Master Cutler Challenges firms

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South Yorkshire businesses are invited to the official launch of the 2016 Master Cutler’s Challenge - an annual event which has raised more than £1m for charity.

Master Cutler Craig McKay will launch the fundraising extravaganza at the historic Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield city centre on Thursday February 4 from 6pm.

More than 500 teams have taken part in the challenge since its launch in 2008, raising more than £1m by transforming £50 into as much money as possible.

In 2016, Mr McKay is aiming to see more businesses, groups and individuals than ever take up the challenge of raising money for his chosen organisations: St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield and Rotherham Hospice,

Companies already signed up for the challenge include DLA Piper, Benchmark Recruit, Hart Shaw, HLW Keeble Hawson, Lloyds Bank, Outokumpu Stainless Distribution, Polypipe Building Products, Statement Vintage, Worksop College Prefects, Zu Jewellery, Irwin Mitchell, JC Balls and Sons, Santander, Seven Hills School, University of Sheffield Enterprise, Structural Interiors Ltd, Evenort, KDF Construction Company, Maxons and The Lyon’s Den Networking Group.

Mr McKay, the CEO of Sheffield engineering firm Evenort, chose the two hospices in recognition of the work they do supporting not just patients with terminal illnesses but also their families.

“We all have a stake in the wellbeing of these charities and I can think of no better way to invest in that than to take part in this year’s Master Cutler’s Challenge.

“We have had a great response from companies.”