Forget Me Not saves £30,000 on phone installations
West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice recruited Golcar-based ME Consultancy Ltd to help cut telecom costs at its new hospice building in Brackenhall.
Charity chief executive Peter Branson awarded ME Consultancy the contract to supply broadband to outlets owned by the charity as well as providing the telecoms requirements for the new hospice building.
Because the hospice was being built in an area with no current telephone provision, the original installation costs were going to be very high – exceeding £30,000 – to cover the cost of digging up the roads and laying new cables.
“Knowing that £30,000 could keep a child and their family looked after full time for over a year in the new hospice, we were determined to save them as much of that money as possible.
ME Consultancy worked closely with BT Openreach to ensure that the hospice had all the services needed from the moment the building was completed – with the final installation cost below £1,500.
ME Consultancy Ltd provides customers with advice on their telecoms expenditure and ways to receive the best value for money from the services required.
The firm can provide a full review of voice and data spend and provide access to a wide range of products from its wholesale portfolio.
It also manages a multi level billing platform covering fixed line, wholesale, data and mobile.
|Current Job Position?||Partnership Development Manager for The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice (Fundraiser/Professional Blagger)|
|Best thing about your job?||That they pay me to do something I adore! Also that I work with the most incredible team|
|Worst thing about your Job?||Working at a Children’s Hospice can be upsetting at times, but the positive and happy moments far outweigh the sad.|
|Favourite Restaurant in Huddersfield?||As a ‘Leeds Lass’ I am yet to experience the culinary delights Huddersfield has to offer, however I have a passion for the food at Villa Farm Shop in Bradley, where I can often be found at lunchtimes!|
|Your best achievement?||Hopefully that is still to come with my work with Forget Me Not, however I was very proud to complete the Leeds 10k a couple of years ago and I foolishly signed up to do it again this year in aid of Forget Me Not. For anyone that knows me, you’ll know I’m not one of life’s natural athletes!|
|Interest and Hobbies?||I have to admit, work does tend to take over when you work at Forget Me Not, but when I do have some free time I like to let my hair down with my friends and family. I am also a PADI qualified diver, but only brave tropical waters!|
|What do you value most about being a member of a networking group?||It’s great to be able to get to know more about the local business arena and put real faces, voices and personalities to it. As a newcomer to Huddersfield it has been really useful to have such active networking groups!|
I am a Leeds girl born and bred… but I have more or less adopted Huddersfield as my second home!!
My professional life began after graduating from University with a degree in politics. I ended up falling into the life of an Event Manager working in a couple of roles which were a lot of fun, but definitely had a shelf life, so at 24 I decided I wanted a change. It’s really important to me to feel like I am doing something of value, so the charity world seemed like the obvious choice.
After a couple of months looking at different types of role, Leeds Mencap came along and took a gamble on me as their very first fundraiser. I spent two very happy years at Leeds Mencap, working with some very special families and colleagues and I loved every minute there.
My next step saw me taking on a role at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum. Eureka! is a fantastic place to be and offered me a very different type of experience, working on a £2.9m campaign for a new gallery. Whilst the people and the work was very rewarding, I always saw myself returning to a role that would allow me to support children and families more directly, which is when The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice found me.
I have been at the Hospice for only around six months, but I can already tell you it is the busiest and most demanding role I have ever had. I can also say with 100% confidence it is the most rewarding role I have ever had.
The work the Hospice does is incredible, with our Care Team already looking after around 30 families through our Hospice at Home service. I was fortunate enough to join the team just before we moved into the brand new hospice, a fabulous and inspirational place, so we are now busily readying the building to take children and families in 2012.
Once all the services are up and running it will cost around £2.5m each year to run the Hospice… so no pressure then. In all seriousness, there is a long journey ahead to make sure that future funding is secure and robust, but I am confident with the strong support of the community and local businesses we can achieve it.
So, if and when you see me and I look stressed (it’s all for a good cause) say hello and feel free to buy me a coffee, I respond well to caffeine and fundraising chatter!
Two members from our team have decided to get involved with Movember UK.
Movember takes place in November each year. Men all over the world start sprouting moustaches to help raise awareness for men’s health specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that can affect men. This results in the ‘Movember Effect’: Awareness, Education, Survivorship & Research. The funds raised in the UK support number one and two male specific cancers, The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research.
Last Friday club is a networking event in Halifax on the last Friday of every month at Bar Eleven. The networking group are actively taking part in raising awareness for Movember with the members teaming up to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research.
Our team is ‘Bar Eleven Halifax’ and at the moment consists of five members, Bar Eleven, Jason Costello from Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Danny Matharu from Hillrich, Mark Evans from SMileS and Paul Robertshaw from ME Consultancy.
You can track Mark’s Movember effort at http://uk.movember.com/mospace/2526418/
You can track Paul’s Movember effort at http://uk.movember.com/mospace/2526938/
As you may have read on previous posts or guessed from our tweets about the Kirklees Business Conference – SMileS (part of ME Consultancy Ltd) are proud sponsors and exhibitors of the conference.
Many people and fellow businesses know that every Friday we have #Cake Friday and is a long running tradition in our office. It is where Sara makes home made cakes for the office from our own eggs on site. Not only does our team look forward to #Cake Friday (we couldn’t think of a better way to finish a busy working week) but it has also proved very popular with our customers. Whenever we have meetings we always find people are asking to come in on a Friday as they’ve heard all about Cake Friday. It has also been a big seller when meeting with potential new customers as it makes them feel more welcome all of which helps establish a good working relationship.
We also take our #Cake Friday theme along to many events we attend as its a great way for people to recognise us as we tweet about it on the run up to the event and it encourages more people to visit our stand.
The Forget Me Not Children’s hospice have launched the ‘Much More than a Football Match appeal’. This is great chance for fans to help the hospice raise money through purchasing discounted tickets; which seems like a win win situation for both parties.
Huddersfield Town has given the hospice 2,000 discounted tickets for the game against Stevenage on the 8th October. And as you may have seen in the Examiner last week Town legend Andy Booth has been lending a hand to help encourage thousands of fans to raise funds for the hospice. Not only are town helping the hospice raise money but during half time at this match the keys for the hospice’s new building at Brackenhall will be handed over.
Hospice chief executive Peter Branson added: “We are extremely grateful to Town for their generosity. October 8 will truly be a forget me not moment for the whole community.”
We recently spoke with Kate Golding Partnership Development Manager at Forget Me Not about the appeal, here is what she said ”We have 2000 tickets to sell in total with proceeds going towards the Hospice fundraising efforts moving forward, so every ticket sale matters. The football match is a great opportunity for us as an organisation to prove our credentials as a long term charity partner, so your support in encouraging ticket sales is much appreciated.”
Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s and are available from the hospice’s office at Pennine Business Park in Bradley and the seven hospice shops. For more details about this appeal and purchasing tickets please take a look at the links below….
As a company (ME Consultancy Ltd) we’ve been actively involved in the development of the new hospice as we’ve installed the hospice’s new phone lines which has helped them save a great deal of money in the process. Peter Branson’s Twitter comment “Brilliant service from ME Consultancy – BT wanted to charge us £17k for phone connections, ME Consultancy reduced it to just over £1k. Thanks guys!” We’re happy to have helped the hospice save money which can then be put to better use within the hospice to help them continue the great work they do and their fundraising efforts. We’ll be there on the day they receive their keys for the new hospice building and can’t wait to see the building. Below are some photos taken from the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice Facebook Page showing the development of the new hospice building; to see more photos from this album, visit their Facebook page.
Latest MEC Testimonial’s – ‘Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice’ & ‘The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust’
“As Office Manager for the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust ME Consultancy have generously supported the charity for several years, so when we decided to look for a new telephone service provider it made sense to approach them first to see if they could help us.
Paul Robertshaw visited our office and went through the savings we could make by changing provider as well as the stages involved and the timescale – all of which were spot on!
Paul organised everything, he kept us informed every step of the way and was on the other end of the phone if needed which was very reassuring. He found the best deal that suited our needs as a charity and spoke confidently about the services available.
I would definitely recommend ME Consultacy. Their professional and friendly service is very refreshing and we are delighted with our new provider and especially the savings we are making!”
Sarah-Jane Ainley, The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust
“Nice to have some good news on a Tuesday: @smilessms have saved us £15k on our phone lines for our hospice, thanks guys!”
@peterbransonfmn Peter Branson, Forget Me Not Trust
At the Ready Steady Marketing event SMileS auctioned off a bulk package which included; a 12 month keyword (value £300), 1000 text messages (value £60), 2 hours management time (value £40). The winning bid was won by Steve Bradley and went for £100 but he pledge a bid of £150 and overall by the end of the evening £1,680 was raised in total with only a 1/3 of the prizes being auctioned off. The rest of the auction prizes have been auctioned off through the Yorkshire Mafia website so even the overall figure should be even bigger.
Here, at ME Consultancy we are heavily involved with the Yorkshire Mafia; we attend a lot of their networking events and are even a partner of our own networking club called ‘MyNetwork’ – MY stands for Mid Yorkshire. The Yorkshire mafia is a great asset to the local business as it helps us all get together to network at a variety of different events; it is very beneficial as it has created a network of contacts and also helps you meet new contacts through recommendations from other members. This Yorkshire mafia event was very different from the usual networking events that they host .From the success of this event it looks like there going to be many more with talks of follow up event in 6-9 months time to see how the strategies from the marketing plan have been implemented and what the money raised contributed too.