Businesses sign up for South Yorkshire fundraising extravaganza

LAWYERS, architects, bankers, recruiters, designers, trainers, teachers and even an internationally acclaimed artist — they have all signed up to use their business skills to bring in charity cash.

More than 120 South Yorkshire companies, organisations and individuals, including Sheffield art legend Joe Scarborough, have signed up for the 2016 supporting the Master Cutler's Challenge, making this the biggest since the competition was launched in 2008.

All they have to do now is take a £50 investment and do everything in their power to see it grown and raise money for Master Cutler Craig McKay’s two nominated charities, Rotherham Hospice and St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield.

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The annual fundraising extravaganza was officially launched with a celebration event at the historic Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield, where participating companies received their £50 stake in a specially branded Henderson's Relish bottle.

Mr McKay, the chief executive of Sheffield engineering firm Evenort Ltd, chose the two hospices in recognition of the work they do supporting not just patients with terminal illnesses but also their families.

“I have been overwhelmed by the response to this year's challenge and am delighted to be able to say that we have a record number of entries,” said Mr McKay.

“We all have a stake in the wellbeing of these charities and I can think of no better way to invest in that than to take part in this year's Master Cutler's Challenge.

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“With the degree of talent and the level of enthusiasm we already have on board, all the indications are that the next record we break will be the amount of money we have raised by the time the challenge reaches its climax.”

To find out more or to sign up to take part in the challenge visit or call Jack at St Luke’s on 0114 2357594 or Colin at Rotherham Hospice on 01709 308918.