Master Cutler launches his 2019 charity challenge

Nick with Sharon Thompson of Rotherham Hospice (left) and Joasia Lesniak of St Luke’s.

IT’S time for South Yorkshire to get into fundraising mode ready for the launch of the 12th Master Cutler’s Challenge!

More than 500 teams have taken part in the challenge since its launch in 2008, raising well over £1 million for a range of charities.

And Master Cutler Nick Cragg is aiming to see more businesses, groups and individuals than ever take up the challenge of raising money for his chosen organisations, St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield and Rotherham Hospice, transforming a £50 investment into as much cash as possible.

“We are really grateful to Outokumpu, Senior Architectural Systems, Nicholas Associates and Jenkinson Insurance who have generously donated the seedcorn money to allow this to happen,” said Nick.

“My wife Liz and I have visited both hospices and were immediately convinced that these were two organisations that we wanted to work with because they do such fantastic work.

“We were overwhelmed when we learnt the amount of money both hospices have to raise annually simply to keep functioning on a daily level and that is why we want our supporters to start their fundraising activities and make a difference to two charities that make such a great difference to the lives of so many people.”

The challenge will officially launch at the Cutler’s Hall in Sheffield on February 7 2019, when participants will sign up to use their entrepreneurial skills and teamwork to make as much money as possible and support the two hospices’ community teams.

“The focus of the Challenge will be on the hospices’ community programmes, taking their outstanding work out into the wider community and enabling them to support so many more patients and their families,” Nick explained.

“We need the Master Cutler’s Challenge 2019 to have as high a profile and visibility as possible but we can only do that with the business community’s support.

“The other part of the Challenge is having fun – in its 12th year we want everybody involved to enjoy making a contribution as they go the extra mile and make a real difference.”

To find out more visit mcc2019.co.uk or call Jack Kidder at St Luke’s on 0114 2357594 or Sharon Thompson at Rotherham Hospice on 01709 308918.