Penrith Futures event raises over £1,000 in aid of the hospice

An evening of fundraising inspired by the television show ‘The Cube’ has raised more than £1,000 to help the care, support and activities provided by Eden Valley Hospice.

On Friday 29 September six local firms took part in The Cube presented by Richard Lancaster and organised by the Penrith Futures, a networking group for young professionals. The event was hosted at Penrith Cricket Club and organised by Arnison Heelis, Dodd & Co., Cartmell Shepherd and Brewin Dolphin.

Jane Jackson, from Arnison Heelis and Penrith Futures, explained,

“Penrith Futures was set up about 4 years ago by Jane Jackson and Jonathan Ridley who thought there was a gap for networking for young individuals in the area. The group has about 25 attendees and meets quarterly. The events are made fun and interactive with learning involved. We have in the past organised events such as team building exercises and seminars on social media and networking.

“We wanted to hold a fundraising event for Eden Valley Hospice which was different, entertaining and would also get a number of firms involved in the Penrith area. The game ‘The Cube’ was suggested and we really liked the idea. Richard Lancaster, from Handlesbanken, kindly agreed to be our Philip Schofield and on the evening he did an amazing job in commentating on the games and entertaining the audience.

“In total 6 local firms entered contestants who battled against each other to win the trophy. The Penrith Futures team was the winning team on the evening and the trophy was awarded to Mandy Shum of Cartmell Shepherd. We hope to hold the event next year as it has been such a success and talked about a lot in our offices.

“Eden Valley Hospice does an amazing job and we wanted to show our support in continuing the good work it does in the community.”

The kindness and generosity of everybody who attended on the evening help to raise £1,150 in aid of the local charity. The money raised will help Eden Valley Hospice to provide the highest standards of care, support and activities to local adults with life limiting illnesses. This care and compassion is extended to all of the patients families, friends and carers.

Jane continued,

“We are very proud of the success of the games evening but we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support from our firms, sponsors, local businesses and competitors. We asked local firms if they would be willing to provide raffle prizes and we were overwhelmed with the response we received.”