Fundraising week at Bradley Stoke business raises over £3,000 for local hospital

Photo of charity cheque presentation at Paragon Customer Communications, Bradley Stoke.

A recent week of fun and competitive activities by employees of Bradley Stoke business Paragon Customer Communications has raised over £3,000 for two local hospital charities.

The two chosen charities support Bristol Children’s Hospital – The Grand Appeal, which raises funds for Bristol Children’s Hospital and St Michael’s Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit; and Above & Beyond, the fundraising organisation for city centre hospitals within the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. They were chosen by the Paragon Customer Communications ‘employee of the year’ Andre Buckley, who made the choice following the excellent care his daughter received at the hospital after breaking her ankle in a netball accident.

Over five consecutive days in September, 220 employees split in to four teams to organise and take part in a wide range of events including raffles, netball matches, cake sales, silent auctions, car washes and chess matches, competing against each other to raise as much cash as possible by the end of the week. By the final day, the efforts of all involved had paid off, and a grand total of £3,455 was presented to the charities who came on-site to receive the funds.

Speaking of the event, managing director of Paragon Customer Communications Chris Walton said:

“This was our biggest fundraising drive to date, so to make such a great amount for these important local charities is really heartening. What’s more, I’m proud they were chosen by our employee of the year, and that our dedicated team rallied behind his chosen causes – we all had fun, but it’s our workforce that made the total possible.”

Paragon Customer Communications are an established local business providing multichannel customer communications for clients both in the UK and Europe, and have UK sites in cities including London, Nottingham and Manchester. As part of the wider Paragon Group, an international organisation present in 12 countries and employing close to 5,000 employees, Paragon Customer Communications in Bradley Stoke today employs 220 people, having more than doubled the size of its workforce since the site was first opened 20 years ago.

Photo (l-r): Catherine Harris (Above & Beyond), Helen Haskell (The Grand Appeal), Susan Evren (Paragon) and Andre Buckley (Paragon)

This article originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 41). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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