JT Dove has made a donation to the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF), a charity it has been supporting for over five years.
The latest donation has pushed the merchant’s fundraising efforts over the £100,000 total mark and has also opened up the opportunity for four merchant trainees to take on a new challenge.
The trainees taking on the challenge, Amy King, Jess Flynn, Adam Marriott and Shaun Liddle, joined JT Dove MD, Steve Robinson, to donate the latest cheque for £28538.66.
The four merchant trainees will be working closely with the branch managers, to put together a strategy on how they intend to raise a further £100,000 in the next 18 months .
The trainees fundraising will be supported by three corporate events which are being organised to mark the 150th anniversary. These include a customer race day in April, a family fun day in June and a supplier dinner in November.
The funds to date have been raised by branch personnel across the North with around 150 staff taking part in activities such as running marathons, washing vans and sponsored walks.
Steve commented: “Next year is our 150th anniversary and as a company we want to do something good for a worthy cause. Our four trainees have shown a huge interest in the fundraising side of the business so it seems perfect to tie the two together and enter the CHUF Champions Challenge. This will see us pitted against some of the best fundraisers so we will have our work cut out.
“It presented a perfect opportunity to challenge the trainees to create a strategic business plan on how they can raise so much money in such a short time, and then to actually execute it. Supported by the rest of the company, they will be learning great business management skills as well doing something positive for such a worthy cause. ”
More information is available at www.CHUF.org.uk.