Six Edinburgh-based businesses have raised more than £8,600 for Waverley Care in a new corporate competition held during the Fringe Festival.

‘The Big Corporate Shake-up’ saw teams from the SQA, Wood Mackenzie, Mercer, RBS and Phoenix Group enter teams of six people in a bid to raise as much from bucket shakes as possible at the Pleasance Courtyard throughout August.

The team from Wood Mackenzie took first prize, although Waverley Care were the ultimate winners, landing nearly £9,000 in donations from Fringe-goers and company match-funding initiatives.

Matt Middler, Acting Fundraising Manager at Waverley Care told us:

“We have been blown away by the passion, commitment and creativity of the teams taking part in The Big Corporate Shake-up. The teams really understood the need to continue supporting frontline services which help people affected by HIV and Hepatitis C, as well as their families and communities across Scotland.”

“The competition brought 30 volunteer bucket shakers to us who might not have volunteered otherwise, with the competitive element on average raising double what we might expect from a regular bucket shake. We’ve been blown away and we’re already excited to start planning our 2020 Big Corporate Shake-up!”

Waverley Care 30The teams were able to take part in the competition using workplace employee volunteering days and it was a great opportunity to give back to the community and build team work.

Alison Barclay, from the SQA’s Rainbow Network, said:

“The competition element of the challenge meant we pushed ourselves harder than we might have otherwise, and we’re all really proud of the amount raised. I would highly recommend this as a workplace volunteering activity.”

Adam Meredith, team captain from Wood Mackenzie, who entered a team from the company’s Pride Network, said:

“[It] was a fantastic event and we were thrilled to be a part of it. We were delighted to take home the Shake-up trophy and pleased to be able to double what we raised through workplace match-funding. We’re already thinking about how we can beat our record next year.”

For more information about Waverley Care, check out their website here.

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