COMPANIES across Teesside have come together to raise £20,000 for a local hospice.

Members of staff from Durata UK, Signal Telecom, Petch Solutions, among others, have raised £10,000 for Butterwick Hospice Care, which will be combined with The Keys nightclub, in Yarm, for a total amount of £20,000.

Elaine Dunning, Executive Director of Business Development for Butterwick Hospice Care, said: “The support of our local business community is of paramount importance to the future of hospice.

“On behalf of all the patients and families they’ve helped, I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the businesses involved.”

Businesses participated as part of the Butterwick Business Challenge, which challenges longtime supporters to raise as much money as possible.

John McGee, Director of Durata UK, wants to raise £3,000 with a virtual 500-mile cycle trip in five days. But disaster struck three days when John injured his knee and could not continue.

Instead of letting the challenge fail, John’s colleagues rallied to complete the trip on his behalf, smashing the fundraising target to finish at £3,295.

John said: “I love cycling and I love helping Butterwick. They asked if I could help, and I thought, yes, I can. My knee injury was not planned, but I am really proud that the team completed the match on my behalf.”

The co-director of John and his wife Alison McGee, who jumped on the bike when John couldn’t, added: “It’s hard but remember it’s all because Butterwick keeps you on the bike. It’s a great charity. They give people their dignity in the end. ”

Staff at Signal Telecom, in Stokesley, made the 21-mile pier to dock, from Saltburn to Whitby trip, which they completed in just over seven hours.

The team burned more than 3,000 calories each walk, which they recovered with a hard-earned fish and chip dinner – receiving an extra £50 donation from the restaurant!

Signal Telecom employees walked from Saltburn to Whitby. From left: Nick Swinson, Chris Ing, Tom Salisbury, Antonia Pink, Jordan Driscoll

Chief Marketing Officer, Jordan Discroll, said: “Butterwick is a charity close to our hearts. The walk was a big challenge for all of us. It’s been tough at times, but it’s undeniably a beautiful path, and we’re very proud of our success and raising so much for charity. ”

The Signal team also hit their fundraising goal, raising £2,190 for the hospice.

The two companies, along with other local businesses, have raised a whopping £10,000, an amount The Keys has pledged to match.

Vicky Powell, owner of The Keys in Yarm, said: “The year 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of Cleveland Cable and The Keys supporting Butterwick Hospice Care, so when we had the opportunity to partner with the Enterprise Challenge fund their, we think it’s a really good way to celebrate that milestone.

“We consider Hospice an integral part of the local community and are proud to support them as a partner, helping to continue the great work they are doing. We understand the fundraising effort and this challenge seems like a great way to get businesses involved.

“We want to congratulate all participants for their incredible efforts, it is great to see local companies coming together to raise important funds for hospice.”

  • To pledge support or for more information on how to get involved, contact Butterwick Hospice Care on 01642 628930 or email elaine.dunning@butterwick.org.uk

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