150 businesses, schools and groups take part
Over 150 business, schools and groups answered the call to ‘Pitch in a Pound’ in aid of North Devon Hospice. People across the community united in fundraising frolics on 9th February, ranging from bake sales to pyjama parties.
The second annual ‘Pitch in a Pound’ day aimed to raise as much money as possible in just 24 hours, with all proceeds helping the hospice care for local patients and families who are facing a life-limiting illness.
Local firm Applegate sponsored ‘Pitch in a Pound’ by covering all the promotional costs. This means that every pound raised will go directly to the care and support provided by the hospice. Applegate CEO, Stuart Brocklehurst, said: “This is a fantastic way to support the hospice, because simply by sacrificing the price of a chocolate bar, you are helping to make a real difference.” he said. “We have encouraged other businesses close to us to take part. It’s a great opportunity to have some fun together in aid of a cause close to all our hearts, and we’ve thrown the gauntlet down to our neighbouring companies in friendly competition to see who can raise the most on the day!”
Organisers hope this year’s Pitch in a Pound day will beat the 2017 tally of £12,000. Claire Sherwood, from North Devon Hospice’s fundraising team, thanked all those who have signed up to take part. “We have been so touched by the response from the local community,” she said. “To see over 150 businesses, schools and groups sign up is incredible. We spent the whole day travelling the length and breadth of North Devon trying to visit as many places as possible and we saw some fantastic ideas to encourage people to Pitch in a Pound. There were non-uniform days, bakes sales, pyjamas parties, raffles and much more. It’s a great way to brighten up a cold Friday in February, and everyone seems to have had a lot of fun.”
Claire said that every single pound raised on the day will make a real difference. “Pitch in a Pound is all about showing the power we can have when we come together for a common cause. One pound might not sound like much, but it all adds up and makes a huge difference to the hospice. We care for over 2,000 people every year, but we can only do this thanks to the support of the community. So thank you to everyone who has taken part.”
Follow the fun on social media by searching for North Devon Hospice on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or by following the hashtag #PitchinaPound