The charity netball tournament

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Each year Taylor Vinters  hosts a charity netball tournament, inviting professionals from across Cambridge to battle it out in a series of quick-fire matches in an effort to be crowned the champions and, more importantly, in support of charity. This year the organisers, Katie Allen and Rachel Bevan, kindly designated our CSR2020 charities as the beneficiaries of the tournament, and we were all too happy to lend our support in preparing for and running the tournament.

The evening enjoyed a fantastic turnout with 20 teams from Cambridgeshire businesses competing for the winning trophy. For first-time players and experienced netballers alike, each team contributed to the evening with enthusiasm and sportsmanship. This year’s winners were the very impressive Deloitte team, with Cantab Asset Management coming in as a strong runner-up and the Sanger Institute left holding the wooden spoon.

With generous support from the participating teams and local Cambridgeshire businesses and individuals, we were able to hold a very successful raffle, managing to sell so many tickets that Gavin, from partner charity Centre 33, had to be drafted in to help fold them all!

We are also grateful to the bakers in the firm for providing sweet and savoury delights which were well received by the players as they took their well-deserved breaks between matches.

Together with matched-funding from Taylor Vinters, we raised a total of £3,250 for Centre 33, CPSL Mind and Papyrus. This amount, together with the money already raised by the breakfast launch of the CSR2020 project and other smaller fundraisers means we have already achieved close to our first-year target of £5,000 in just a few months!

Here's what our partner charities had to say about the tournament:

Jessica Hill, Fundraising Officer for PAPYRUS, said "Our supporters and fundraisers provide a huge part of our income, which helps us to reach out to more people across the UK, supporting young people at risk of suicide, extending our community work and suicide prevention training. There is no doubt that Taylor Vinters' support will make a difference. The money that Taylor Vinters has raised will help go towards 220 contacts to HOPELINEUK by young people experiencing thoughts of suicide or those who are concerned about a young person. This is potentially 220 chances to save a young life."

Zoe Doherty, Fundraiser for CPSL Mind, said "This fantastic event is part of a number of fundraising events trainees at Taylor Vinters are organising and contributing to as part of their CSR2020 project, which aims to raise awareness around mental health issues. We are so grateful to the company for choosing CPSL Mind to support over the next 2 years. This donation will go towards helping local people in their recovery from mental health challenges. A huge thank to all the companies who donated and to everyone who took part."

 Gavin Bates, Fundraising Officer for Centre 33, said "On behalf of Centre 33 I would like to thank Taylor Vinters for the donation of over £1,000 which will be allocated to us. As you may know, we support over 2,000 young people each year with a variety of complex needs, including mental health, sexual health, homelessness, housing, employment, education, finances and caring responsibilities. Taylor Vinters' support through this event and over the coming months through the CSR2020 initiative will help us to transform many more young people’s lives."

For our next event, we are joining up with the firm's Learning at Work Week, which happens to take place during national Mental Health Awareness week. We'll be supporting the delivery of a number of workplace health initiatives, as well as raising money for our charities with a firm-wide cycle and step challenge. Stay tuned for more updates!

Alex Smith and Alexandra Walker.

Nick Mann