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Conference Contacts raises £8,500 for arthritis charity

In the same year that the agency celebrates 30 years in business, it has hosted a number of fundraising events

Pictured: Denise Ellis presents a cheque to the NRAS

Conference Contacts has raised more than £8,500 so far this year for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS).

The money will go towards those living with rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis in order to allow them to live their lives to the full.

The fundraising efforts for NRAS come the same year that the agency celebrates a milestone 30 years in business.

Denise Ellis, founder and chief executive of Conference Contacts, said: “NRAS is based in Maidenhead, just down the road from our HQ, so it has always been a cause that we knew was important and very special. I’m so thrilled we can work with NRAS more closely this year. Throughout June, they are running their #behindthesmile campaign, which aims to raise awareness for people who live with incredible pain every day but just get on with living their lives as fully as they can with a smile on their faces.

“We wanted to keep the fundraising fresh and fun to reflect this campaign and support NRAS as strongly as we could, as our nominated charity for 2017, and we’ve truly enjoyed making every penny that’s been raised so far. I can’t wait to see what the next six months of fundraising brings and hope it spreads awareness as well as raising money.”

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Conference Contacts hosted a star-studded event at London’s new The Ned Hotel, which saw a successful silent auction taking place in the name of NRAS. From private island getaways to afternoon tea experiences, the lots raised an incredible £7,813.44 for NRAS.

Ailsa Bosworth, chief executive and founder of NRAS, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as Conference Contacts’ Charity of the Year 2017. Even more so as this coincides with their thirtieth anniversary – everyone at NRAS congratulates them on this amazing milestone. We are also hugely grateful to Denise Ellis for her wonderful support and the opportunity she has given NRAS to raise awareness of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis – both of which are invisible and devastating diseases.”

In May, colleagues from Conference Contacts ran the 5k Colour Obstacle Rush at Windsor Racecourse, raising £480, as well as acknowledging National RA awareness week with in-office fundraising. These efforts have brought the grand total to £8,500, with more events and activities planned by Conference Contacts for the second half of the year.

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