Businesses raise cash for hospice

Hipperholme prefect team. Jackie Griffiths, Rebecca Firth, Oliver Firth, Marianne Suddards, Laura Godlington
Hipperholme prefect team. Jackie Griffiths, Rebecca Firth, Oliver Firth, Marianne Suddards, Laura Godlington

Local businesses have united in support of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Hipperholme Grammar School opened its doors to local entrepreneurs and business people for the third ‘99ers’ networking event.

Jason Costello, partnership development manager at the hospice, said: “Our 99ers Business Scheme helps us to make a real difference by providing a sustainable source of income for the hospice and goes towards helping us achieve our annual fund-raising target of £2.5million. Hipperholme Grammar School is both a ‘99er’ and a fantastic supporter of our charity and we would like to thank them for hosting our third and very successful 99ers networking event.”

The evening began with drinks on arrival and all were encouraged to enter the business card draw to win a hamper of goodies kindly donated by Vicki Smith of Sent With (luxury handmade gifts and bespoke hampers for all occasions).

The formal part of the evening was opened by Jason, introducing the school’s bursar, Graeme Oliver, who welcomed everyone and spoke briefly of the history of the school and the importance of its role in the local community.

Peter Branson, Chief Executive of the charity, then talked about the invaluable work of the hospice and its staff in supporting children with life limiting conditions and their families in West Yorkshire. He emphasised the challenges constantly facing the charity to raise the £2.5 million needed each year to continue the support and care services that the hospice provides to its children and families.

The third speaker was Richard Gage of Orchard Energy who explained why his company is passionate about supporting the work of the Hospice as a 99er.

The presentations concluded with Sue Oliver, marketing and admissions manager at the school, highlighting the positive business benefits the school has enjoyed since it joined the Forget Me Not 99ers scheme.

The networking event to promote the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice was the first official duty for the newly appointed senior prefect team for the academic year 2013 - 14. Head Boy Oliver Firth and Head Girl Marianne Suddards were joined by Deputy Head Girl Laura Godlington and Senior Prefect Rebecca Firth to represent the School and find out more about the charity which the school supports as a corporate member.

As a ‘99er’, the school has pledged to donate 99 pence a day to the hospice to help build a sustainable income for this charity. In return for these corporate donations, Forget Me Not 99ers are invited to quarterly networking events hosted by one of the members.

To find out more about the work of the Hospice or to support them by signing your business up as a 99er, please visit their website at