We’re One to Watch!

We’ve had a hectic few weeks at Holisticare and it has been great!

As most of you already know we moved into our new, purpose-built Treatment Centre at the end of May. We also entered the St Clare £50 Challenge and held a raffle, a “Helping Hands” art competition and a quiz night, our Open Day, and, as if that wasn’t enough, we then found we were finalists in Uttlesford Business Awards too.

The £50 Challenge ran from April to June. The aim was to use fifty pounds to fundraise as much as possible for the Hospice. We sold so many raffle tickets that at one point we had one receptionist and three therapists all diligently folding and tearing to make sure that they were ready for the draw at the Quiz Night. Thank you to everyone who joined in and also to everyone who donated prizes, they varied from treatment vouchers for acupuncture and reiki to an assortment of hampers to wine to a handmade oak bowl.

Ali and Al worked very hard to provide an entertaining quiz evening and Sally, Damian and Jacina helped out on the evening with setting up the hall and some super-speedy marking. A fabulous thirteen teams came to the quiz held in Hatfield Broad Oak Village hall. The lead was hotly contested with five teams taking the lead throughout the evening. Well done to “Strong and Stable”, “Mixed Veg”, “The Artists”, and “Pizzerears” but at the final count “Higgs Bosun” won by just 3 points. The winning team members were presented with a bottle of wine each. A special mention goes to the two teams who graciously shared last place, “O The Consanants” and “Norfolk and Chance”. We had prizes for them too – traditional wooden spoons and less traditional party bottles of bubbles! We also played a Heads and Tails, true or false game. There were more questions planned but one particular question took out over half the room! Congratulations to Duncan Rutherford who won a bottle of champagne which has kindly been donated by Sainsbury’s in Thorley. A photo revealed later that he didn’t keep hold of it for long as other members of his team took advantage while he dismantled the speakers and microphone which he had generously allowed us to use for the evening.

Local professional artist, Paulene Brakspear judged our Helping Hands Art Competition entries and gave feedback for every single contestant which is far more than we ever expected her to do so thanks Paulene, you are amazing.

handsWe held our award ceremony at our Open Day. Many people attended, had a look round our new treatment rooms, enjoyed some refreshments in our studio and Reception was very full! Certificates were awarded to all entrants who achieved a Special Mention place or higher and the winners of each category won a free treatment at Holisticare worth £66. In addition the Pre-School, Primary and Secondary age winners won a book about the human body, a build your own skeleton kit and an art set respectively. All the “Helping Hands” are currently on display on our noticeboard but they’ll only be there a week as they are going to be used to make a collage picture to donate to St Clare who is intending to auction it to raise even more funds. The winners are as follows:

Special Mention Third Place Runner up Winner
Pre school Esme Annabelle Joshua Jack
Primary Junior Mohammed
Olivia Cooke
Laura Sydee
Sara Sadek Summer Waite Emma Foden Lara Bradby
Secondary William Walker William Honour
16+ Vicki Wheeler
Amanda Honour Janaki Ananda Janet Piercy Marion Martin
Overall competition William Honour Marion Martin


Also at the Open Day we announced how much we’d raised in the challenge – a very healthy £1660. Nikki was excited to be able to present Amy Jacobs, St Clare Corporate Partnerships Manager, with a “big cheque”.

This is the third time we have participated in the Challenge and we were delighted with the amount we raised this time, it takes our total to over six thousand pounds.



Unfortunately Nwinnerikki was unable to come to the quiz but she had a very good reason. She was attending the Uttlesford Business Awards evening. Holisticare was a finalist in the Small Business of the Year Category and winner of the Judges’ Award which is chosen from all the finalists and is the business that the judges feel show great potential and is the “one to watch” for 2017. Nikki said, “I was delighted that we were finalists in the Small Business of the Year award. It has been a very busy and exciting year at Holisticare, expanding our team and moving into larger premises with more treatment rooms and in-house studio for group treatments, classes and hire. We are excited to win the Judges’ Award because it means our passion and our skill in our specialism is being recognised.”


Don’t Forget!

Workshop for Horse Riders. Our first set of Riders’ Workshops was very successful. Call us on 01279 718331 to register your interest for future sets and/or let us know if your stables would be interested in hosting the workshops.

Free Yourself Hour Classes. If you have missed this round of classes don’t worry, our next set will begin in September. You can register your interest now and we will contact you nearer the time to confirm your place.

Notice board
We are creating a Community section on our notice board. Initially this will be primarily to advertise events in our local community including Hatfield Broad Oak, Hatfield Heath, Sheering, Bishop’s Stortford, Harlow, Saffron Walden and Dunmow. If you have, or know of, events that would be of interest to other members of the Holisticare family such as Fun Runs, school fayres or festivals please email or drop in with your leaflet or poster (maximum size A4 please).