Cambridge companies compete, raising adrenaline and funds at The Stockmarket Challenge


High-octane event builds team spirit within some of Cambridge's most prominent businesses', whilst raising funds for the Hospice's new building!


Eighteen of Cambridge’s key companies traded virtual stocks and shares on Tuesday night (15th September) at Cambridge Union’s Debating Chamber in a high-octane competition to become the most profitable trader whilst raising funds for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. Santander victoriously claimed The Rathbones’ trophy, with an astounding grand total of £402,100, more than £210,000 ahead of their closest rival, as the bell rang for the close of the evening’s trading.

The evening, sponsored by Rathbones Cambridge, was organised after the Charity became keen to run a fundraising event which would appeal to the vibrant business community in the city. Each team of ten started with a notional figure of £15,000 and employed their best trading tactics in order to maximise their portfolio value through buying and selling shares in companies and trading in the dollar. The evening unfolded against a virtual week of unpredictable and fast-moving world events, with participants bombarded with updates from daily financial newspapers, and news flashes from TV bulletins and radio reports.

HSBC took second place with a total of £191,700 and Barclays came in at third with £164,200, with teams from Thomson Webb and Corfield, Bailey Fisher, Ashton KCJ, Birketts, Deloitte, Grant Thornton, Handelsbanken, Mattioli Woods, Strutt & Parker, Cheffins, Hewitsons, Mills & Reeve, Natwest, Penningtons Manches and Rathbones also taking part. Louise Hudson, Investment Director at Rathbone Investment Management Ltd commented: “The evening was suffused with a genuine stock market buzz and all those taking part entered into the spirit with great enthusiasm in support of such a very worthy local cause”.

Raffle tickets sold throughout the evening raised £1,305 and a stunning auction hosted by Bill King of Cheffins generated a further £6,620. Highlights included a made to measure bespoke man’s suit from Giulio’s Fashion, a black tie three course dinner for two followed by a performance of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro at Glyndebourne, and two tickets to Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo & Juliet including drinks with Sir Derek Jacobi.

The Hospice would like to thank: Rathbones for sponsoring the event; Cambridge Union for providing the venue and waiting staff on the evening; all the individuals and companies who took part; and those who donated raffle and auction prizes including Sir Derek Jacobi, Giulio’s Fashion, Andy Swarbrick who donated the Glyndebourne auction lot, Rizzle Kicks, Kings College, Essex County Cricket and the Ship Inn, Brancaster. The funds raised from the evening are yet to be announced, but will be specifically directed towards the £10.5 million required for the Charity’s new purpose built hospice at Shelford Bottom.

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Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or a life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Our ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families.

We care for more than 4,100 patients each year at our Hospice in Cambridge, the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech and in patients’ own homes via the Arthur Rank Community Team. This care supports people to improve their quality of life and fulfil their end of their life choices.

It will cost £10.5 million in 2021/2022 to run our services, which are provided free of charge to patients and their loved ones. We have currently secured £6.98 million from the NHS, meaning that £3.52 million needs to be raised through donations, fundraising activities and trading. We are extremely grateful to our local community for the continual dedication, commitment and generosity they show in supporting us to meet this target.

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