The Dougie Mac was chosen as our nominated charity as so many of the team have experienced first-hand the incredible level of care and support that the hospice provides.
At the beginning of 2018 we set ourselves an ambitious target of £5,000 and through the efforts and involvement of all the team the final total achieved has come in at £5,300.
Strategi’s appointed charity champion, Ange Hopwood has led and coordinated the team’s fundraising efforts throughout the year to ensure that we remained on track to reach our goal.
Alongside weekly bring a pound to work dress down days, cake sales and collecting money at Uttoxeter Racecourse’s race days, the team put their baking skills to the test at a Strategi bake off which was judged by David Webster, Dougie Mac’s CEO and Jeanette McCartney, Director of Care.
Team members Lisa Clowes and Lauren Kay rose to the challenge of undertaking a sponsored skydive and Sara Pye completed a coast to coast hike in which she walked 192 miles and which took her from the cost of St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire.
We also encouraged our own clients to pledge their support through collaboratively advertising on billboards within Newcastle-under-Lyme, with all profits being donated directly to the charity fund. Support for this initiative came from local businesses such as Blakemans, Abzorbed Events, Jones & Shuffs, NEIDA, QPS Print, Uttoxeter Racecourse, W4PPC and the Fifteen Group.
David Webster, Dougie Mac CEO said: “Our partnership with Strategi Solutions Group is one of Dougie Mac’s strongest and most fulfilling business relationships.
“As well as consistently extending themselves to raise funds for our hospice the team at Strategi always demonstrate the values and ethos to which so many firms aspire, but few actually deliver.
“I admire the culture at Strategi and the ease with which everyone there has an appetite to excel, and I am delighted to work alongside so many motivated, imaginative and kind people.
“All of us at Dougie Mac are committed to stronger integration with local businesses and Strategi Solutions Group really set the standard of what can be achieved when such relationships really flourish.”
This year we have once again pledged our support to the Dougie Mac, increasing our target to strive for to £6,000.
A host of new fund-raising activity has already been planned, which includes Rob Fisher, Director of HR who has committed to take part in a physically challenging ‘Tough Mudder’ event in May, in which he will have to complete a 20k mud and obstacle course.
Ange Hopwood, Sales Manager and Charity Champion at the Strategi Solutions Group added: “I’m incredibly proud of what the whole team at Strategi has achieved and the willingness of everyone to really get involved to support a cause which is so close to my own heart.
“The team at the Dougie Mac provided an exceptional level of care to both my Mum and Mother-in-Law in the last few weeks of their lives, to which I will be forever grateful.
“I know that the Strategi team will once again rise to the challenge of achieving our new target for 2019”.