For the past three months, four East Herts companies have been taking part in Isabel Hospice’s ‘Clash of the Corporates’. The main reason was to raise money - which they did with aplomb, raising a massive £6,000! The secondary reason was to raise more money than the others in order to raise the trophy as Winner of the 2017 Clash of the Corporates.

That title went to the team at Hertford-based Cariad Marketing who were awarded the trophy at an Awards evening last night. Through various fundraising efforts - including selling cakes and curries, a Waxathon and a Race Night - Cariad handed over a cheque for £3,737.43. MD Justine Perry praised her team’s effort, saying it was “game on from the very beginning. I’m so proud of the team who raised such a large amount through a combination of fun, hard work and sheer determination”.

The other fundraising activities were a ‘curryoke’ organised by Big Black Hen, a memory tree run by Austin’s Funeral Directors, and a paper clip challenge run by the Probate Bureau. The Bureau’s MD David West began with a humble paper clip which he swapped upwards until he had something to sell, in one case, a mountain bike. Then he started the process all over again until he ran out of time. The upward swapping won the prize for the most innovative fundraising idea, although David still has items to sell, including 2,000 mini rugby balls…

The Awards evening was rounded off with beautiful music from a local singer/songwriter and Oaklands music student, Ellie Whittaker, who gave up her time to entertain the corporate fundraisers for an evening.

What the £6,000 will be used for

The new CEO of Isabel Hospice, Robin Webb, said the money raised will provide two weeks of Hospice at Home specialised nursing care to help people live well and plan to die well. It will help families like Paul’s. At the age of 24, Paul was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, and the Hospice nurses not only enabled him to spend more time at home, they also talked to Paul, his wife and young children about his death in practical as well as emotional terms. Paul’s wife said this was a weight off their minds and was appreciative of the fact that they had been treated like people, not patients.