Conference Contacts has partnered with National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) to raise money for those living with rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis in order to allow them to live their lives to the full. In the same year that the Conference Contacts team are celebrating their 30 years in business, they have already hosted a number of events to fundraise for NRAS, and are pleased to announce that they have raised over £8,500 in the first six months of the year.
Conference Contacts, founded by Denise Ellis in 1987, is one of the longest standing British companies in the business. Ellis commented: “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 their 30th anniversary, Conference Contacts hosted an event at London’s The Ned Hotel. Chief executive of NRAS, Ailsa Bosworth MBE, and head of fundraising, Michelle Vickers, were both in attendance at the event, which saw a successful silent auction taking place in the name of NRAS. From incredible private island getaways to sophisticated London afternoon tea, the lots were carefully sourced and selected by the Conference Contacts team, and raised an incredible £7,813.44 for NRAS.
Of the celebration, Bosworth commented, “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 Denis 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.”