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Not one, not two, but THREE nominations for High-Rise at 2021 PRCA Dare Awards

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We are proud to announce that High-Rise Communications has been nominated for three high profile public relations awards in the PRCA Dare Awards 2021.

As a small PR team with a big heart, we entered ourselves into three categories and were over the moon to find out that we have been shortlisted as finalists in all THREE.

These include nominations in both the Media Relations Campaign of the Year and the Charity/Not for Profit Campaign of the Year in the North West for our work with Ashgate Hospicecare.

The Chesterfield hospice, which provides specialist palliative and end-of-life care to adults and their families across North Derbyshire, was already in talks to secure greater funding from the Derby and North Derbyshire CCG prior to COVID – but the pandemic made the need a lot more urgent, with fundraising events cancelled and charity shops closed.

We worked with Ashgate to help raise awareness of the financial issues that the hospice faced, mobilise public support and convince the CCG to give the hospice increased funding and prevent the need for compulsory redundancies.

Alongside securing high-profile coverage in the national, regional, local, and health sector press – the ultimate success of our media work was that it made an impact. With the support of Ashgate Hospicecare’s team, we successfully rallied the public and generated enough pressure to ensure Ashgate received its funding settlement and could continue providing the fantastic care that it does when it has never been more important.

We love to provide purposeful communications for purposeful organisations like Ashgate, perhaps that’s one of the reasons why we were also named as one of the five finalists in the esteemed Small Consultancy of the Year category for the North West.

Our Managing Director, and founder, Helen Furnivall shared her thoughts: “I am so proud of the work that we have done supporting Ashgate Hospicecare during the pandemic, helping the hospice secure the vital end of life funding it needed. It shows the difference intentional and purposeful media relations can make and I’m very proud that our small team has played a role in saving jobs and securing vital end of life services.”

The PRCA Dare Awards strive to seek out and reward the very best PR and communications professionals across the UK, decided by a panel of respected industry experts. The awards uncover exceptional talent and celebrate PR individuals and agencies far and wide.

We can’t wait to get our glad rags on and head down to Manchester Hall on June 21st for a – hopefully in-person socially distanced awards ceremony. Good luck to all those who entered!


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