Our 'Big Wigs' Challenge

This year we are taking part in the 'Big Wigs Challenge' - a fund raising competition held in the East of England. The overall purpose of the challenge is to raise as much money as possible for Sue Ryder Care. The competition is to see which entrepeneurs and businesses can raise the most money within a four month period.

Big Wigs Launch Photo

Jay and Ramona went along to the Ramada Hotel in Peterborough on April 22nd to receive our crisp £50 note from the Norwich & Peterborough Building Society who sponsor the event.

This competition is now in its fourth year. Each year the total amount raised has beaten the previous one. In 2008 a total of £35,000 was raised by 18 businesses who each started with just £50 'seed money'.

What we will be doing

1st Choice Au Pairs will be organising a number of fund raising events including: -

  • Cultural evenings of food and music hosted by au pairs from various European countries
  • A regional Quiz tournament with a European theme

In addition, a donation of £20 will be made for each of our au pairs that we place between now and September.

Emma Long who is a fund raiser based at Sue Ryder Hospice, Thorpe Hall explained that the The Big Wigs challenge is to take £50 and prove just how good an entrepreneur they are. We are not telling the Big Wigs what to do with the money, we just want them to make it grow and give it back to the charity with substantial interest. At the end of the project we will be naming the Sue Ryder Care Charity Entrepreneur of the Year among other awards"

Emma also said: "I am so pleased with the number of people who have taken up the challenge. we have 18 confirmed Big Wigs, the most we have ever had.The launch night had a great atmosphere."

All the Big Wigs at the Launch Photo

"Sue Ryder Care would like to say a big thank you to new Big Wigs: Fenmarc Produce Ltd, Community Times Stamford, Utility Warehouse, The Haycock Hotel, The Virtual Business Club, Royal and Sun Alliance, PJH Law, El Esha Hair Design, Global Rebar Services Ltd, 1st Choice Au Pairs, A2B Euro Cars, Thorpe Wood Health & Racquet Club, Peterborough Vehicle Recycling, Minster General Housing Association, Martin Bird Photography, Prontaprint and Halcrow Group Limited, who are taking part for a third year in a row."

Emma finished by saying: "I really believe that this year's Big Wigs have the ability to smash last year's total of £35,000. We look forward to seeing what each Big Wig has up their sleeve and working with them over the coming months."

About Sue Ryder Care

Sue Ryder Care supports people with specialist palliative, end of life and long-term neurological care needs.

Each year they provide 4 million hours of care to people living with cancer, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, stroke and brain injury.




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