Global Challenge fundraising gets glamourous in Manchester

Staff from Gleeds’ Manchester office will be dusting off their black tie for a charity casino evening on Friday 25th September to raise money for local charities: Zoe’s Place, Willow Wood Hospice and Francis House.

In additional to ticket sales, guests from the property and construction industry will have the option of donating their winnings to charity in support of the evening’s £3,000 fundraising target. A raffle with prizes donated by the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City football clubs will supplement monies raised.

The charity casino night is one in a series of events taking place between Monday 21st September and Friday 25th September, as Gleeds attempts to raise £130,000 for charity in one week across its 56 international offices. The initiative, known as the Gleeds Global Challenge, commemorates the organisation’s 130th year in business.

Throughout Challenge Week, 26 volunteers from Gleeds in Manchester will join carers at Willow Wood Hospice to tidy up the communal garden, helping to create a peaceful space for residents to relax in. Willow Wood specialises in providing on palliative patient care, offering comfort, support and relief from the distressing symptoms associated with terminal illness.

John Fellowes, head of fundraising and public relations for Willow Wood Hospice, commented: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming the Gleeds team to the Hospice and are delighted to be nominated as one of the charities set to benefit from the charity casino night”.

Steve Green, director for Gleeds’ north west business, said: “I am very much looking forward to our charity casino night. We’ve had fantastic support from our clients and supply chain, the guest list is filling up fast! I’m also delighted that we have the opportunity to offer some practical support to Willow Wood Hospice, and hope that our small contribution will help residents at the hospice make the most of their outdoor space.” 

Spokesperson for Francis House, Emma Rapley, added: “Francis House provides respite care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions. But the support of the hospice goes far beyond that, looking after the whole family of Mums and Dads, brothers, sisters and grandparents with services like sibling groups, home care and bereavement support. Without the generosity of our supporters, like Gleeds, we simply wouldn’t be able to provide the quality of care our families need.” 

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