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Archant staff have raised an amazing £14,551 for good causes in the last six months by running, walking, sleeping, dancing and cycling and Archant Gold has doubled the charitable cash of each one.

David Freezer, from Archant Norfolk editorial, ran the Norwich half marathon to raise money for the Squirrels Residential Short Breaks Service in Aylsham where his brother, Harry, goes for up to 30 days respite care a year. He raised £390.

Anna Turns, from Devon Life, organised a 5km buggy walk and run followed by a cake sale and raffle in aid of her close friend's seven-month-old baby, Freddy, who has liver cancer. The event raised £4706.50 for CLIC Sargent and Archant Gold matched £3,000 of that total.

Pauline Riches from Archant Norfolk’s Fakenham office decorated a tree for the local (and now famous) Christmas Tree Festival which is held annually at the St Peter & St Paul Church. Last year the Festival had 25,000 visitors and a total of £25,181 was raised. Pauline’s tree raised £112.43 for the EDP We Care Appeal.

Don Williamson, Circulation Director from Archant Anglia, ran six miles at the Norwich Anglia Sport Relief 2012 (Mile), raising £185.57.

Belinda Bennett, Katy Griffin, Alex Walton, Claire Pearce, Dave Somerton-Rees, Timothy Mortimer and Matt Jenkins from Archant South West’s The Midweek Herald newspaper (pictured right) staged an all-night sleep out in Honiton, Devon and raised £500.15 for the King's Centre Food Bank which has been set up by the Community Church in Honiton to help those in need in the area.

Francesca Laughton, from Archant Norfolk’s Audience Growth team, raised £70 for Cancer Research UK by participating in the Race for Life.

Sarah Turner, from Archant Publishing Services, cycled 30 miles in the Hethersett 30/60 event in March. Sarah chose to support the Big C, having lost both her mother and mother-in-law to cancer. She completed the course in 2 hrs 32 mins in the cold, wind and rain and raised £225.50. In May, Sarah took part in the Norwich 100/50 Bike Ride. Having already asked people for sponsorship she filled a glass jar with sweets and asked her colleagues to guess how many at £1 per go. Sarah raised £68 for the British Heart Foundation. Both amounts were matched by Archant Gold

Kirsty Baker, from Archant Life’s South East advertising team in Kent, raised £120 for the British Heart Foundation by completing the London to Brighton Bike Ride dressed as a Union Flag to link in with the Jubilee and Olympics.

Archant Norfolk’s Eastern Daily Press duo, photographer Ian Burt and journalist David Blackmore, each cycled 106 miles on exercise bikes, the equivalent of cycling from King's Lynn to Great Ormond Street Hospital and back. Two years ago, Ian's son had a life-changing operation on his skull at the hospital and has now been told he no longer needs to return for check-ups. They raised £1406.20 for the hospital.

David Blackmore was also one of almost 1,700 to take park in the annual 10km Grand East Anglian Run 2012. He raised £300 for The Norfolk Hospice - Tapping House and completed the course in 46 mins 13 secs which was 6 mins under the times he had posted in training and put him in the top 250 finishers.

The 'Finance Chicks', Nadia Render, Annette Blake, Emily Scott and Sarah Burgess from Archant Accounting Services (right), all non-runners, trained to run the 5 km Race for Life in Norwich. They all completed the course in less than 40 mins and raised a total of £700 for Cancer Research UK.

Archant group board director Mike Walsh took part in The Cape Argus Cycle Ride in South Africa. The ride is the largest timed event in the world with around 35,000 participants who cycle 110 km around the Cape. Mike completed the course in 4 hrs 16 mins as temperatures got up to 40°. Mike raised £3285 for MAD (Make a Difference Foundation) Bunch UK Limited which educates and provides mentorships for bright children from under privileged backgrounds. Archant Gold matched £3000.

John Ford, Archant Director of Production, and three friends cycled more than 100 km over six mountain passes in the Dolomites climbing over 10,000 feet, all in one day and unsupported. John raised £925 of a total of £3,321 for the British Institute for Brain Injured Children (BIBIC).

Victoria Lock, from Archant Life’s Magazine Design Studio in Norwich, participated in the Race for Life in Bury St Edmunds, raising £100 for Cancer Research UK.

Jane Lindill together with Claire Holmes, Charlotte Smith-Jarvis, Penny Wilby, Juliana Johnson and Sandra Roberts, all from Archant Anglia’s Suffolk Magazine (pictured right), ran the Race for Life together and raised £460.50 for Cancer Research UK.

Laura Stringer, Laura Jordan, Kathy Keeble, from Archant Life’s Great British Life, Danielle Pointer, from Archant Norfolk, Stuart Wardrope and Ian Barnard, from Archant Information Systems, completed a 15-mile sponsored bike along Mariotts Way in aid of the SDBTT Andrew Stringer Fund in memory of Laura's young brother who died from a brain tumour. They raised £1062.

Stuart Ogden, from Archant Specialist’s France Magazine, raised £861.25 for Muscular Dystrophy. Stuart took part in the Four Course Challenge with three friends. They started at 4am and played four rounds of golf across Gloucestershire. They chose four challenging very hilly courses and finished at 9:45pm. There were 52 teams in total taking part and they completed the challenge on courses across the UK.

Stephanie Drury (pictured top), from Archant Life in Worthing, was brave enough to perform a waltz at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Midsummer Ball after an intensive period of training and rehearsals. Although she came last, she was the judges’ choice for humour! Stephanie raised £255 for Hilton in the Community, a foundation which focuses on children and young people and works to improve the quality of education and the provision of health care to relieve suffering and equip individuals.

Dee Willmott, Archant Group HR Director, raised £633, participating in the Moon Walk marathon around London in the dead of night, with three friends to raise money for breast cancer research charity Walk the Walk.

Jennie Cooper, editor of Archant Life’s Cornwall Life, ran a half marathon at the Eden Project and raised £137 for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

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