Touching Lives - April 2018
Company champions give fantastic support
Convenience store chain One Stop is celebrating a major milestone – raising an amazing £250,000. For one month every year since 2012, branches across the UK have proudly displayed Action collection boxes on their countertops.
We’re excited to be starting a fundraising partnership with Airport Parking and Hotels (APH). The company offers services at 26 UK airports and ports and will raise money through a series of staff-based challenges. Runners and cyclists will be collating their combined miles travelled throughout the year which will be matched in real money by the company.
The Big Give Christmas Challenge was a big success at the end of 2017. Thanks to everyone who donated, helping us fund vital research into devastating juvenile Batten disease.
The generosity of our supporters meant we exceeded our target, raising almost £43,000. Celebrity supporter Davina McCall attended the BGC Charity Day at Canary Wharf along with amazing Aiden, one of our most inspiring young supporters.
The second Willmott Dixon Classic saw over 150 staff and clients on their bikes, raising £50,000 for Action. They were joined by former pro rider, now TV pundit, Yanto Barker.
The annual Garmin Pro Ride saw 800 cyclists join professional riders from Madison Genesis, Movistar Team, and Team Lampre Merida for a 50-mile spin in the New Forest. Sky News’ Dermot Murnaghan hosted live interviews and Garmin demonstrated their new technology on stage. The event raised £49,000.
Arun Estates have raised well over £100,000 for Action over the last six years. Staff have walked, cycled and run, held quiz nights, football tournaments, cake sales and more. Their achievements have been led by their inspiring Group Managing Director David Lench, who has taken on a number of ambitious personal challenges for the charity.
We’re also very grateful for the continued support of Liberty Specialty Markets, one of the world’s largest specialty insurers. The company hosted a special reception for key supporters at their London HQ in the iconic Walkie Talkie building. They have also donated a significant amount towards new research into Crohn’s disease and brain cancer.