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SF Society Magazine joins the Natterbox Summer Fundraising Party

July 29, 2019

SF Society Magazine joins the Natterbox Summer Fundraising Party in support of The Lily Pad Appeal

We’ve had a fantastic year at Natterbox so far, but as well as celebrating internally and rewarding our well-deserving team, we’re also keen to give back to those in need. This was our second Summer Experience charity day following its launch in 2018 and, given its success last year, we wanted to go even bigger and better this year.

We chose to raise money for The Chartwell Cancer Trust Lily Pad Appeal, to help contribute to their £750,000 target for a new oncology unit in the brand-new paediatric village at Croydon University Hospital. The new unit is designed to enhance and transform the patient experience for children, young people and their families who are dealing with cancer and facing the possibility of spending up to two years in treatment for their illness. This was a great opportunity for Natterbox to give back to our community via a local initiative based in Croydon. What’s more, almost everyone knows someone who’s been affected by cancer, so the cause is something that is very close to all of our hearts.

It was a truly fun-packed day filled with thrilling activities, from microlighting, flying light aeroplanes and helicopters and paragliding, to water zorbing and quad biking. We wanted to give our staff, partners and customers a day they would never forget, whilst raising money for a fantastic cause that will ultimately help save children’s lives and support them during treatment so they can hopefully go on to have similarly brilliant and unforgettable experiences.

Luke Walker, Head of Project Management at Dennis Publishing said: “I don’t think I’ve ever been offered the chance to fly a plane in my life and I’m not sure I will get the opportunity again! The whole day was very well organised and Natterbox thought of everything. We can’t think of a better way to support such a great cause. Hats off to them!”

Alex Grear, Head of Operations at Natwest APtimise said: “It was a hugely memorable day bringing together a great group of people to champion a truly fantastic cause.”

We are absolutely thrilled to have raised over £7,000 both through online donations and our charity auction on the day, which The Lily Pad Appeal played a huge and important role in helping us to organise. Helicopter and microlight flying lessons and the use of a villa in Gran Canaria were all up for grabs, along with a 90-minute yoga session and VIP Tickets to Biggin Hill Air Show. And The Lily Pad Appeal were onsite during the day to speak with guests and educate all of us on why their work is so vitally important to so many people’s lives.

Joe Marano, Strategic Account Manager at Salesforce said: “I think it’s vital that all businesses have a commitment to supporting charitable causes and giving something back to society. Natterbox’s Summer Experience day was filled with thrilling activities both in the air and on the ground and what a fantastic amount of money it helped to raise.

“Cancer is a massive issue and most people have some sort of personal experience of it, so we were delighted to be able to support The Lily Pad Appeal alongside Natterbox at such a fantastic event.”

Neil Hammerton, CEO and Co-founder, Natterbox said: “I believe businesses have a duty to support, provide care for and champion their entire communities. We put a lot of work into making sure our Summer Experience days are unforgettable for everyone who joins us and into ensuring we raise lots of money for charitable causes that we truly care about. It’s all about having fun, raising money and giving back, and we can’t wait to see the finalised oncology unit in the knowledge that we have played an important role in its development.”

Donations to The Lily Pad Appeal can be made here.

The Chartwell Cancer Trust is working in partnership with Croydon University Hospital to set out to raise £750,000 to fund the creation of a new modern Oncology Unit as part of the wider redevelopment plans for Acute Paediatric Services. The new facilities will accommodate all of the key services for very unwell children in modern surroundings with enhanced facilities for patients, parents and the hospital’s medical teams.

The charity is counting on the Croydon business community to join their appeal – The CCT Lily Pad Appeal – to make this life-changing project happen. One such business sharing our commitment to our children and excellence in our health care, is Digital Customer Communications Business Natterbox based in Croydon.

They invited The Chartwell Cancer Trust to join them at their ‘Summer Experience’ on the Thursday 4th July. It was a day full of exciting experiences whilst supporting a local charity. By collecting donations and holding a charity auction, with the support of their customers, partners and peers, they raised over £7K on the day, a significant contribution towards the appeal.

Senior Trustee from The Chartwell Cancer Trust, Michael Douglas, said: “The appeal is now really gathering momentum. With the current level of support we are receiving from local businesses, such as the amazing contribution from Natterbox, we are working towards a brand new state of the art ward to provide the children undergoing treatment in Croydon University Hospital what they need and deserve.” “We cannot thank Natterbox enough for choosing to support The CCT’s Lily Pad Appeal and for helping us to make a difference to cancer care in our local community.”

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