2016 marks the Charity’s 175th anniversary and as our celebrations draw to a close, we invite you to join us as we look back over some of our highlights.
Fundraising Fun & #175Heroes
As part of our big birthday celebrations, we set ourselves the ambitious target of raising £175,000 and began recruiting a team of 175heroes to help us achieve this goal. Each hero accepted their mission to help secure the future of the profession’s charity and raise a minimum of £175 across the year in any way they wished. Not at all phased by the task in hand these heroic pharmacists, trainees and students have been busy crafting, baking, running, hiking, biking and donning an array of silly costumes – some to say thank you for the support they have already received and others to support their colleagues in their hours of need. To date they have helped to raise an incredible £57,933 for the charity! This heroic activity has included:
- a series of runs – some in Superhero and Santa costumes, some across giant inflatable obstacles and some through mud
- a 1.75 mile swim
- an 175 mile walk from the original HQ of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to Birdsgrove House in Derbyshire
- a series of bike rides
- collections, auctions and draws at a variety of Awards ceremonies and conferences
- a variety of bake sales
- a sober October
- a 100 Kata Challenge (on World Karate Day)
- a wine tasting event
- the sale of hand crafted cards and bracelets
- the sale of bespoke, limited edition pens
You can view all of this #175Hero activity on our Hero Wall of Fame!
Including the £140,000 the charity received from gifts in wills from those who have sadly left us this year our total fundraising income for 2016 currently sits at a whopping £202,474!
But this year has not just been about raising funds. Across the year we also attended 38 events, developed a new online information area, recruited 18 charity ambassadors, facilitated over 40 wellbeing workshops attended by over 1,500 pharmacists, MPharm students and pre-reg trainees and launched the charity’s first ever GoGreen4PS fundraising campaign. 2016 also marked 20 years of one of our most recognised services, Listening Friends. But don’t just take our word for it…
What a year it’s been! We’d like to say a huge thanks to all of our supporters and volunteers who’ve gone above and beyond to help us continue our work – you’ve been incredible!
If you haven’t already, you too can get involved. You can sign up to Give as you Live and donate every time you shop online (at no extra cost to yourself), you can make a donation instead of sending Christmas cards or you could become one of the charity’s regular donors, enabling us to plan our activities more effectively. To find out more click here or donate today via our #175Hero JustGiving page, or simply text PHARM75 followed by your donation amount (e.g. £5) to 70070.
Or alternatively, contact our Fundraiser Emma Peate on 0161 4410317, firstname.lastname@example.org
For more landmark dates in our history, take a look at our online timeline.