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Archant staff have hearts of gold

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Archant staff have been skydiving, running, cycling, baking and jail breaking all to raise cash for good causes and now the Archant Gold staff charitable funding scheme has matched their efforts to the tune of £10,770.

Matching awards made by the Archant Gold committee at its December meeting included:

Adam Cole and Sadie Jennings from Digital Operations participated in Unicef’s Live below the Line campaign where they each lived on just £1 a day for a week to gain a first-hand insight into the lives of people living below the poverty line. They did a blog that they updated daily and raised £405.

Matt Colley, from Archant Dialogue, completed a daring zipwire slide off the Norwich & Peterborough stand at Norwich City’s Carrow Road football stadium and raised £277 for the Community Sports Foundation.

Dominic Castle, Head of Editorial Design for Archant Life, participated in RideLondon 100 and raised £835 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Jade Price, from Archant Specialist’s imaging team, bravely completed a skydive and raised £562.71 for WWF-UK. Jade said it was incredible jumping from 13,000 ft and that it was great to have a video to share with everyone afterwards.

France Magazine staff writer, Zoe McIntyre, ran her first half marathon in Windsor to raise money for Women's Aid. She was very nervous beforehand but it turned out to be a beautiful day, a great atmosphere and she really enjoyed the run through Windsor Park. She raised £327 for Berkshire East and South Bucks Women’s Aid.

Editor Matt Clark, from Air Gunner Magazine, participated in a 90-mile cycle from Oxford to Cambridge along with two friends. Matt raised £156 for the British Heart Foundation. Terry Mitchinson (pictured above), editor of the Welwyn & Hatfield Times, was amongst various business people who were held in a mock jail in the local shopping centre and had to secure money pledges to secure their release. Terry raised £194.58 for Isabel Hospice in the Jail and Bail event.

Vicky Lock, from Archant Publishing Services’ Magazine Design Team, ran three half marathons in three months in memory of her late father. Vicky raised £904 for the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Association and was also crowned ‘Archant Gold Fundraiser of the Year’ earning a further £100 for the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Association.

Archant Norfolk reporter Lucy Wright ran the London Marathon and raised an impressive £1,270.20 for the Hamlet Centre Trust.

Archant Norfolk sport reporter Gavin Caney, did a 52-mile triathlon (on the hottest day of the year), including a one mile swim, 36.3 mile cycle ride and a 14.7 mile run, to raise funds in memory of his uncle who died from pancreatic cancer. He was joined by his twin sister for the run and the thought of his uncle's fight against cancer gave them both the inspiration to get to the end. Archant Gold matched 75% of the total raised, £1,954.50, which was Gavin’s share, for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

Sarah Howells, senior reporter on the North Devon Gazette, organised a 'Purple Day' where everyone in the North Devon Gazette office dressed in purple in return for a donation. They also made and sold cakes and raised £200.49 for the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust Charitable Fund Chemotherapy Appeal.

Finally, Eve Middleton, editor of Living France, raised £392 for The Jane Tomlinson Appeal by completing the Yorkshire Marathon.

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