Networkers more than ‘Willen’ to help charity

Stuart Bradley, Paul J Hinson, Tracy Clark and Andrew Freestone with the cheque for Willen Hospice

Stuart Bradley, Paul J Hinson, Tracy Clark and Andrew Freestone with the cheque for Willen Hospice

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A BUSINESS networking group in Milton Keynes raised £500 for Willen Hospice by fining members for minor indescretions.

Among the issues being fined at the BNI Diamond Chapter were letting mobile phones ring, wearing a loud tie or using a designated word.

Andrew Freestone of Freestone Ink and Toner, responsible for the fundraising said: “Raising money for charity is never easy, even for good causes like Willen Hospice and short of physical violence and extortion I had run out of ideas. Then I remembered that BNI works so well because of its structure and this was an absolute gold mine for this purpose.

“I fined everyone who stepped outside the rules without exception but luckily every member got behind the

philosophy. Excuses for a fine were hunted down in the best possible humour with members often suggesting ones I hadn’t thought of!”

Fundraising for Willen Hospice was the brainchild of chapter director Tracy Clark from Sign-A-Rama in Milton

Keynes, assisted by Stuart Bradley of Bobbyflash Graphic Design who as treasurer for the Chapter was responsible for counting the money raised.

At the handover last week Tracy told Paul J Hinson, chief executive of Willen Hospice: “Some of our members have had direct or indirect involvement with Willen Hospice in the past and it seemed a very appropriate charity to choose to support.

The Milton Keynes BNI Diamond Chapter are a networking group who meet Tuesday for breakfast at Harben House in Newport Pagnell.