Estate Agent ‘raises the roof’ on fundraising levels with a bike ride for Action Medical Research | Action Medical Research

Estate Agent ‘raises the roof’ on fundraising levels with a bike ride for Action Medical Research

3 October 2014

David Lench, Managing Director of Arun Estates, the extensive South East chain of estate agents, has taken fundraising to a new level with his latest challenge for children’s charity Action Medical Research.  Aiming for a target of £100,000 to be split between Action Medical Research and chYps, David and his friend, Kevin Hafner have already raised around £64,000 (the equivalent to over £70,000 with gift aid) by completing the gruelling Lands End to John O’Groats bicycle ride.

The dynamic property duo, both relative cycling novices, covered over 1,000 miles and climbed hills of between 5-6,000 feet, between 6  and 21 September 2014. David said he felt fantastic on finishing and he and Kevin celebrated with a bottle of bubbly, popping the cork in the direction of Land’s End!

David is by no means new to fundraising for Action Medical Research, having entered the Three Peaks Bike and Hike in 2010 and a variety of other challenges and initiatives including tackling Kilimanjaro and Race the Sun.

Over the past four years, and before he embarked on this challenge, David and his colleagues have raised nearly £80,000  through runs, rides and triathlons, cake sales, dress down days, family days and cabaret evenings. Earlier this year, 73 staff teams entered the 2014 Blenheim Triathlon and raised further funds through the Action Cream teas.

If you’d like to help David achieve his ‘full house’, please donate to David’s fundraising page at  

There are many ways that companies can get involved with the charity and boost their CSR activities. From Charity of the Year, to one-off funding, to regular staff fundraising events, Action offers an option for every level of involvement and budget.

More information on Company Support can be found at:

And if you’d like to take action for Action by getting involved in any of the charity’s events to raise funds to help sick babies and children, please visit:

 - ENDS -


For more information about Action Medical Research please contact:

Jules Robinson, Interim Press and PR Officer T: 01403 327480

E: W:
Follow us on Twitter at @actionmedres and @amr_events  
Like our Facebook page at and
Follow us at pinterest/actionmedres

Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research.

We want to make a difference in:

  • tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
  • helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
  • targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

Charity reg.nos 208701 and SC039284.

Arun Estates are the largest independent estate agency in South East England, with over 100 branches operating under 5 different brands. For more information please visit their website:


Help us spread the word