Charity receives a windfall after just five minutes’ work

DONATION Sales and marketing director Jon Birrell and Poole depot general manager Helen Allinson-James from Brenntag UK, head of creativity Julia Haywood and purchasing manager Katharine Paulley from Hampshire Cosmetics and Amanda Mahoney from the Rowans Hospice
DONATION Sales and marketing director Jon Birrell and Poole depot general manager Helen Allinson-James from Brenntag UK, head of creativity Julia Haywood and purchasing manager Katharine Paulley from Hampshire Cosmetics and Amanda Mahoney from the Rowans Hospice
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IT TOOK a Waterlooville firm just five minutes to raise £1,143 for The Rowans Hospice.

It came about after one of Hampshire Cosmetics’ suppliers asked the firm – and its other customers – to fill out a satisfaction survey.

As an incentive, Brenntag said it would put £1 in a charity pot for every survey returned – and one would be picked at random to win the total.

Peter Darke, managing director of Hampshire Cosmetics, said: ‘We’ve had an association with The Rowans Hospice going back quite some time, for example donating raffle prizes.

‘We’re supportive of it because it’s a local charity.

‘When we heard we’d won, rather than me pick the charity, I asked Julia Haywood, our head of creativity; Katharine Paulley, our purchasing manager; and Jemma Skillcorn, our raw material buyer, to choose.

‘They chose The Rowans.’

Katharine said: ‘It’s local, so rather than pick a national charity to benefit, we thought it would be nice to give it to a local one.’

The cheque was presented to Amanda Mahoney, Rowans fundraising manager.

She said: ‘If it wasn’t for the support of local businesses, we simply wouldn’t exist.

‘It costs £4.6m each year to run the hospice and we only get around £750,000 from grants and other funding, so the remainder is what we look to raise.

‘So thank you.’

The cheque was officially presented to Amanda by Helen Allinson-James, general manager of Brenntag UK’s Poole depot, and Jon Birrell, the firm’s sales and marketing manager.

He said: ‘We asked firms to answer 10 questions on the survey, which only took about five minutes – that’s how long it took for them to win.’

Staff at the firm will also donate the interest accrued from their Christmas Saving Scheme to the Rowans.