Brain Chase Coles host Christmas Drinks in aid of Naomi House & jacksplace
This year Brain Chase Coles used its Christmas get-together not only to make and build on local contacts but to gather funds and gifts for Naomi House children’s hospice.
Having supported the Hampshire charity throughout the year, we invited various representatives of local businesses to fundraising Christmas drinks on Wednesday 12 December.
Those invited were requested to come bearing gifts: not incense or myrrh, or even additional supplies of mulled wine, but presents for a Naomi House child or young person, chosen from a list provided by the hospice.
There was a raffle, in which the top prize was a TaylorMade R11S Driver golf club worth over £200, and a competition to guess the weight of a Christmas cake. Tina Starbuck, a Naomi House fundraiser, also gave a presentation to the assembled guests, in which she explained the importance of the hospice’s services for life-limited children and young people, as well as their families.
The tree was swamped by over 100 presents and proceeds from the raffle and competition, all of which were donated to the charity, came to £250.
“We were astounded by the generosity of all those invited,” said Jon Coles, a partner at Brain Chase Coles. “It’s great to celebrate Christmas with business contacts, but linking with Naomi House as well added a whole new dimension. The hospice is such a fantastic cause and supporting them made the event seem much more worthwhile.”
Tina Starbuck commented: “The children who come to Naomi House won’t experience that many Christmases so we try to make sure that each festive season is packed with events and moments that they, and their families, will cherish. We are incredibly grateful to Brain Chase Coles and all the firms involved for their kindness in donating so many presents and raising substantial funds.”