Business Club Boosts Charity Celebrations
4th September 2012
Two Lincolnshirecharities which are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year have been given an extra special present by business leaders at Lincoln Business Club.
St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People received cheques for £250 at the club’s Annual General Meeting.
St Barnabas Hospice provides a high standard of medical and nursing care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses.
Rachel Hewitt, Corporate Fundraiser, said: “This is a very special year for us and since we first set up in 1982 we have grown considerably and now employ over 200 staff across our sites throughout the county.
“Thanks to donations such as this one we’ve been able to care for more than 5,500 patients and their families this year alone. Without the support of the community this wouldn’t be possible so thank you to everyone at Lincoln Business Club for nominating the hospice to receive the money. We really appreciate your support.”
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a charity which offers greater independence, confidence, security, and companionship to deaf people by providing dogs trained to alert them to chosen everyday sounds.
Denise Taylor, Fundraiser for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, received the cheque along with Merlin, the charity’s demonstration/ambassador dog who appears at events across the East Midlands.
She said: “Together with Merlin I’d like to say thank you to all the members. It’s a big year for us as it’s also our charity’s 30thAnniversary, and Merlin is sadly retiring. It costs £10,000 to train a hearing dog for a deaf child, and as part of Merlin’s Mission (www.merlinsmission.org) we are trying to raise £30,000 which will enable the charity to train three dogs for deaf children.”
Lincoln Business Club was first set up in 2004 with 28 members. It has since grown to more than 300 members and donated £7,000 to charity. The club’s committee members are all volunteers and don’t claim any expenses or honoraria so almost all of the money received by the club goes to charity.
Richard Hare, Chairman of Lincoln Business Club, explained: “As well as encouraging networking among the city’s businesses the club’s secondary aim is to raise money for charitable causes.
“We are so pleased to donate this money to such deserving charities and it was also encouraging to see so many new people at the meeting. In the current economic climate many businesses are finding it tough to stay afloat and networking is more important now then ever before.
“Attending networking clubs such as the Lincoln Business Club can be a cost-effective way of spreading the word about your organisation and meeting potential new customers, partners and suppliers.”
At the meeting, members of the club also voted for who they wanted to represent them on the committee with Richard Hare being re-elected as chairman.
The other committee members were also all re-elected and professional photographer Adam Winfield was newly elected as the tenth member of the committee.
For more information about the club, which meets at 7am on the last Friday of every month at Lincoln City Football, club please visit www.lincolnbusinessclub.co.uk