Larking Gowen, one of nine firms to take up the St Elizabeth Hospice ‘Early Bird Herd’ challenge for Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk in 2019, has smashed its fundraising target, raising over £4,700 so far.
Becky Ames, partner at Larking Gowen said:
“The Hospice challenged us to raise £3,500 by January 2019. We thought that might be ambitious but our staff have been amazing. We’ve already raised over £4,700, and hope to raise more.”
Staff took part in the Midnight Walk and the Ipswich Half Marathon, for which they raised sponsorship. The company also challenged 17 local firms to a crazy golf tournament.
In 2019, the St Elizabeth Hospice appeal will centre around Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk, a trail of Elmers through the streets of Ipswich, celebrating 30 years of the popular patchwork elephant. This follows the hugely successful ‘Pigs Gone Wild’ trail, which in 2016 helped raise over £200,000 for the Hospice, and is estimated to have brought an extra £1 million into the local economy.
Norman Lloyd, Campaign Manager for Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk, said:
“As a member of our Early Bird Herd, we had set Larking Gowen the target of raising an additional £3,500 on top of the sponsorship they had already committed for their sculpture, so to have raised more than £4,700 already is fantastic! It is clear their hard work has really paid off; we are very grateful for their support for our campaign, which is ultimately all to help St Elizabeth Hospice.”
“The Hospice offers specialist support and advice to patients and their families when they need it most but they need to raise £10.5 million each year to do this. We’re proud to be part of the huge community of people that gets behind the St Elizabeth Hospice appeal, and are looking forward to Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk next year.”