Everyday their incredible staff care for around 150 people in the Hospice, the Community and in the hospitals of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH).
Over the past few years Sobell House has formed an increasingly positive relationship with the Oxfordshire business community. Many local businesses have developed fantastic partnerships with the hospice and one way of doing this is by joining their 40 Club.
The Sobell House 40 Club
The 40 Club was started in 2016 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sobell House. It’s a great way for Oxfordshire companies to get involved with Sobell House and put caring with compassion and dignity at the heart of their Corporate Social Responsibility agenda.
The 40 Club can benefit businesses in a number of ways:
Build team spirit by incorporating charitable giving into an organisation. It’s a fantastic opportunity to engage staff whilst doing something wonderful for your local hospice.
Access a large audience by reaching into the local community and be seen by over 70,000 annual visitors to the Sobell House website
Promote staff involvement and raise profile. Membership of the 40 Club gives local businesses a wonderful opportunity to show their customers how they support local good causes
Changing lives. Through supporting your local hospice businesses will be making a huge difference to the Oxfordshire community, helping Sobell House to care and support around 3,000 people every year
Members of the 40 Club commit to raising a minimum of £10,000 over four years and most far exceed this There are now 17 members making a huge positive difference.
40 Club member Spotlight: Beard
Beard based here in Oxford has been a member of the 40 Club since 2016 and over that time have raised over £25,000! Sobell House has formed a fantastic partnership with them and they have raised money in a variety of ways including a swim, a half marathon and a jailbreak.
Fifteen members of staff recently climbed the Three Peaks of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours, all in aid of Sobell House. Whilst doing this they raised an incredible grand total of £8,405 which exceeded their fundraising target by over six thousand pounds! The entire team of 15 completed the challenge, some with two hours to spare and others with two minutes!!
Edward Nolan, Beard estimator , who led the group, said: “A few of us have always discussed taking on the Three Peaks Challenge. It appealed to us because unlike a cycle ride / marathon, the challenge is completed over a 24-hour period.
“We hiked up Ben Nevis in the evening and Scafell Pike in the early hours of the following morning and then drove to Wales and clambered up Snowdon that afternoon. With only minimal sleep, in a cramped mini bus, it was just as much about mental endurance as it was physical! I am so proud of our team and what we achieved.”
Ed continued: “We chose Sobell House because many of us either know or have known of someone who has been cared for at the hospice so well. It’s a loved place by the Oxfordshire community and a charity which we want to give our continued support to.
Personally, for me, my grandmother was looked after at Sobell House over 25 years ago and the team there continue to do amazing work to this day for Oxfordshire.”
Dean Averies, Beard’s Oxford-based director, said: “Beard loves a challenge and I am extremely proud of our team for completing the significant feat of conquering the UK’s three tallest mountains – all for an incredibly worthwhile cause. We are all delighted to support Sobell House and the amazing and hugely valuable work the hospice does in the community.”
Tim Wraith, Corporate Partnerships Manager, said: “The Beard team is a valuable supporter of the hospice and we’re incredibly grateful for that. We are delighted for them that they raised such a significant amount which exceeded their target. This epic trip received fantastic support from the Beard Charitable Foundation and Mark Beard has become such a good friend of Sobell House. Beard is such a great example of what it means to give something back to the local community”
If you are interested in forming a partnership with Sobell House and would like to know more please contact Tim Wraith their Corporate Partnerships Manager.