For over a year, Temple Lifts have been raising money for the Demelza Hospice Care for Children in Eltham, South East London. The decision to raise money for this hospice through various fund-raising events was a joint one, after our eyes were opened to the lack of government funding that this fantastic children’s hospice receives.
Demelza is a hospice for children and teenagers ranging from newly born to 19 suffering from conditions or illnesses which mean that they are tragically unlikely to reach adulthood. Demelza’s main aim is to create lasting memories for families through activities that are adapted to meet the needs of the child or young adult. Temple Lifts therefore felt that we couldn’t have picked a more worthy cause.
One of our first big fundraising events was Movember 2013. This is the well-known event throughout November that sees men around the globe growing their upper lip hair into a fully grown moustache, (or at least something that marginally resembles a moustache) for charity. So, in November 2013, a large proportion of our male engineers and management from across all regions eagerly volunteered to get involved, each growing an array of glorious moustaches. Most importantly, by the end of it, they raised around £1000 for Demelza.
Secondly, two of our brave Account Managers, Chris Hattley and Martin Murrihy, raised money for the hospice in a separate fundraising event. This was the London to Brighton Bike Ride, which took place in April 2014. The perilous 54 mile long route is tackled by only the bravest; it includes a mile-long hill climb which peaks just when the ride is nearly over at 50 miles in, a tough challenge to complete even for the most experienced of cyclists. Therefore, as expected, Temple Lifts were extremely proud of Chris and Martin’s efforts of raising around £400.
With both of these fundraising activities totalled together at an already impressive £1400, the Temple management team decided to round it up even higher to the figure of £2500.
We couldn’t be more proud of the Temple team’s efforts towards this fantastic cause, and we’re determined to double this figure for Demelza next year. We’ve already got plans organised for more fundraising events to try and beat our £2500 raised this year, with two consecutive charity Christmas jumper days in the pipeline for the 22nd and 23rd of December, as well as plans for joining in on the London Bridges Walk 2015.
To see more about what Demelza do visit: https://www.demelza.org.uk/