Business responds to charity challenge
A Plymouth business is giving Plymouth people the chance to bag £1,000 for their favourite local charity or community group.
Millbay-based Batterbee Thompson is promising £500 in funding for the project that wins the most votes from Herald readers.
And dot.com entrepreneur Marcelle Speller will be doubling the firm’s money as part of this year’s Localgiving.com Plymouth Community Challenge.
The challenge, back for its second year, will see Marcelle dip into her own pocket to match the first £30,000 donated to local organisations on her Localgiving.com website from May 14.
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There are dozens of groups to pick from, offering everything from support for disabled people to fun activities for youngsters.
One of the good causes will receive a vital £1,000 boost thanks to Batterbee Thompson’s pledge.
Vouchers will be printed in The Herald every day from Tuesday – and each can be returned with the name of your favourite charity or community group. Eligible groups are listed on the Localgiving.com website.
There is no limit to how many vouchers you can fill out, and the organisation with the most votes by June 8 will get its hands on the £1,000 prize.
Batterbee Thompson directors Jacqui Batterbee and Michelle Thompson said they were keen to support this year’s Localgiving.com Plymouth Match Fund.
The accountancy and tax advice specialists supported the challenge last year, encouraging a whopping 18 other companies to dig deep.
The cash they raised – more than £1,300 – was then distributed between seven separate community groups.
“Taking part again was a bit of a no-brainer,” Jacqui said.
“We wanted to do something to help the local community again, and in particular some of the smaller charities.
“This is a great way for small charities to get their name out there and to raise some money.”
Jacqui learned exactly how important charities and community groups are when she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.
“The care I received from the Primrose Cancer Care Centre at Derriford Hospital has been incredible,” she said. “This is a way of giving a little bit back.”
Michelle added: “We’ve chosen this as our main charity project to get involved in this year.
“It seems like a great way of doing it and making sure the money goes to a group that really deserves it.”