Fundraising at work
A close colleague’s diagnosis of MND resulted in a 3 year long partnership with Dimension Data, the UK base of the global IT services specialists. How to support Adrian O’Shea, however, was the question that Natasha Woodhouse of Dimension Data asked herself. The answer was to raise £16,000 by 35 people jumping out of a plane.
Natasha said: “It had to be the single most exhilarating thing that many of us had ever done. The fact that we raised such a phenomenal amount of money and we could support our friend and his family through a hard time was incredible. Adrian turned up with his family to support and thank every single member of the Dimension Data Sky Dive Team.”
The support did not end there. A couple of years later, the danger level still high, 45 brave souls took on the challenge of a 100m abseil down Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower! They raised a magnificent £40,000 to further support our work and raise awareness of MND and The Association in the local area.
Arden Fine Foods Ltd
A 2 year partnership including company donations and employee fundraising generated over £8,500 to the Association. Gail Nelson, Commercial Manager for Arden & Amici who lost her partner to MND said: “Not only is the fundraising element very important to us but we are also really keen to raise awareness and help make a positive difference to the lives of people living with MND. The MND Association is such a wonderful charity, we’ve been so inspired by their work and are delighted to have formed a partnership with them”.
David Knight, Sales Director of the German high end manufacturing company, was keen for his staff to join in a team building and fundraising exercise. David’s mother had recently been diagnosed with MND and so the Association was chosen as the charity they would support with their UK Three Peaks Challenge. With 12 people taking part, over £10,000 was raised.
David said, “This amazing experience has led to an awareness of MND amongst all of our colleagues and friends and has strengthened our working relationship as a team”.
But the fundraising did not stop there. 11 people took part in the “Race to the Stones” event raising a further £2,000 and David himself ran the London Marathon.
Peter Davenport, Managing Director of Motiva, and his wife Clair have been loyal supporters of the MND Association for many years, raising money and awareness of MND and the work of The Association. Clair sadly lost her Dad to Motor Neurone Disease in 2006. Every other year they hold a fantastic Gala Ball which is attended by customers, suppliers, colleagues, friends and family. Since 2008 they have raised over £160,000!