‘Beans means cash’ for Tamworth’s Bristan staff supporting St Giles Hospice

Monday, 25th March 2019

COOKING up a fundraising idea has ‘bean’ a blast for staff at Bristan who have a soggy surprise in store for one of their bosses.

A stone-cold bath of beans is on the menu for one of five directors at the Tamworth-based firm where staff are supporting Orange Wednesday in aid of St Giles Hospice.

Taking place on 3rd April, Orange Wednesday is all about joining forces in a huge orange day of fun to raise both awareness and funds for the hospice, which supports people living with terminal illnesses.

Determined to make a big splash, the charity team at the Tamworth firm decided to ask its employees to donate to vote for which boss they want to see bathing in a bath of beans. Of five directors, the one raising the most cash will be forced to sit in the bean bath for 30 minutes.

To promote the fundraiser and encourage others to join in the fun, charity committee member Sarah Yates was seen as the ideal CANdidate to try out the bean filled bath!

Laura Carlton, Charity Lead at Bristan, said: “We’re really grateful to Sarah for taking one for the team and volunteering to get beaned. She got absolutely drenched but we had a great laugh and I know it will help boost our fundraising total for St Giles.

“We can’t wait to find out which one of our directors raises the most money on 3rd April so we can do it all again!”

Bristan Staff enjoy a bath of beans

Bristan Staff enjoy a bath of beans

Elinor Eustace, Director of Fundraising at St Giles Hospice, said: “We’d like to thank Bristan for getting behind Orange Wednesday in such an enthusiastic and imaginative way. We absolutely love the bath of beans idea and we hope it will encourage others to join in the fun.

“Many people are fearful of the word ‘hospice’ and think that a hospice is just a building and somewhere you go to die. Through ‘Orange Wednesday’ we want to show that hospices are warm and vibrant and celebrate life.

“St Giles supports over 7,000 people each year facing the challenge of a potentially terminal illness. But there are at least another 1,000 people in the community who could benefit from our support if the funds were available.

“That’s why we are calling on people to get involved on this special day and to let everyone know about the work that St Giles does and hopefully reduce some of the fear around hospice care. There are many ways people can show their support from playing our lottery and visiting our shops to staging their own orange-themed event.”

READ MORE: Go orange to support St Giles Hospice on 3rd April

People can sign up now for an Orange Wednesday fundraising pack crammed with ideas about how to get involved. The pack includes a 10 per cent discount voucher valid in all St Giles’ shops every Wednesday in April.

All proceeds will go to St Giles Hospice, who provide physical, practical and emotional support free of charge for people living with potentially terminal illnesses or those who are grieving across South Staffordshire, North Birmingham, Walsall and surrounding areas.

To find out more about Orange Wednesday, register for a fundraising pack and download your voucher, please visit: www.stgileshospice.com/orangewednesday