"You were awesome, thank you so much", said Andrew Wood, fundraiser at Sue Ryder's Manorlands hospice near Keighley, West Yorkshire, after Acorn Stairlifts and its staff had raised an incredible £15,000 in the Keighley Big K 10K event on Sunday 18th March. This included a special donation of £1,500 from the company.
With more than 65 Acorn staff running and walking, there was a record total of 950 entrants this year. And thanks to Acorn's efforts, the event raised a record-breaking £45,000 for the Manorlands hospice - that's £17,000 more than last year. Manorlands supports people affected by cancer, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, stroke, brain injury and other life changing illnesses.
Acorn, who had entered the event as part of the Corporate Challenge, were also rewarded with three awards; for the company with the most corporate entries, the highest corporate fundraising team and also the fastest corporate team.
The staff at Acorn were motivated to take part in the local event following the recent installation of two Acorn Stairlifts at the Skipton home of Sue Ryder patient Lucy Moore, who said they had "transformed her life".
Acorn's Company Secretary Dave Belmont said "Our staff wanted to help transform other people's lives - and have fun doing it. We were simply bowled over by the number who wanted to take part".
Manorlands Corporate Fundraiser Rachel Cunningham commented;
"We are so grateful to the whole team at Acorn for the fantastic support they have shown to this event. The £15,000 that they have raised will make such a difference to the care that we are able to provide, both here at Manorlands, and out in the local community. When we realised how much they had raised, we couldn't stop smiling."