Wessex Group raises £5,000 for Dorset Charity Teddy20

Wessex Group met today with the Founder of Dorset based charity Teddy20 Owen Newton to present him with a cheque for £5,000.

Wessex Group and all of the teams across Wessex Fire & Security, Wessex Electricals and Wessex Property Care, nominated Teddy20 as their chosen charity for 2021 and over the course of the year have undertaken a number of fundraising events to raise money.

From fancy dress to cake baking competitions, the teams have pulled out all the stops and had huge fun doing so. For the most recent fundraiser the teams held a Christmas tombola with an impressive array of prizes donated by staff, suppliers and customers. Prizes included a 55” flat screen tv, Virginia Hayward hampers, wine, champagne and a lot of chocolate. The raffle tickets alone raised over £2,000.

Each year Wessex Group employees are invited to nominate charities for the company to support. In 2021, Sam James from the Wessex Property Care team nominated Teddy20 as it is a charity close to his heart. The whole company agreed that this was the charity they wanted to support.

Sam described his rationale “Teddy 20 was named after Ted Newton a 10 year old boy who lost a horrific battle with cancer. His family set this charity up to support children going through cancer and their families. Teddy20 provide funding to families to ease financial pressures, offer a holiday respite in their ‘Ted Shack’ holiday home, and host parties, events and experiences for the children and their families. They also donate money to research into the various forms of cancer. This family revisit the most horrific time of their lives every day to help other families through the same horror. I volunteer in various ways for this charity, and they never fail to blow me away with their amazing work. They work so hard to raise the money let alone the work they do with the money. They are local heroes and the money we would raise would do so much good for so many families suffering the effects of children’s cancer.”

Simon Morgan, Director said, “We are proud to support Teddy20 and have held a number of entertaining fundraising events this year. The staff are fantastic and always get stuck in to raise money; it is heartening to know that the fun we have at the events go to a very worthy cause.”

Owen Newton, Founder of Teddy20 added, “We are very thankful to Wessex for their charitable efforts this year and the amount they have raised for Teddy20. We survive solely on donations and their support will help us continue to provide support to children and young people suffering with cancer.”

For further information about Teddy20 please visit teddy20.org

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