08/06/2012 (press release: OnlinePR) // Jane Whittle
Staff at The Funding Corporation in Chester who missed out on the Olympic torch relay were able to celebrate that moment in history recently.
Official Chester Olympic Torchbearer Ian Powell paid a visit to the company to spark off its annual summer social day – and to help raise funds for a local hospice appeal.
Ian, 26, was born with spina bifida and has always been confined to a wheelchair. But that didn’t prevent him from playing a star role when the torch came to Chester at the end of May.
Since then, Ian has given up many hours of his time to visit local schools and firms with the torch to help them raise money for their chosen good causes.
At The Funding Corporation, Ian, who lives in Blacon, posed for pictures with individual members of the company’s 180-plus staff in return for a charity donation.
The collection was made on behalf of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Backford, Chester, for which the company is raising cash through a variety of different charity initiatives this year.
Ian’s visit to The Funding Corporation’s headquarters on Chester Business Park coincided with its annual day of summer celebrations.
It concluded with a fun evening at the city’s Pitcher and Piano bar where a raffle of over £1000-worth of donated prizes helped to swell the charity coffers even further.
On the day, £530 was raised for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd by the company’s staff, and this will be matched by the company to total £1,060.
The Funding Corporation’s Managing Director David Challinor offered a special thank-you to Ian for his support of the event, and for the generous giving of his time and energies.
Not that Ian is any stranger to charity work. Last year, he raised £1,500 by organising a quiz for local disability support centre Dial House, where he used to work as an administrative officer.
Every week for the past three years, he has also coached and supported the junior section of his local wheelchair basketball team.
In recent months Ian has abseiled down a viaduct, done a parachute jump, visited the USA alone, moved into his own home and come second in a stand-up comedy competition at the Laugh Inn.
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