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

Posted on Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 9:30 pm by SH (Editor)

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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Specsavers to host festive charity event

Posted on Thursday 4th December 2014 at 9:46 pm by SH (Editor)

Above and Beyond.

A Bradley Stoke opticians is getting into the festive spirit of giving this weekend (6th/7th December) as it hosts a fundraising event for a local hospital charity.

Specsavers, based in The Willow Brook Centre, is offering customers an array of Christmas-themed games and treats to raise funds for Above & Beyond, a cause which supports patients in nine hospitals across Bristol.

Anyone who visits the store will be greeted by staff in Christmas-themed fancy dress, smells of warm mulled wine (non-alcoholic) and spiced apple drinks, as well as an opportunity to bag some goodies by taking part in a lucky dip or a game of ‘guess the bear’s name’ – all in return for donations. There will also be a face painter on hand from 11am-1pm on Saturday (6th December) to turn younger customers into their favourite Christmas characters.

Bradley Stoke store director Ed Stanleigh said:

“We’ve got some really fun activities planned over the course of the two days.”

“We’ve supported Above and Beyond for some time now, but there’s still so much to do to ensure they can continue their great work. By hosting this event, we are hoping to raise much needed funds while spreading Christmas cheer to our customers”

“As co-sponsor of Road Safety Week (held 17th-23rd November), we’ll also be handing out high visibility vests to all children that visit the store over the weekend, helping raise awareness of the importance of safety during the winter months.”

Above and Beyond helps more than 500,000 patients cared for in Bristol’s nine city centre hospitals each year, as well as the millions of friends and family who visit them, and the 8,000 dedicated NHS staff who care for them.

For more information or to make a donation, pop in to Specsavers at the Willow Brook Centre or call 01454 275 020.

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Specsavers staff set sights high for charity

Posted on Thursday 30th May 2013 at 11:02 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Specsavers staff at charity skydive.

Two fearless members of staff from a Bradley Stoke opticians recently took to the skies to raise money for Bristol Eye Hospital.

Emma Norris and Sania Mohammed from Specsavers in the Willow Brook Centre bravely took part in a sky dive on Sunday 19th May to raise money for Above & Beyond. They each raised £135 to do the jump and donations are still rolling in.

Assistant manager Emma jumped from 10,000 feet while optical assistant Sania, who is afraid of heights, jumped from 15,000 feet above the Devon countryside.

“It’s the first time either of us have ever done anything like this,” said Emma. “We were both very nervous, perhaps Sania slightly more so than me! We both couldn’t believe we’d done it when we reached the ground but it was very exhilarating and for a great cause that we’ve been supporting for some time.”

Back in 2011, a group of nine Specsavers stores across Bristol teamed up to raise money for Above & Beyond and specifically the children’s unit at Bristol Eye Hospital. As part of that campaign, the Bradley Stoke store’s assistant manager Terri Jenkins took part in a sponsored skydive. To date they’ve raised more than £18,000 to help fund specialist equipment.

If you would like to make a donation to Above & Beyond, you can still do so by visiting the Specsavers store at the Willow Brook Centre.

Photo: (L-R) Bradley Stoke Specsavers staff members Emma Norris and Sania Mohammed at their charity skydive.

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Charity leg-waxing benefits Bristol hospitals

Posted on Monday 26th March 2012 at 8:26 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Specsavers charity leg-waxing

A lab technician at a Bradley Stoke opticians had his legs waxed for charity on Saturday (24th March).

Aaron Carter, lab technician at Specsavers in The Willow Brook Centre, had his legs stripped bare of hair to help raise money for Bristol hospital charity Above & Beyond.

Mr Carter’s hair-raising efforts are part of a 12-month fundraising initiative for Above & Beyond organised by ten Specsavers stores across Bristol. He said:

“I’m really proud to be doing my bit for Above & Beyond. It’s a really important charity that raises funds for the nine city centre hospitals. There’s no gain without pain so I’m hoping my leg wax will inspire others to get involved and donate.”

The stunt was the idea of his Specsavers co-worker Julie Rafferty, who runs her own part-time beauty & holistic therapy practice.

Julie explained:

“I had been looking for a ‘victim’ for some time and with Aaron leaving the branch on Monday, we felt he shouldn’t be allowed to go without feeling a little pain.”

Members of the public were invited to donate £1 for the privilege of ripping off a waxing strip and the event raised a total of £80 for the charity.

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