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Charity doesn’t begin at home … for us it starts at CCHS and Willow

There are many reasons why the team at Liberty Bishop Contractor Services are so amazing, but the one thing in particular has made every member of staff stand out throughout 2015, their sense of duty to the community and the charitable streak that runs through each one of them. We have 2 chosen charities that we are keen supporters of: CCHS Support Group and also the Willow Foundation, we have done our utmost to raise the awareness of the great work they undertake and, at the same time, raise some much needed funds to allow them to continue doing their excellent job.

A relatively unknown charity – CCHS (Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome) Support Group was founded to help support families of those suffering from this rare, congenital breathing condition. The syndrome is the failing of the central nervous system to control breathing, affecting sufferers both throughout the day and during sleep. It develops very early in life and effects sufferers in perpetuity. CCHS is a charity very close to our hearts and this is why, over the last few months, we’ve undertaken some fantastic events to raise money and awareness.

The Willow Foundation is the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days. These Special Days enable them and their families to reconnect and refocus on each other while enjoying an activity of their choosing. A day for them, a day about them and a day that will create memories they will all treasure forever.

The first event took place over Easter when we held a bake-off. A rather stupendous and gluttonous event. The team bakes included Katie’s Victoria sponge cake with lemon icing and chocolate bunnies, the “Snake Pit” cake by Stuart, Nicky’s Cheddar and sage scones, Kim’s Bailey’s Mud Pie (Amazing), David’s red velvet (a delight that I can only say of “yum”), my personal favourite (I made it!) Choc-O-Pop cake, and Rory’s millionaire shortbread with Liberty Bishop icing!

Everyone got involved (whether baking or eating) and we raised a fantastic £100 for CCHS. For more pictures of the Liberty Bishop’s Bake-Off please click here.

Next up was the Liberty Bishop Golf day held at the glorious Luton Hoo Golf Club. This saw our 5th annual golf day, each year the attendance, standard of golf and fun just keeps getting bigger and better! An amazing day was had by all with good, bad and plain ugly golf, but all ended in smiles! Pre-BBQ we held an auction to raise funds for CCHS and, thanks to the donations of a host of organisations and artists, we managed to raise a staggering £8,016.61 – A massive thanks goes out to all of you very generous bidders.

Thanks also to Dean Davis the golf trick shot artist entertaining on the 7th hole and Hannah Burke (Ladies European Tour player) showing all the boys how it should be done on the 13th hole, and Bruce of Golf Event Photography, who took some amazing pictures of the day; you can see us all in our golfing finery here.

Lastly, but certainly not least, we entered a team for a bike ride on the 10th May. It was 25 grueling miles through some of the best countryside Hertfordshire can offer. It was another incredible turnout and the really daring participants completed it in fancy dress! Exhausting as it was mostly up hill, but also incredibly rewarding and we raised a further £1,200 for Willow Foundation. You can see the amazing pictures from our bike ride here.

A big thank you goes to everyone that has taken part in our events so far this year, and a really big thank you goes to the whole team at Liberty Bishop Contractor Services who so willingly and kindly gave their time to support these incredible charities. I am overjoyed with you and I look forward to seeing what else we achieve together throughout 2015 and beyond.

From your very proud Business Development Director, Wes Scott.

If you would like to know more about either of these charities and find out more about their work please visit their websites, OR if you’re feeling in a generous mood please do feel free to donate it’s always greatly appreciated.

CCHS Support Group: www.cchssupport.co.uk
Willow Foundation: www.willowfoundation.org.uk

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