Property professionals from across the North East and Scotland joined forces to raise money St Oswald’s, and like the England game at the beginning of the Women’s World Cup, the Geordies were victorious over the Jocks.
The festival was organised by local property consultancies, Knight Frank, Silverstone Building Consultancy and Greggs was held at Northern Rugby Club in Gosforth. The day was a success and raised over £8000 for us, bringing their three year total to over £25,000!
The annual festival has quickly established itself as a major networking event for North East surveyors, lawyers, architects and a range of construction professionals. Although beneficial to the property consultancies profession, the main aim of the day is to have fun and to raise money for the Hospice. The rugby Committee pledged all money raised will be donated to our Children’s Service within the Hospice for the purchase of mobile sensory equipment.
Douglas Cranston, Partner at Knight Frank and committee member, commented:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors and those who gave so generously to help not only reach but exceed our fundraising target for St Oswald's Hospice.
I would also like to thank the committee, staff and members at Northern Football Club for hosting and helping to organise the festival.
The standard of rugby and support from regional businesses and the public continues to grow year on year. Even the weather couldn't have been any better! The event itself offers a great platform for the property and construction industries to come together in a relaxed and entertaining environment whilst raising money for a fantastic cause. There are very few families locally whose lives have not been touched by the great work, support and care provided by St Oswald’s Hospice.
Laura Barrett, Senior fundraiser at St Oswald’s Hospice added:
As always it was an incredible day, Elmer the Elephant was basking in the sun and everyone was making the most of their afternoon out of the office. The committee did an incredible job as always and each year they manage to build on their previous success.
The Hospice would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came, took part, supported or even offered their time or knowledge. The event was a success and it wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s support. I’d also like to add a thank you to Tales of the Black Forrest and Acropolis for providing lots of scrumptious food during the day.
With the money raised going towards mobile sensory equipment, this will be a crucial piece of equipment for our Children's Hospice as many of them can’t leave their beds or wheelchairs so often can’t visit the Sensory Room. This equipment will ensure they can benefit from all the sensory fun from the comfort of their own bedrooms in the unit.
We would just like to thank everyone who attended and supported the festival, the committee, the food venders, the rugby club and everyone who helped make it such a resounding success.