08 Jan Staff take on 10 challenges to mark their big birthday
CHARITABLE staff in Newcastle celebrated their company’s big birthday in style – and helped disabled local youngsters at the same time.
The team at creative communications agency O PR raised more than £5,000 for The Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund while completing 10 charity challenges during 2015 to mark the firm’s 10-year milestone.
The Sunshine Fund was picked as its chosen charity for 2015 and the O team embarked on a series of challenges including running to the top of 251 metre-high Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh and completing the Great North Run and the 5km Sunshine Run.
And the company is committed to supporting the charity this year too, with one member of staff already fundraising to take part in its upcoming trek.
O PR managing director Kari Owers said: “As the business turned 10 years old, we set ourselves the challenge to take part in at least 10 charitable activities throughout 2015 to raise as much money as possible for the Sunshine Fund.
“We wanted to make a bigger difference to just one charity to mark 10 years of not just being in business but also of putting back into our community.
“As well as strenuous challenges we also had a lot of fun along the way by taking part in Go Bananas Day and Superhero Day to name a few – and I’m sure we’ve eaten quite a lot of charitable cakes throughout the year too.”
Staff also arranged a fashion show at Gusto restaurant on Newcastle quayside with Gordon Brown Law Firm, and a ladies-only ‘networking and nails’ event at the House of Savannah spa in intu Eldon Square where local businesswomen made donations in return for mini manicures and eyebrow shaping.
All the money they raised is set to help change the lives of children living with disabilities in the region.
And staff further supported the charity by volunteering at events and being part of its annual fundraising ball committee.
Kari added: “I’m really proud of my whole team who got stuck into their own charitable challenges.
“We chose the Sunshine Fund as all money raised goes directly to North East children and their families and it’s a charity that touches us all.”
Clare Savory, the Sunshine Fund’s head of fundraising, said: “We must say a huge thank you to all the staff at O PR.
“We were delighted to be their nominated charity and they raised an amazing amount.”