Staff at the Hospice have been left overwhelmed by a tremendous fundraising initiative from electrical online retailer, AO. The company operate a successful logistics operation out of their Crewe depot and presented St Luke’s with a cheque for an incredible £18.114.48 at a recent awards event.

AO nominated St Luke’s as a charitable partner in July 2016 and since then, the company has ran a series of fundraising initiatives aimed at generating income for the Hospice and have hosted various fundraising events over the past few months. AO 2

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The company has a robust employee development programme which sees up to 20 members of staff selected for a place on its ‘Star Programme’ each year.

Individuals receive 6 months of management training, before nominating a charitable partner to create a timeline of fundraising activity.  The team have worked hard to surpass an original target of £15,000 through a range of activities that have included a TV quiz themed function at Crewe Alex Football Club and bag packing at local supermarkets.

Matthew Tyldesley, Communications Officer at AO, said the partnership has been of great benefit to the company: “Supporting a local charity is hugely important to our organisation. We are thrilled to be able to present St Luke’s with this cheque and look forward to working with them in other ways over the coming months.”

Commenting on behalf of the Hospice, Corporate Partnerships Manager Steven Cook said: “We have a great working relationship with AO and the team have really gone the extra mile in raising funds for us by organising engaging events and activities which their staff have really wanted to be involved with.”Presentation 1

The company will now enlist a new batch of undergraduates to take up the fundraising mantle with a new nominated charity partner.

Everyone at St Luke’s would like to thank AO for their incredible support over the past nine months.