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Businesses raise over £14,500 working 9 to 5 for MS-UK

A big congratulations to all the UK businesses who celebrated their fundraising success at the MS-UK 925 Challenge awards night on 28 November! Together they rasied over £14,500 for the charity!

Now in its second year, the challenge saw companies take part in a race against time to raise £925 in nine weeks, two days, and five hours.

Ready and raring to go, Essex-based print, design and mailing company, Direct Solutions, spead off into the lead and were the first to raise the target, and went on to raise the most money overall, totalling £2,118.

The 925 challenge participants on Awards nightOther teams that took part include 4 Networking, Chameleon International Search Ltd, Click4Assistance Ltd, Green Square, Hart Wilcox Experiential Marketing, HSBC, Natwest, Scrutton Bland, Women In Business Neworking and Wivenhoe House Hotel. All of the teams were congratulated and thanked for their hard work at an awards ceremony at Marks Tey Hotel on Thursday 28 November.

Commenting on their win, Louise Parkes, Digital Marketing Executive at Direct Solutions said: ‘We took part in the 925 Challenge for MS-UK for the second year and were absolutely delighted to take home the trophy for the fastest team to raise the £925 and for the most money raised overall.

‘The challenge is such a creative and clever way of fundraising against the clock, add in the competitive elements between local and national businesses and you have a recipe for success!’

Sasha Mills from HSBC said, ‘MS-UK is a charity that is very close to my heart following my husband’s diagnosis in 2017. Since being introduced to MS-UK they have provided invaluable support through various means such as mindfulness courses, its wellness centre Josephs Court and the social events they put on so that we can meet other families living with MS.

‘When I heard about the 925 Challenge I was keen to get involved and enter a team from HSBC UK, as not only are they important to me personally, they are also a client of HSBC UK. I wanted to get involved to help support MS-UK not only by raising money but also awareness. MS is a condition that affects so many people, it is important to spread the word about the fantastic work the charity does. The 925 Challenge was great fun and it was a great way to have some fun and team building in the office with our pumpkin carving competition and bingo!’

Lots of fun was had by all 13 companies, with leg waxing, curry and karaoke nights, banner offers, ice bucket challenges, bake sales and much more taking place to raise the money. Lots of teamwork and creative thinking was required to come up with the winning ideas, with the motivational boost of helping people with MS.

Thanking everyone for their support MS-UK Fundraising Manager, Jill Purcell said: ‘It was lovely to see so many companies at the awards event last night. A huge well done to all the teams and congratulations to those that took away a trophy. Your efforts will help us to continue supporting people with multiple sclerosis to live happier and healthier lives.’

There were a number of awards up for grabs for this challenge and these are the winners of the different catagories:

Team Spirit Award

Awarded to Click4Assistance Ltd.


Outstanding Individual

Alison Deal (Women in Business Networking)


Best Photo / Video

Hart Wilcox Experiential Marketing


Most Innovative Idea

Green Square


Quirkiest Fundraising Idea         



Most Unlikely Hero

Chris Ives (4Networking)


LOL Award

Scrutton Bland


Most Money Raised

Direct Solutions


First Team To Raise £925

Direct Solutions