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Business gets behind Big Appeal

Staff at Notts Energy Supplier Yu Energy are backing Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Big Appeal to raise money for young patients at Nottingham Children’s Hospital.

The Strelley company which supplies gas and electricity to business customers across the UK already has a team of five, dubbed the Fantastic Five, signed up for the Asda Foundation Nottingham 10k race in May.

The company is planning other activities where colleagues can – for a small donation – challenge the Fantastic Five at office twister, Bop It or a Spelling Bee. Winners are rewarded with extra breaks and early leave passes. Staff will also be granted leave to volunteer for the Charity.

Caitlin Colder, Digital Marketing Executive at Yu Energy, says: “We wanted to work with a Nottingham-based Charity that offers some great fundraising challenges and volunteering opportunities.

“We have a young workforce who are always up for a challenge, and Nottingham Hospitals Charity hosts some fantastic fundraising events. We’re looking forward to building a great working relationship with the Charity team so that together, we can make a big difference to the lives of children in hospital.”

Yu Energy are the latest in a series of local companies to back the campaign. Hart’s Restaurant in Nottingham raised over £1,264 over Christmas by asking customers to add a £1 donation to their bill. Hart’s, in Standard Hill, Nottingham, has supported the charity for the past four years. The restaurant hosted and sponsored a Charity dinner in June and have done other fundraising activities and donated raffle prizes.

Owner Tim Hart said: “Nottingham Children’s Hospital does an excellent job in caring for sick children and their families and we have had customers who have worked there or whose children have been treated there. Customers are usually happy to add £1 to their bill for such a great cause.”

Other businesses supporting the campaign include Specsavers, Hillarys, Sainsbury’s Beeston and Castle Boulevard and Sandicliffe.

Nick Lawford, Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Fundraising Manager, says: “We’re delighted to welcome Yu Energy on board as a new corporate partner and look forward to working with them. Support from businesses such as Yu Energy and Hart’s not only gives our fundraising a real boost, it is also mutually beneficial. Working with a charity partner like Nottingham Hospitals Charity has great business benefits – including teambuilding, profile raising, targeted marketing and community involvement.”

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