Inspiring Business by Sharing Success


September was a busy month for fundraising by staff who work at energy and waste management consultancy, Blue Castle Group. The company encourages employees to take part in a variety of initiatives to support charities for which they have a particular affinity, many of which are related to personal experiences.



Collectively, activities in September have raised nearly £6000. The charities that have benefited are Beaumond House Hospice, a local Hospice based in Newark, which is Blue Castle Group’s nominated charity, and national charities MacMillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK, and Diabetes UK.

On 29 September, the entire company took part in the World’s biggest coffee morning, an event organised annually by MacMillan Cancer Support. One team member also took part in the charity’s “Brave the Shave” campaign, and along with 3 friends, collectively raised £5,000 so far to help Macmillan Cancer Support provide medical, emotional, practical and financial support, as well as campaigning for better cancer care.

Kristy Pink had her head shaved. Commenting she said,

“I was inspired by those who have already braved the shave, and although I have thought about doing this in the past, I’ve never been brave enough to do it. My best friend is currently affected by cancer, I have also recently lost a family friend and have other people close to me who have experienced cancer. I wanted to do something to help a charity that I know has supported them through their journey.”

Diabetes UK has also benefited from a donation thanks to the dedication of five members of the team who since July, have been walking at least 10,000 steps a day to complete the 1 million steps challenge. Laura Mackey, Jayne Singleton and Sarah Hardy all completed the challenge which ended on 30 September.

Commenting, Sarah Hardy said,

“I took part because I had gestational diabetes in my second pregnancy and I had a lot of support from the hospital where I had my son. Each week thousands of people in the UK suffer heart attacks, heart failure, stroke, amputation and blindness because of their diabetes.”

Laura Mackey added,

“My dad’s best friend was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer early this year and was then dealt further bad news when he was told he also had Diabetes, so I wanted to do something for him.”

Jayne Singleton also walked 1 million steps. Her decision to get involved started in January when her husband had a stroke. Her Dad, Step mum and Auntie were already diabetics and after various health problems herself, she realised that she needed to become healthier and fitter. She joined weight watchers in January and has so far lost 3 stone.

Jayne added,

“I decided to take up this challenge to not only raise money for Diabetes UK but to help keep me motivated in my own fitness levels and help to continue my weight loss journey and avoid becoming that next statistic by managing my diet. These fundraising campaigns help to improve life for people with diabetes whilst research develops new treatments, technologies and will, one day, find a cure.”

Last but not least, Rebecca Broomfield has biked 300 miles in aid of Cancer Research UK. Motivated by her father who is currently battling with Prostate Cancer, Rebecca was spurred on to smash the 300 miles and actually completed 480 miles, raising money to fund the work of scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner.

Commenting Rebecca said,

“I took part to not only help my Dad, but also in support of all my other friends and relatives who have loved ones who are battling with Cancer or have already lost loved ones to this terrible disease. Every step made towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated. I would like to express my thanks to all my family, friends and work colleagues at Blue Castle Group for supporting me.”

Earlier this year, Blue Castle Group CEO Marie Harley trekked the Sahara and participated in a quiz night in aid of Beaumond House Hospice, which, together with all other fundraising activities, brings the total that Blue Castle Group employees have raised so far in 2017 for all its chosen charities to nearly £8,000.


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