Patrons: Bill Beaumont, Mark Lawrenson & Tisha Merry Reg Charity No: 512186

More than £600 in the net for St Catherine’s from Preston firm’s World Cup fundraiser

Staff at a Preston firm were cheering on England’s World Cup team more than most this summer.

That’s because every time England scored a goal, it was another £20 in the net for the PAR Group’s fundraising efforts for St Catherine’s Hospice. 

Ben Rutter, from the PAR Group’s marketing team, came up with the innovative idea which resulted in a £20 donation to the charity for every goal England scored during the World Cup.

With match-funding from Warrington-based Bedaro, the Lostock Hall charity has benefitted from a fantastic £640 donation.

“It was lucky that England scored so many goals, especially during the Panama game when they scored six,” Ben said. “We counted penalties too! I kept willing them to score not just for the football, but for the hospice as well.”

He added: “We’ve supported St Catherine’s over the years as some of our staff members have experience of the care provided by the charity. It was great that one of the companies we work with, Bedaro, was keen to get involved and help too.”

Hayley Jackson, fundraiser for St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “There was a great sense of national pride during the World Cup, and it was made all the more exciting knowing that St Catherine’s was befitting every time England scored. This money will really help in our continued efforts to provide specialist palliative and end-of-life care to local people at the hospice, out in the community, and in people’s own homes.

“We’d like to say a very heartfelt ‘thank you’ to staff at PAR Group and Bedaro for their amazing support!”