A NORTH-EAST accountancy firm officially launched a major event in which they will hand out money to businesses and organisations in Teesside.
The Evolution Corporate Challenge, run by Evolution LLP, held its launch event at Wynyard Hall where organisations were presented with their entry forms and a crisp £50 note.
The aim of the challenge is to at least double the cash within three months, with Most Monies Raised, Most Innovative Idea, Student Team, and Special Judges Awards also up for grabs.
The official launch event also saw presentations from each of the charities, allowing participants to see how the money raised will benefit the three hospices, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, St Teresa’s Hospice and the Hartlepool and District Hospice. £33,000 was raised in 2009 and £33,700 in 2010.
Liz Jacobs, from Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, added: “Last year the money raised went into our general funding which pays for nursing staff salaries. With the recession it is important that we have nursing salaries covered. This money is essential, if we can’t pay nurses we are unable to open. Again this year the money will help towards nurses’ salaries as this remains our priority.”