A local charity is appealing to businesses from across Greater Manchester to take on a very special challenge this March.

The St Ann’s Hospice ‘Move, Eat, Play, Give’ challenge gives businesses a flexible, bespoke way to show their support of the charity.

Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive of the hospice, said: “Our corporate challenge will take place throughout March, and it’s been developed so that teams from businesses in the area can choose activities which best suit them.

“Not only will you be making an impact at St Ann’s, it’s also an opportunity to bring your team together to make a positive difference. In a world where more and more of us are embracing remote working, and some teams only connecting over the internet, projects or activities which unite a workforce are incredibly important.

“We know that the last few years have been difficult for corporates, as it has been for the hospice too, but we’re hoping that this will be a great opportunity for us all to come together and do something positive and uplifting for local patients and their families – it will hopefully be a helpful way to boost team morale too.”

The ‘Move, Eat, Play, Give’ challenge offers businesses the ability to choose activities from any of the four categories, tailoring activity to suit their own circumstances, needs and resources. Whether that’s a physical challenge to walk three miles a day as part of daily lockdown exercise (the equivalent of the distance that a hospice nurse walks in an average shift on the wards), holding a virtual quiz night, or collecting clothes to donate to one of the hospice shops when they reopen, there are a huge variety of ways that teams can choose to join in.

Businesses will have the whole month of March to take part, and the business or employee that raises the most money will also receive a prize.

Bridging Finance lender, SDKA, took part in the challenge last year and raised over £9,000 taking on different personal challenges from fasting, losing weight, exercising and even standing upside down.

Nisha Mehta, Marketing Manager at SDKA said “SDKA is a local business and supporting a local charity makes it close to our hearts. Personally, I have known someone who received care at St Ann’s. For that person and their family, the hospice made such a massive difference and I think more people need to be aware of what a fantastic job the charity is doing.”

Rachel McMillan added: “As a charity, we need to fundraise £20,000 a day to keep our services running and we’d be hugely grateful to any business who chooses to take part in this challenge for St Ann’s.

“We hope that by enabling organisations to choose their own itinerary and ways to support us, it will mean that they can take advantage of the flexibility, whilst also helping us to continue caring for people in their local community. Huge thanks in advance to anyone considering getting involved.”

St Ann’s is one of the oldest and largest hospices in the UK, and celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. It cares for local people affected by life-limiting illnesses from its sites in Heald Green, and Little Hulton as well as via a range of community and outreach services.

The hospice is also asking any business who might be able to consider St Ann’s as its charity of the year for 2022 to get in touch on 0161 498 3631.

For more information on the ‘Move, Eat, Play, Give’ challenge, please visit www.sah.org.uk/corporatechallenge