The Chamber hears how to get involved in charities

The Chamber’s May breakfast focused on how businesses can support and get involved in local charities.

Held at Carluccios in Dorchester, members and visitors heard from Rachel Cole, fundraising and communications manager at the Dorset County Hospital Charity and her colleague fundraising officer Kitz Gulliford.

“We work closely with businesses on any initiatives and fund raising projects,” said Rachel Cole, adding that they like to have a collaborative approach so all parties benefit from being involved in charity work.

She discussed the success of the last year’s Cancer Appeal, with the charity raising £1.75 million on the £9m project, before talking about ways businesses can help out this year.

The Charity is encouraging businesses and individuals to get involved in its 100km Challenge, where people commit to run, walk, swim or cycle 100km in July, while on 5 July they are asking businesses to get together and raise a cuppa to celebrate the NHS birthday (

The celebrations continue with the Summer Spectacular on 6 July on the old Damers School field for what promises to be a fun event for the whole family.

Kitz Gulliford added: “We are open to any ideas from people on how they can work together with the charity. We’d love to hear your suggestions.” The Charity is also due to announce its Chemotherapy Appeal, raising money to build on the work achieved under the Cancer Appeal. Watch this space.

Many thanks to our sponsor Zenna, the mental health and wellbeing company owned by Verity Woodgate (left), who gave a short talk about the importance of wellbeing in the workplace.

Verity offers training to small and large businesses all wellbeing related issues including stress management, achieving a work-life balance and improving time management.

Here is a selection of photos from the event taken by Steve Bulley, who serves on our Executive Committee. To see more of his photos find us on Facebook.

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