Blue sky thinking pays off for fundraisers

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Michelle Mumford and Charlotte Compton, front centre, recruitment consultants from Blue Skies, with their colleagues who supported them during their danceathon. (Submitted photo)

A COMIC Relief-inspired 24-hour danceathon at Stratford recruitment firm Blue Skies has raised £1,000 for the Shakespeare Hospice.

Staff decided to take part the event after watching radio and TV presenter Sarah Cox compete a round-the-clock challenge for Comic Relief.

It took place from 9am one morning until 9am the next morning with Charlotte Compton and Michelle Mumford going the distance and between them racking up 126,250 steps, equating to 61.9 miles in distance.

Blue Skies has chosen the Shakespeare Hospice as its charity of the year, and have held a series of events throughout 2017, including a clothes swap, Jolly Jumper Day and the Big Blue Skies Quiz.

Charlotte Compton said: “I’m not going to lie, it was a very tough 24 hours!

“The hardest time was between the hours of 4am and 6am, we really started to feel exhausted, but when some of our colleagues joined us at 6am, it lifted our spirits and by 9am we felt we could carry on! “We’re delighted that we doubled our original target, which was £500.”

Adriana Geary, corporate fundraiser at the hospice, added: “We are really grateful to all of the local companies who give us such tremendous support, especially Blue Skies, they really are amazing. As only five per cent of our funding comes from the government, we rely on every penny that’s generated by our supporters.”

See Thursday’s Herald for pictures from Stratford Rotary Club’s Duck Race which took place on Saturday in aid of the Shakespeare Hospice.