Not for Profit

Published: February 2, 2022 | Updated: February 3, 2022

“Fantastic” staff praised after fundraising year results in bumper £5,000 cheque for Teddy20

Sam James of Wessex Property Care (left) presents the cheque to Owen Newton of Teddy20.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

A charity supporting children going through cancer – and their families – is £5,000 better off thanks to generous staff at a Dorset company.

Shaftesbury-based Wessex Group Ltd presented Teddy20 with the cheque after making it their 2021 chosen charity.

Over the course of the year the company, comprising Wessex Fire & Security, Wessex Electricals and Wessex Property Care, organised a number of fundraising events to raise money.

They ranged from fancy dress to cake baking competitions with the team pulling out all the stops and having fun at the same time.

For the most recent fundraiser they held a Christmas tombola with an impressive array of prizes donated by staff, suppliers and customers.

Prizes included a 55” flat screen tv, Virginia Hayward hampers, wine, champagne and a lot of chocolate.

The raffle tickets, alone, raised over £2,000.

Each year Wessex Group employees are invited to nominate charities for the company to support.

In 2021, Sam James, from the Wessex Property Care team, nominated Teddy20 as it’s a charity close to his heart.

The whole company subsequently agreed that this was the charity they wanted to support.

Sam said: “Teddy20 was named after Ted Newton, a ten-year-old boy who lost a horrific  battle with cancer.

“His family set this charity up to support children going through cancer and their families.

“Teddy20 provide funding to families to ease financial pressures, offer a holiday respite in their ‘Ted Shack’ holiday home, and host parties, events and experiences for the children and their families.

“They also donate money to research into the various forms of cancer.

“This family revisit the most horrific time of their lives every day to help other families through the same horror.

“I volunteer in various ways for this charity and they never fail to blow me away with their amazing work.

“They work so hard to raise the money, let alone the work they do with the money.

“They are local heroes and the money would do so much good for so many families suffering the effects of children’s cancer.”

Simon Morgan, Director, Wessex Group, said: “We are proud to support Teddy20 and have held a number of entertaining fundraising events.

“The staff are fantastic and always get stuck in to raise money.

“It is heartening to know that the fun we have at the events go to a very worthy cause.”

Owen Newton, Founder of Blandford-based Teddy20, said: “We are very thankful to Wessex for their charitable efforts and the amount they have raised for Teddy20.

“We survive solely on donations and their support will help us continue to provide support to children and young people suffering with cancer.”