First birthday celebration raises £6,500 for St Luke’s Hospice

A very special birthday celebration for First Buses also meant a special gift for St Luke’s Hospice.

The company marked the 60th anniversary of running buses from its Olive Grove depot in Sheffield with an open day that included 50 heritage vehicles for transport lovers to explore, children’s fair rides, food stalls, a bus driving experience, a bus wash experience, an engineering walking tour of the garage, visits by the Sea Cadets and Fire Service, a tombola and bucket collection.

There was no entry fee to the event, but all proceeds generated on the day – along with other fundraising initiatives through the year – amounted to a remarkable £6,500 which has been donated to St Luke’s Hospice. Anna Gott, St Luke’s fundraising account manager, said: “We were delighted that in their Diamond anniversary year, First Buses supported St Luke’s.

“A donation of this scale really will make an enormous difference to the lives of our patients and their families in this our 50th anniversary year.”

Nigel Eggleton, managing director at First South Yorkshire said: “Our open day in Sheffield was a great success and through people’s generosity we have raised a grand total of £6,500 for St Luke’s Hospice.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved and as a business we will continue to work closely with the charity throughout 2022.”


Get involved with The Master Cutler’s Challenge

The Master Cutler’s Challenge is one of the largest annual fundraising events in the region. It has inspired organisations, schools, and individuals to raise over half a million pounds for local causes.

This year Master Cutler, James Tear of The Solpro Group, has chosen to support Cavendish Cancer Care to raise awareness.

Cavendish Cancer Care are there for anyone affected by cancer. They provide free one to one therapies, online groups, and courses, offering an individually tailored package that is right for each client.

Cavendish Cancer Care rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses to help continue what they do. They receive just 4 per cent of their income from statutory funding (which would keep them open for about two weeks), and yet they know that there is an incredible demand for these services.

How the challenge works

Once signed up to the challenge, you will be invited to the launch event in Spring 2022. You will receive a £50 seed fund to kickstart your idea.

Your challenge is to raise as much money as you can from this before the closing ceremony in autumn.

Sign up:

For more information, please contact  or go to


Love is in the air!

Love is in the air this month, whether you are loving being single or enjoying time with the love of your life.  I have three bits of advice for all you not for profit CEOs, Directors, Volunteers and Trustees this month.

  1. Love yourself this year. You are here after two horrendous years, well done!  Pat yourself on the back for still serving your community, doing what you do best, stepping up to help your community and for keeping on keeping on!
  2. Love your beneficiaries. Speak to those who you exist for – what do they need from you? How can their lives be better in a way that you can help with? Whatever you do, have your beneficiaries at the forefront and you won’t go wrong. Don’t chase funding for the money – apply because you align with a funder and the money will help you deliver.
  3. Love those who support you. Take the time to speak with your volunteers, Directors and Trustees, thank them for what they do and take on board their thoughts on improving your delivery, they know best.

Keep love in the air this year, keep being grateful for what we have and keep doing what you do, it is appreciated, you are loved.  Happy Valentine’s Day!


Belmayne forges links with four new charities

Dronfield-based financial planners, Belmayne, will be raising much needed funds for four small charities throughout 2022, continuing their commitment to the local community.

Since its launch in 2019, the Belmayne Foundation has donated more than £20,000 to organisations that focus on health and wellbeing and provide relief to those in need.

All funds raised this year will be split equally between Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team, Disability Awareness with Sport, Sheffield Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and Sight Support Derbyshire.

The Belmayne team are organising a programme of fundraising events throughout the next 12 months, the largest of which will be a ball, held on May 14 at the Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria in Sheffield. The evening is fully funded by the firm, so all money raised from ticket sales and activities on the night benefits its annual charities. Belmayne partner, Ben Smalley, said: “We are really pleased to be joining forces with four new organisations this year and excited to begin our fundraising mission once again. After a long, pandemic-related delay, we are looking forward to finally holding another charity ball. We aim to make this year’s event a record-breaker and a memorable evening for everyone.”

All are welcome to attend. Tickets are £50 per head and include a three-course meal and bottle of wine per couple.They can be purchased at:

Please contact the firm direct to reserve a table of ten.

For more information about the charities supported by the Belmayne Foundation, visit: or follow the firm on Twitter, @belmayneifa