Didcot fundraising group shortlisted for three BACA awards

Published: 20th October 2017

The fundraising group Play2Give is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted for three prestigious Didcot Business & Community Awards (BACAs).

The BACAs, otherwise known as the ‘Oscars of Didcot’ take place each year and are organised by Didcot First.

This year’s BACAs, now in its ninth year, sees 11 categories across a range of businesses, charities and community groups nominated.

Play2Give was nominated in a record 5 categories and recently found out it has been shortlisted in three categories, with the group amongst tough contention for best fundraising innovation, partnerships and collaborations and best established charity or community group.

Throughout this year fundraisers at the group have been celebrating its tenth anniversary, by aiming to raise £10,000 for Headway Oxfordshire and Oxford Children’s Hospital to mark a decade of changing, transforming and saving lives.

Play2Give was founded in September 2007 by former hospital patient Andrew Baker, a former St Birinus School pupil who received a British Citizen Award in July in a ceremony at Westminster.

In ten years the group have gone on to raise over £69,000 in funds raised for a catalogue of county-based charities, including sponsoring a patient room at £40,000 on the hospital’s teenage ward.

This year P2G which set out to raise £10,000 as part of the tenth year has already smashed records with this year seeing the group’s most successful to date with over £16,000 raised so far.

The BACAs recognise and reward excellence amongst local businesses, community groups and young enterprise in and around the Didcot area.

This year’s gala awards ceremony takes place on the evening of November 10th at the Cornerstone Arts Centre in the town.

For more information on this year’s BACAs, or the full list of finalists and categories, see www.didcotfirst.org.uk.

For more information on P2G see play2give.org.uk or contact founder Andy Baker for information/BACA reaction, on 07939064308 or play2give@hotmail.com