here

Thurs 30th Aug, Horizon Construction’s 410 mile sponsored bike ride from Colchester to Land’s End. Please show your support and sponsor them here

September 2012

Sat 1st 10.30-5.30pm, Colchester Free Oyster Festival, Upper Castle Park. All profits are being donated to the challenge.

Sat 1st 7pm, Celebrations Creations & Great Deals Charity Evening with hog roast, live singer & disco at Marks Tey Village Hall. £15 per ticket. Raffle prizes total over £1,000 of goodies. Call 01206 228244 to book.

Sat 1st & Sun 2nd, 3 hour Skid Pan Driving Experience at All Driver Training Skid Pan in Kelvedon, Essex. £80 per ticket including bbq and unlimited soft drinks. Please contact Fliss for more info on 07850 011181.

Sun 2nd, Rodneys Barbers Sponsored Walk. 13 miles around Mersea Island. Please call in at the shop, 3 Church Walk to sponsor.

Wed 5th 4pm-6pm Perceptions Coaching Networking Afternoon Tea with live music @ St Helena Hospice. Please book please visit http://fun-draizers-at-perceptions-coaching- or call Damian on 07919 522246 for more info.

Fri 7th, Ingleton Wood’s Sponsored Bike Ride touring all 9 St Helena Hospice Shops (circa 50 miles). Call 01206 224273 to sponsor.

Fri 7th 5-9pm, Feathers Salon Pamper Night. £5 entry includes goody bag, wine and nibbles. Call 0845 6524400 to book.

Fri 7th 7.30pm, GFM Stars In Their Eyes Talent Contest, Arena Leisure Centre. Tickets £5. To buy tickets or register an act contact

October 2012

Wed 10th 6-8pm, Challenge Celebration and Awards party @ Le TalboothBirkett Long Logo