As an Exeter-based self storage company, we like to be clued up on all things local. We’re particularly interested in those who give back to the hard-working Exeter community. Our hero of the month is Co-Founder of Sugar Rush Confectionery, Joe Bolton, who has been delivering sweets to the wonderful staff at Exeter hospital.
The businessman set up the Sugar Rush Confectionery with his wife Claire back in 2012, as a means to raise enough money to deliver sweets to every ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
Joe and Claire can often be found at the hospital, giving the hospital staff a well-deserved morale booster and a thank you for all of their hard work : “We often go up to the RD&E to give the nurses and doctors free sweets and the last time I went up there I gave £300 worth of sweets away,” Joe said.
Since its establishment five years ago, the sweets delivery company has increased dramatically with 21 branches already set up across Devon to date. Sugar rush is also able to offer next day delivery, which means that customers receive a rapid postal service.
While Joe frequents the Hospital a fair bit, he also says that he wants everyone there to benefit from the free sweets he gives away – not just the patients but the dedicated staff members too.
“As a company, we can’t afford to do that every week so I put a status on Facebook saying that we wanted to raise some money so that we could deliver sweets to every ward at the hospital. Obviously, we can provide the packing for free and we don’t want to make any money for this, but we just want to raise some money to pay for the sweets,” Joe explains.
Joe has set a JustGiving target of £2,000 – but the sky’s the limit, as he emphasises: “I hope that we can raise as much money as we can so that we can reward the doctors and nurses at the hospital for all their hard work. It’s amazing how much you can cheer someone up with just a box of sweets.”
Based at Kingfisher trading estate in Pinhoe, on the outskirts of Exeter, Joe hopes to expand the company further in the coming years and to deliver to more town and cities across the UK.
Joe admits that he would one day like to open his own factory in Exeter, commenting that: “Whatever happens with Sugar Rush I want it to stay in Exeter because I believe in being loyal and Sugar Rush wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our customers in Exeter.”
He also reveals that he never once imagined owning a sweet delivery company, but is very proud of his efforts so far to bring a smile to people’s faces in Exeter.
If you would like to help Joe and Sugar Rush raise money for Exeter Hospital, please visit their JustGiving page to donate!