Staff launch Team Challenge

John Taylor staff are set to take on a series of fundraising challenges during 2017 to raise much-needed funds for their hospice.

The hospice, which provides specialist palliative and end of life care for people in Birmingham and across the West Midlands, needs to raise £570,000 from public donations this year.

In a show of support as the hospice aims to hit its fundraising goal, staff will kick off their #teamJTH Challenge in January with each team making a fundraising pledge.

Competing teams will then organise and take part in various events throughout the year aiming to reach - and hopefully even beat – their aspirational targets.

Front of House Administrators Irene Reynolds and Gill Heaton (pictured above) are hoping to stitch their way to success in a knitting challenge with a difference.

“We won’t be knitting hats or woolly jumpers," explains Irene. "Instead we’ll be selling small kits complete with wool and needles – enough to knit one square.

“If people get involved and knit their bit then the plan is to stitch the squares together – side by side. By the end of the year we hope we’ll have joined enough to wrap them all the way around the outside of our historic hospice building.”

Gill added: “As well as raising money, our challenge represents how everyone at John Taylor works together and is like one big family. Our staff and volunteers are totally committed to making every moment matter for the people that we care for.

That is what makes John Taylor Hospice so special and such a welcoming and supportive place to be.

Along with an Easter bake-off and cake sale, monthly quiz competitions and sponsored abseils, several members of staff plan to take on the 2017 Great Birmingham Run and the newly introduced Birmingham International Marathon.

“It’s a great way to combine my New Year’s fitness resolution with a way to raise money for our hospice,” said Sian Averill who is John Taylor’s Community Fundraising Manager.

“I’m starting my training in January which I hope gives me plenty of time to take on the 26.2 mile run – a first for me! Every day I see the compassionate care and support provided for patients and their loved ones and I’ll be proud to be sporting the John Taylor Hospice running vest on 15 October.”

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