Touching Lives - September 2014
Thank you, Action Partners!
Arun Estates, the estate agency business with 110 branches across the south east, has supported Action for the past four years, raising over £70,000. The partnership started when a small group, led by Managing Director David Lench, entered the Three Peaks Bike and Hike in 2010. Since then they have tackled Kilimanjaro and Race the Sun, and David is taking on the personal challenge of cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in September. In 2013 staff committed to fundraising for Action and charities local to their offices through runs, rides and triathlons, cake sales, dress down days, cabaret evenings and family days. 73 staff teams entered the 2014 Blenheim Triathlon and Arun Estates also supported our Action Cream Teas in a box event. We would like to thank the whole Group for their enthusiasm, dedication and creativity which will enable us to help more sick babies and children.
Smeg UK have adopted Action as their charity of the year. Nine staff members are taking part in the Action London to Paris bike ride in September. Managing Director Mike Giddings was inspired to choose Action because of our work helping sick babies and children and our expertise in organising cycling events. We wish the intrepid cycling crew bonne chance! Mike is running the Great North Run and the Chicago Marathon for Action in 2015 too.
One Stop, the retail convenience business with some 700 stores across England and Wales, are stalwart supporters of Action. The company sponsored the drinks at our Champions of CycleSport dinner, and from 16 March to 27 April placed Paddington-themed collection boxes on their countertops, raising almost £30,000.
Allen Ford and Allen Kia, the Midlands-based car dealership, hosted two ‘red carpet’ VIP sales weekends in February and generously donated £50 to Action from each sale, raising an amazing £12,900. Allen Ford entered four teams in the 40-mile Rutland Round PLOD event, raising over £5,000. Tomas Phillips, son of Managing Director Mike Phillips, also ran the London Marathon for Action, raising £1,250. We want to say a big thank you to all Allen Ford staff for their fantastic support.