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Our fundraising activity

Each year Health Education England staff who work in the East Midlands are asked to nominate charities who they would like to be our chosen charity of the year. These nominations are then offered for all colleagues to vote on.


Fundraising efforts and volunteering opportunities throughout the year will be concentrated on our chosen charity, although staff are free to raise money for whichever charity they choose.

Our chosen charity for 2016/17 is Mind. This charity provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Halloween Charity Ball 2016 raises a monster £1,200

We celebrated in style at the inaugural Charity Ball, which was a huge success and testament to the hard work of Laura Meaney and the rest of the Professional Support Unit; Laura Abbott, Zoe Calder, Thomas Hamilton, Stephanie Kelsall (now in Assessments), and Fiona Perfect.

Guests were greeted with a welcome drink and meal, before the charity auction and raffle got underway. With many prizes donated by local businesses to the auction and raffle, auctioneer Adrian Brooke racked up a sizeable amount of cash for our chosen charity; Mind. In total the event raised an incredible £1,200.

“A big thankyou to Tom and to Laura and the rest of the team for making the Charity Ball such a super success. It was a really good evening, which will make a significant contribution to Mind, and was great fun for all of us there (enlivened by the masters of ceremony and by our very own dancing supremo)…very well done!” Sheona MacLeod.

Cake sale tops the £150 mark

The professional support unit’s cake sale, run on Thursday 29 September, raked in over £150. This included a raffle for a Boots bumper bonanza pamper pack, which was won by Denise Barber.

Thank you to all who took part, either by baking or buying.

Natalie raises £135 for Alzheimer’s

Natalie Elliott in the recruitment and programmes team, along with her Mum and two children, Jordan (10) and Theo (5), completed this year’s Memory Walk at Wollaton Park this summer.

Natalie has already raised a very impressive £135 for the Alzheimer’s Society but you can still add to this total at Natalie’s JustGiving page.

Muddy for Mulka

On Sunday 8 May, Finance Officer, Joanne Mulka, completed the 5km Pretty Muddy obstacle cause in Leicester. The event was hugely enjoyable, and Joanne cannot wait for her next challenge.

The race was held to support Cancer Research UK, and Joanne has so far raised £30 for this worthwhile cause. There is still time to sponsor Joanna at her JustGiving page.

Cake sale self raises £117

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our April cake sale, either by donating or buying. The event raised £117 for the Gardening Club to spend on plants and equipment to ensure that the courtyard and surrounding areas at Ruddington look great in time for spring.

Debbie's Dechox

Well done to Debbie Collington, who took part in the British Heart Foundation's Dechox and raised £75 for this worthwhile cause. Debbie spent the entire month of March without chocolate and sweet things, and with cake sales and Easter during the month, this was no mean feat.

£100 raised for Children in Need

November's takings from the Recruitment and Programmes tuck shop were donated to Children in Need, and raised £100 for this worthwhile cause. The tuck shop continues throughout the year, selling chocolate, crisps and soft drinks, with money raised being donated to our chosen charity; Cancer Research.

Let them eat cake

A big thank you to everyone who made, ate and donated to the TSS Macmillan Cake Sale. We raised a delicious £180. Macmillan are; the nurses and therapists helping those going through treatment; the experts on the end of the phone; the volunteers giving a hand with the everyday things; the campaigners pushing for better cancer care; the community supporting online, any time; the fundraisers who make it all possible...Thank you.

Toiletries donated to local refuge

Donations of toiletries, collected at our headquarters in Ruddington, have now been delivered to a local women’s refuge. They were overwhelmed with the amount donated by everyone at HEE EM, and send a huge thank you to all who donated.

Turning flour into flowers

The HEE EM Gardening Group raised over £120 for flowers, plants and equipment, as part their Bake Sale on 27 April. On offer was a vast selection of cakes, savoury muffins and samosas, along with a raffle to help the group maintain the attractiveness of the grounds of our Ruddington office.

Debbie’s Dechox

For the whole month of March, Debbie Collington in the Recruitment and Programmes Team, took a detox from chocolate and all sweet things to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. Debbie raised an amazing £150.76, contributing to a national DeChox Challenge total of £550,000.

Kaye knows the best way to raise money

On March 13, the Quality Showcase event,was organised by the Quality and Regulation Team, and held at the Imago Conference Centre in Loughborough. As it was Comic Relief Day, Kaye Burnett, our Independent Chair, gave her keynote speech wearing a red nose, and raised £80.00 for the charity.

Comic Relief final total reaches £219.06

Our Educator and School Development Team raised a massive £219.06 for Comic Relief, serving up hot cobs and vegetarian alternatives. Parul Jani, Postgraduate Medical Education Administrator, also brought in some homemade onion bhajis on the Friday which helped towards the total. Well done to everyone involved and thank you to those who contributed.

Basic Life Support Skills raises £76 for the Heart Foundation

During February we undertook basic life support skills training at HEE EM, and although the sessions were free, staff were asked to make a donation to the British Heart Foundation. This resulted in £76 being raised. Thank you to all staff who contributed.

Tracey Carstairs completes the Dopey Challenge

Tracey Carstairs, Workforce Planning and Development Manager in our Northamptonshire Workforce Team, recently took part in Disney World’s Dopey Challenge, not only completing the gruelling succession of races, but smashing her personal best marathon time by 29 minutes (that’s over a minute a mile faster than previous times), and raised nearly £600 for the Alzheimer’s Society, in memory of our colleague, Kate Kitson, who sadly passed away last year.

The Dopey Challenge is held every year at Disney World in Florida, and consists of running a total of 48.6 miles over four days. That’s a 5km run, a 10km run, a half and full marathon. That’s some feat for some feet!

£269.54 for charity - We’ll drink to that!

All donations from the coffee machine in the breakout area at our Ruddington office are donated to our current and former charities of the year. Thanks to donations between July and October, we have raised the following amounts of money:

  • Alzheimer’s Society - £86.25
  • Cancer Research UK - £73.13
  • Rainbows Hospice - £63.99
  • Mind - £46.17

That’s a grand total of £269.54. Well done everyone!

East Midlands to send four families on holiday!

Response to this our Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund fundraiser was phenomenal, raising a huge £1,403.86 for the charity.

The charity makes donations of £350 to families of people who live with the disease, so it's incredible that four families will be able to enjoy a holiday.

Charlotte Bliss in the careers team drove the event forward, and worked tirelessly to make it a success, and the huge amount raised is a testament to this. Well done Charlotte, and everyone who took part.

Collection tins

Tea and coffee is available for visitors in our breakout area free of charge, although we do ask for donations to our chosen charity, and those we have raised for in previous years. At the last count we collected £100.54 for Cancer Research UK, £120.20 for Rainbows Children's Hospice, and £125.00 for the Alzheimer's Society. Thank you to all who contributed. 

Race for Life

A big well done to our colleagues; Becki Tongue, Emily Conlin, Lucia Chimenti, Suzanne Fuller and Kate Evans, who took part in the Race for Life 10k on Sunday 5 June. Despite the hot conditions, they all completed the course, and raised a huge £220 in the process. This far exceeded their initial £100 target, and so they would like to thank all who contributed.

Collection tins

Tea and coffee is available for visitors in our breakout area free of charge, although we do ask for donations to our chosen charity, and those we have raised for in previous years. At the last count we collected £155.71 for Cancer Research UK, £93.17 for Rainbows Children's Hospice, and £76.66 for the Alzheimer's Society. Thank you to all who contributed. 

Tuck shop raises £100 for Heartlink

All money raised at the tuck shop throughout March was donated to the charity Heart Link, which raised £100.

Heart Link was formed in 1981 as a support group for parents and families who had a child suffering from a heart defect. Over the years they have also become increasingly committed to improving facilities for their young patients, their families and providing much needed valuable medical equipment.

Big money raised for Big Yellow Thursday

The Big Yellow Thursday cake sale raised a delicious £163.81 for the Children's Liver Disease Foundation. As well as buying cakes, colleagues were encouraged to wear yellow to raise awareness of the charity.

The event included a 'guess the sprinkles on the cake' competition, won by Fiona McMillan, whose educated guess of 2,141 was the closest. Fiona will be celebrating with a lovely bottle of Prosecco!

Christmas Fair

Our Christmas Fair, held on Thursday 3 December, proved once again how great we are when we get together for fun and fundraising. The very grand total raised from the event was an amazing £426.50, so a big well done to all who contributed. The money will go to our chosen charity, Cancer Research, to continue the great work that they do.

Let them eat cake at the Macmillan Coffee Morning

A big thank you to everyone who made, ate and donated to the TSS Macmillan Cake Sale. We raised a delicious £180. Macmillan are; the nurses and therapists helping those going through treatment; the experts on the end of the phone; the volunteers giving a hand with the everyday things; the campaigners pushing for better cancer care; the community supporting online, any time; the fundraisers who make it all possible…Thank you.

Debbie’s jewellery sale

Debbie Collington of the Recruitment and Programmes team held a sale of recrafted, upcycled jewellery, all from pieces donated by HEE EM staff. In total Debbie raised a sparkling £151.20, which will be donated to Heartlink Children’s Charity, based at Glenfield Hospital.

James McLean’s marathon bike ride

James McLean, Deputy Dean, Quality, Education and Environment, completed a 100-mile bike ride from Cosby Golf Club to the seaside resort of Skegness in a very impressive time of just over six hours. James, along with twenty teammates from the golf club, embarked on the marathon bike ride to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, and in total the group raised a staggering £14,000. James contribution was an equally impressive £570.

Ruth Races for Life

Ruth Auton, Strategic Workforce Development Manager, took part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Leicester. Ruth, along with her daughter, took a brisk walk and completed the route in 1hour 12 minutes, raising £50 for the cause.

Book sales raise £68

Dhru Shah spoke at our recent Dental Celebration event, and promised that for every book his company (Dentinal Tubules) gave out on the day, they would donate 50p to a charity of our choosing. They gave out 134 books in total, and as such have now made a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society for £68.00. We thank Dhru and his company for this very generous donation.

Marcia’s Angels

Marcia’s Angels were back in their trainers on Sunday 21 June, completing the Clumber Park Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research and raising £544. In addition, a glut of tomato plants and other things to grow were also available in the atrium at Ruddington, with proceeds added to the fund.

Kimberley Messam and Lucia Chimenti ran the 10km course in 1 hour and 12 minutes, while Becki Tongue (27 minutes), Cherry Cadiente (35 minutes), Katy Simmons (31 minutes) and Emma Robinson (32 minutes) completed the 5km course. Unfortunately Hannah Whyley had to pull out injured.

Charity tins collect £100

They say that if you look after the pennies, the pounds will take care of themselves, and this was proven this week when we emptied the Alzheimer’s Society collection tins at Ruddington. The tins contained over £100, half of which were 10ps (and you don’t need Carole Vorderman to tell you that’s £50). So if you’ve contributed, whether by a lot or a little, we thank you.

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