Festival fundraiser raises £8,600 for HIV charity

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Teams from five local companies competed to see who could raise the most. 

28th August 2019 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

Fundraising teams from five Edinburgh companies raised over £8,600 for HIV and hepatitis C charity Waverley Care during the Edinburgh Festival.

Groups from The Scottish Qualifications Authority, Wood Mackenzie, Mercer, RBS and Phoenix Group each had four hours to collect donations from festivalgoers at the Pleasance Courtyard.

The teams were pitted against each other to raise the most, with the team from Pride Wood Mackenzie - the company’s LGBT staff network - taking first prize.

A total of £4,655.59 was raised over the five days of the Big Corporate Shake-up competition, with company match-funding from four of the participating teams taking the total donated to the charity to £8,628.63.

Matt Middler, acting fundraising manager at Waverley Care said: “We have been blown away by the passion, commitment and creativity of the teams taking part in The Big Corporate Shake-up. The teams really understood the need to continue supporting frontline services which help people affected by HIV and Hepatitis C, as well as their families and communities across Scotland.

“The competition was a great success on several levels; it brought 30 volunteer bucket shakers to us who might not have volunteered otherwise, the competition element meant that they raised on average more than double what we would expect from a regular bucket shake, and company match-giving means that most of what was raised will be doubled again by their employers.”

Adam Meredith, team captain from Wood Mackenzie, added: “The Big Corporate Shake-up was a fantastic event and we were thrilled to be a part of it. We were delighted to take home the Shake-up trophy and pleased to be able to double what we raised through workplace match-funding.

“We’re already thinking about how we can beat our record next year.”