Over the past three years there has been a big increase in the support Sobell House receives from the Oxfordshire business community. Here Tim Wraith, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Sobell House, talks about some of the highlights of the past few months and also the plans for 2020.
As the Corporate Partnerships Manager here at Sobell House I love what I do connecting with the local business community. I love it because of the actual cause, how we support someone coming to the end of their life defines how we are as a society and the care at Sobell House is incredible. I love the job also because of its diversity, doing so many different things each day from filling a skip, attending a Black-Tie Dinner and so much in between! I have worked hard to forge great partnerships with local businesses and I have done this in many different ways.
In 2019 we had a series of Sobell House Business Breakfasts which proved very popular. The first one was at the Cherwell Boathouse in February and our guest speaker was Adrian Cooper, CEO from Oxford Economics’. This was followed by our second Business Breakfast at Gee’s on the Banbury Road. There we had a fantastic talk by the journalist Alan Rusbridger. For our Business Breakfasts we look for great venues and very interesting and relevant speakers. Both events were fantastic.
In early December we had our first Sobell House Business Lunch at the Old Bank Hotel. Again, another wonderful local venue on the High Street in Oxford. We had a lovely lunch and were treated to a brilliant talk from the footballer Martin Keown who lives locally here in Oxford. It was a fantastic event and Martin really captured the room talking about his life in football both as a player and now as a journalist and pundit. A wonderful atmosphere and a lot of warmth towards Martin and Sobell House.
In early January we had the Sobell House Winter Walk at the iconic Blenheim Palace. Over 600 people got togged up and enjoyed a wonderful walk around the grounds at Blenheim Palace whilst supporting the care here at Sobell House. This year the event was sponsored by Chris Lewis Fire & Security, Kare Plus Oxford and Ridge & Partners. A huge thank you to all three local businesses for their generosity.
The Sobell House Golf Day
Please do look out for the Sobell House Golf Day that is taking place on Friday June 5th, again at Studley Wood Golf Club. It’s a fantastic course and we always have a brilliant day. Again, the Headline Sponsors are Polythene UK and Oxford Gene Technology and they have supported this event since it first started. Fantastic kindness!
The cost is £300 for a team of four which includes bacon roll and coffee on arrival, 18 holes of golf and dinner in the evening. And lots more too! We also have other great opportunities to sponsor aspects of the day and promote your business.If you would like to enter a team or provide sponsorship please do contact me.
Finally, in March we will be launching the new Sobell Business Club. I will be promoting this over the coming weeks so do look out for details. This new business club has been designed to attract businesses of all sizes and it will be a great positive way to support Sobell House, your local hospice.
A very big Thank You to all those local businesses who support Sobell House, I am incredibly grateful!