See how they grow!

24 July 2017

The premise for The Donna Louise Enterprise Challenge was simple, each team taking part was given £50, and they had until the end of June to turn it into as much money as they could to support the children and families at the hospice. A record-breaking 42 teams took up the challenge and have raised a phenomenal £15,000 with more still coming in.

There was so much fabulous fundraising, judges had a very tough time picking the winners. Prizes were awarded to the winning teams at a special celebration event at the hospice on Thursday 20th July:

Quickest off the Mark – The Rotary Club of Blythe Bridge

The first to return the money they'd raised was The Rotary Club of Blyth Bridge who distributed tubes of Smarties and returned them with over £400 inside.

Blyth Bridge Rotary

Pictured: Lynne Deavin with The Donna Louise Relationship Manager, Vicky Smith

Caring and Sharing Award – Boots

With 16 stores across the region taking part, the award for the business who best embraced the challenge across their organisation had to be Boots. Together, they raised thousands of pounds through an array of fabulous fundraising activities.

Most successful fundraising project – Hosting Systems Limited

Hosting Systems used their seed money to buy supplies for a BBQ and charged people to come along. The team also used a fantastic network of contacts to secure some wonderful raffle prizes and raised over £800.

Hosting Systems

Pictured: Juliet Moran from Hosting Systems with The Donna Louise Relationship Manager, Chris Belyavin

Most creative fundraising idea – St. Theresa's Catholic Primary School

St. Theresa's Catholic Primary School in Trent Vale took on a whole host of creative fundraising. Embracing the blue and yellow from The Donna Louise logo, the children organised a Minion colour run and even held a blue and yellow themed cake sale to replenish all the calories they'd burnt off during their run.

St Theresas

Pictured: Pupils from the school with The Donna Louise Relationship Manager, Vicky Smith

Overall Fundraising Champion – Asda Distribution Centre

The team at Asda Distribution Centre in Newcastle clearly have a sweet tooth with chocolate and sweets playing a bit part in their success. Kicking off their challenge around Easter, the team bought tubes full of mini egg and again, returned them full of cash. They also held an Easter chocolate raffle, hosted cake sales, sold pick 'n' mix sweets and much more. They then used some of the money they'd raised to enter The Donna Louise Family Fun Run and raised an additional £500. In total, the Overall Fundraising Champions raised over £1,500.

Asda Distribution Centre

Pictured: Debbie Dilberto from Asda Distribution Centre and The Donna Louise Relationship Manager, Katie Tams

Enterprise Challenge 2018

The Enterprise Challenge will be back in summer 2018 with a VERY special twist. To learn how your business or group can get involved, please contact Nicky Birks on 01782 654444 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The Donna Louise Children's Hospice, 1 Grace Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8FN

Reception: 01782 654440
Fundraising hotline: 01782 654444

The Donna Louise Trust is a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in England and Wales No. 3701610 and registered with The Charity Commission No.1075597.