West Sussex marketing firm, PMW Communications, is extremely proud to announce that it has just been named as the winner of a prestigious Business Charity Award in the category of 'Challenge Event – Small Business'. The Business Charity Awards is a national annual event which recognises the outstanding contribution made by businesses in the UK to charities and good causes.
The winners were announced at a black-tie event hosted by BBC newsreader Huw Edwards at the Grosvenor House hotel on Park Lane, London, on Monday 20 May.
The awards were judged by a panel of 30 experts from the charity and corporate sectors who came together in March to cast their votes.
Competition for prizes was tough, with more than 80 businesses entering this year's awards, including some of the best-known companies in the UK.
Fellow winners of this year's awards included British Gas, Morrisons, BSkyB and NFU Mutual.
PMW Communications captured the attention of the judges with their Horsham 100 campaign, which aims to bring together businesses in the region to raise £100,000 each year for a chosen charity. Partnering with Tanbridge House School in Horsham, PMW Communications organised a series of events which local businesses and individuals could participate in, in order to raise this ambitious sum of money.
For its inaugural year, the Horsham 100 campaign chose to raise funds for local charity, the Dame Vera Lynn Trust. The charity funds a School for Parents in Five Oaks, for children aged up to five years old who have cerebral palsy and other motor related disabilities.
The Horsham 100 challenges included a 100k walk, a charity spinathon in Swan Walk shopping centre, a sponsored walk with Tanbridge House School, walking on hot coals and a 24-hour table tennis marathon. A competition for local songwriters and composers concluded with the performance of a specially written Horsham anthem at a closing ceremony.
Kevin Curley, a voluntary sector adviser and judge for the Business Charity awards, said: "This was a superb response to a local need. It motivated PMW staff and drew in other companies."
Peter Sutton, Managing Director of PMW Communications, commented: "We are over the moon to have won this award. We feel genuinely passionate about the Dame Vera Lynn Trust and the vital work they do. The support the wonderful team at the Trust gave us made Horsham 100's first year an absolute pleasure to organise. We chose this charity in our first year as it is a fantastic cause which relies wholly on donations to ensure it can continue."