Fundraising team ahead of target in £40k charity year
THEY have run, pedalled, putted and even taken to the high seas to try to raise as much cash for charity as possible.
The team at chartered accountants and corporate finance advisers MWS Business Management are on a mission to mark their founder's 40 years in business by raising £40,000 for charity.
Founder Melvyn Sadofsky and the team at MWS have raised more than £27,500 since launching the task in May, meaning they are ahead of their target at the halfway point.
In the coming weeks, they will cash in on the Hull Comedy Festival and then tackle a 10km trek through the East Yorkshire countryside to mark the end of the first six months of their campaign.
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Mr Sadofsky is also taking part in the Smile Foundation's Boss Behind Bars fundraiser, which sees local businesspeople thrown in jail and released only after raising sufficient bail funds.
Mr Sadofsky said: "In terms of time, the halfway point is not until the end of the month, so we are delighted to already be more than halfway to our fundraising target.
"I would like to say thank you to everyone who has taken part in our fundraising events so far and to all the people who have been so generous in supporting the campaign.
"But I would also ask people to keep going. Hopefully, it won't be long before we have the overall target in our sights and we can then think about improving on it."
Money raised from the activities will go to support local charities Case Training and the Smile Foundation.
The latest event, held on Sunday, saw the fundraisers support the £999 campaign for the Hornsea Inshore Lifeboat, one of the local charities supported by Smile.
A group of MWS staff, clients and contacts took to the high seas with the crew of Hornsea Inshore Rescue to gain first-hand experience of how the service works and to make a contribution towards the annual running costs of more than £50,000.
The next event will take place on Tuesday, when the company's support for the Comedy Souperbowl at Hull Truck will enable organisers eskimosoup to offer free admission to the audience, who can then use their funds for voting. The winning comedian from ten prominent local business people will be the one who collects the most money from donations.
Then on Sunday, October 28, the 10km walk will start at 10am and take participants on a route from Longcroft Lower School in Beverley via Arram to Hull Bridge at Weel.
Mr Sadofsky, whose company is one of the sponsors of this year's Mail News & Media Business Awards, said: "We've had great support for the Humber Bridge Half-marathon, the 40km bike ride and the golf day and my target now is to have 100 people on the walk, with each of them raising as much money as possible.
"I would also urge people to support our colleagues and friends who are displaying a different kind of bravery by performing live, stand-up comedy in front of an audience of aficionados."