On 4th April 2017, Theo once again launched the Many Hands Campaign for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity (RMCH). Each year the Charity encourages North West small businesses to support the hospital by pledging to fundraise £1,000 each over a six-month period.
On the night Theo did a Q&A session with BBC presenter Hugh Ferris covering a range of topics from politics and small businesses to Corporate Social Responsibility.
This September’s event finale will see Theo once again form part of the judging panel. He will award the business which presents the most innovative and successful fundraising idea, alongside guest judge Shelina Begum, business editor of Manchester Evening News. The prize for the winning pitch is a private meet and greet with Theo!
Speaking about the importance of small business support, Theo said: “You’re never too small to help make a difference, and that’s something many businesses don’t realise. If everyone does their bit, whether a small percentage of their time and money, their efforts combined with others can make a big impact and that is something very exciting to be part of.
This year the Charity have set a target of £50,000 to go towards X-Ray equipment called the Mini C-Arm, this is a state-of-the-art piece of equipment for use in operating theatres.
This year marks the fifth year of the campaign and of Theo’s involvement in it. In total they have raised over £240,000 and seen over 175 companies get involved from across the region. Last year the winner, Gary Chaplin, organised a cycling event with the aim of cycling the height of Mount Everest. Other ideas included festivals and one company’s directors became PAs and chauffers all for this very worthwhile cause.
If you or your organisation would like to get involved, please visit the website to register: www.rmchcharity.org.uk/get-involved/corporate- fundraising/many-hands- 2017