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.