Together we can give people the early diagnosis and the care that they need. Working with partners allows us to increase public awareness and income and to develop a programme of engagement that works for your organisation, whilst raising money for vital healthcare projects in our community and beyond.
Are you a company or business?
Why not associate with a local cause known to your staff and their family and your customers. We will work with you to create fundraising and volunteer opportunities. We can achieve impact and media coverage and help you to achieve your charity goals - as well as raising vital funds for Cobalt.
Local technology company IRESS has chosen to support us with a year-long partnership including volunteering and a variety of fundraising activities. The global company employs just under 700 people in the UK, of which over 250 are based in
Local technology company IRESS have been supporting Cobalt for just over two years with activities including volunteering and a variety of fundraising raffles, challenge events and more. The global company employs just under 700 people in the UK, of which over 250 are based in Cheltenham. IRESS supplies technology solutions for clients across the financial services market.
This partnership has been enabled by the IRESS Foundation, a global initiative launched in March 2017 to actively support those less fortunate by supporting regional community initiatives with volunteering and fundraising. The support provided by IRESS has gone towards Cobalt’s Dementia Futures Fund, which improves the way we diagnose and treat dementia and towards our Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) Cancer Nurse, who works with all 16 – 25 year olds with cancer across the three counties.
Some of their fundraising activities have been in house, such as raffles, quizzes and donations from the tuck shop. IRESS have also been keen to get their hands dirty and have completely renovated both the garden and the end-of-life room at the Charlton Lane dementia wards. Adventurous staff have also completed the three peaks challenge, the inflatable 5K and some are keen to take on the Devil’s Aquathlon this year!
Their support continues throughout 2020 and we are incredibly grateful to all of the staff that have so whole heartedly supported their local medical charity – thank you!
Keith Holland Opticians
This year, luxury opticians, Hollands are supporting Cobalt by raising awareness of our fundraising projects and fundraising towards our work.
Last year, during Dementia Action Week, a dementia information point was installed in the waiting room for patients to explore and find out more about the work that we do in this clinical area and owner, Dermot Keogh helped promote the local research we do. Dermot also generously donated an amazing auction lot to our Auction of Promises last year. The lot raised £550 towards the work of Cobalt and was our second highest value lot on the day!
Keith Holland Opticians have pledged to support Cobalt again in 2020 and we are very grateful for both their fundraising support and their efforts to raise awareness of the work that we do.
Nationwide Building Society
The Cheltenham branch of Nationwide wanted a charity partner and chose to support their local cancer and dementia charity, Cobalt and pledged to raise £10,000 over the year. This is their story.
We are a local branch on Cheltenham High Street and chose to support Cobalt as a number of staff and customers’ lives have been touched by cancer and early diagnosis is so essential. Cobalt were raising money for a new state-of-the-art 3.0T MRI scanner at their Cobalt Imaging Centre in Cheltenham and we wanted to contribute to this project to improve the diagnosis and experience for local patients.
The new MRI scanner will have all the latest software to ensure Cobalt continue to offer the very best high definition specialist images, including neurology and musculoskeletal, for our clinical and research patients now and well into the future. In addition to the new scanner Cobalt want to be one of only a few centres in the UK to offer an ‘in bore’ patient experience system. This system aims to reduce anxiety and enable patients to select a relaxing environment of their choice before their scan, including soothing video images, access to reassuring communication throughout the scan and reduced noise from the scanner. All of this can help patients to relax and keep as still as possible in comfort to ensure we capture the best possible images.
“We were so excited to start organising lots of fun activities and had some brilliant fundraising events. We had huge support from our customers with many impressed that a big building society would support a local charity that has such impact, but can get ignored. Cobalt were brilliant in supporting us with all of our efforts, providing all the collateral we needed and coming along to the events to cheer us on. We even had the local football club, Mayor and press come along to our sponsored cycle ride. We have raised over £10,000 smashing our target!”
The Local Answer
“When discussing our 10th Anniversary celebration plans, we decided to choose our first ever Charity of the Year which we could support through fundraising and raising awareness via a vast print and digital reach. We chose Cobalt due to the fantastic work they do, especially with regard to cancer and dementia – diseases that affect so many people nowadays, whether directly or through a family member or friend.”
Lois Kingscott, Editorial and Production Manager, The Local Answer
In 2019, fine art auctioneers and valuers, Chorley’s, selected Cobalt as their charity of the year. Formerly part of Bruton Knowles art and antiques division, Chorley’s boasts two sales rooms and offices based at Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire.
The partnership gave Cobalt the opportunity to raise awareness of the work we do at all of their sales auctions and we were invited to attend the open evenings and sales viewings, which gave us the opportunity to chat to Chorley’s clients about the work that we do in our community. Each year, Chorley’s run an art exhibition, with a percentage of the proceeds going to their selected charity, we were delighted when the Fosseway Artists exhibition raised hundreds towards our projects.
The year’s partnership culminated with an amazing Auction of Promises, where lots such as a ski lesson with Eddie the Eagle, a Boeing 737 flight simulation and luxury items and hotel stays resulted in an atmospheric and enjoyable auction, which raised thousands for Cobalt. In total, Chorley’s raised over £7,000 in one year – thank you!
Catrin Hampton, Director, Chorley’s said “The partnership saw proceeds from some of our sales, 15% of the proceeds of our Principal Exhibition (last year, this was the Fosseway Artists 100th Exhibition from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June) and proceeds from an Auction of Promises going towards the work of Cobalt. The team were very excited to be working together with Cobalt and we really enjoyed supporting their work this year”.
Cheltenham based waste collection service Printwaste have been supporting Cobalt for seven years. Cobalt to help people recycle their cards after Christmas. Printwaste provide office friendly collection bins for their customers and have more bins available for companies wanting to join in and help Cobalt. Donated cards are then be upcycled by volunteers into new greetings cards to raise funds for the Charity. Printwaste, who specialise in shredding and recycling remove any waste including trimmings.
Christopher Robins, Head of Marketing, Printwaste said “By working together with Cobalt we can make the production of their greetings cards through recycling much more feasible. Christmas cards continue to be a great tradition. However they do generate a great deal of waste. Together with Cobalt and our customer base we can capitalise on a fantastic opportunity that not only benefits the environment through reuse but also raises important funds for diagnostic imaging.”
Schools and Educational Institutions
Our Educational Partnership can include partnering with Cobalt to collect and selling greeting cards, fun card making workshops or other fundraising ideas. Contact the team firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We can provide an interesting and exciting educational opportunity for your team/members through organising visits to the Cobalt Imaging Centre and through a range of talks from experienced volunteers and Cobalt Staff. We can also help to generate new and interesting PR opportunities, both locally and nationally.
Sunrise Rotary Club in Cheltenham donated specialist chairs and television sets for use by cancer patients being treated at charity Cobalt’s Imaging Centre. The chairs include features to make patients more comfortable and to incorporate therapies. Televisions provide a welcome distraction for therapy.
Richard Newton, President of Cheltenham Sunrise Rotary Club said ‘Local charity Cobalt does amazing work for this community. We had a fascinating visit to see this state of the art facility and feedback already from the patients is amazing as they can now spend the time reclining in soft comfortable chairs while having their treatments.’
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