On Wednesday, our Cambridge and London offices came together for our second annual Christmas quiz. The quiz was hosted live from London and featured 17 teams competing across 6 rounds of questions, which tested our knowledge on all things Christmas- and Costello Medical-related. The winning team was ‘The NICE List’ from Cambridge, and the prize for the best team name was snapped up by ‘Sleigh what?’.
Most importantly, the Christmas quiz was accompanied by a fundraising raffle. With a range of brilliant prizes up for grabs, including a coffee machine and a spa day, the raffle raised £746.69, bringing our current total to £1,074.80. As well as providing a fantastic boost to our fundraising total, the event proved a great way to welcome in the start of the holiday season. A huge thank you to everyone involved in organising the quiz and raffle, as well as all those who participated and gave generously.
Stay tuned for updates on all the exciting fundraising activities that will be taking place throughout 2019!
We are proud that all our fundraising efforts will be supporting three fantastic charities – Widowed and Young (WAY), Papyrus and Against Malaria Foundation (AMF). These charities were nominated and selected by our colleagues.
Widowed and Young (WAY) operates across the UK and provides support to those under the age of 50 who have lost a partner. Peer-to-peer support is at the heart of what the charity does with social activities organised for individuals and families. This provides the opportunity to spend time with those who have experienced similar bereavement.
Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – men and women – under the age of 35 in the UK. The charity Papyrus has a vision of a society which speaks openly about suicide and has the resources to help young people who have suicidal thoughts. Papyrus’s mission is to shatter the stigma around suicide and to train people to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.
Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) is our third charity. 100% of the funds they raise through public donations buys long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs). These nets are distributed via distribution partners and AMF monitor usage to ensure that they are effectively used. LLINs have been proven as the most effective means of preventing malaria, an infection which kills half a million people every year and 400 million fall ill.
We have an ambitious target to meet in support of these three charities and we are looking forward to the challenges ahead.
Costello Medical is 10! It was a decade ago that Sophie Costello and Richard Short founded the company. They were, and still are, motivated by their enjoyment in the scientific work and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to healthcare. While they had no firm plans for how quickly the company would grow, they were committed to the idea of creating an organisation where people would feel challenged and supported in equal measure, where they would enjoy coming to work and where they could grow their careers to realise their potential.
The desire for Costello Medical to contribute in a way that goes beyond the day to day delivery of our work still runs deep which is why we have chosen to set ourselves the challenge of raising as much money for charity as we can during our tenth year. Now a team of over 120 globally, we are aiming for every single colleague to be involved in these efforts.
We chose our three charities via a company-wide vote and selected Widowed and Young, Against Malaria Foundation and Papyrus.
Lots of ambitious plans are taking shape and we’ll be sharing updates on all the ways that we are raising money over the next twelve months. We hope you will join us on this journey.
November has already seen some inventive fundraising efforts. ‘Souper Tuesday’ involved a team in both Cambridge and London providing lunch of a delicious home-made soup and bread, with all the money raised kick-starting our fundraising.