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Archant staff prove they have hearts of gold

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Archant staff across the country have been running, climbing, cycling, sky-diving, walking, baking and swimming for numerous good causes and Archant Gold has matched their charitable efforts to the tune of £9,000.

At its meeting in early December, the Archant Gold charitable committee decided to match the charitable donations from the endeavours of over 30 different staff.

Vicky Lock (pictured above) and Carla Wiggins, Ad Production – Magazine Design Team, Archant Norfolk, dressed as Santas to run in the 3km Santa Run in Ipswich. Unfortunately Carla broke her arm the night before and Vicky ran for both of them, raising a joint £110 for East Anglian's Children's Hospices.

Shakiba McCormick, from Archant Dialogue, participated in the Race for Life and raised £310 for Cancer Research UK which Archant Gold matched.

Reporters Jon Dean and Tim Lamden, from Archant London, ran 10.2km for Prostate Action dressed as women. They raised £235. Jon's high point was completing the run in a time of 49 minutes.

Lynn Bartlett, from Archant Norfolk, started the 100km London Nightrider Cycle Challenge at 12.15am and finished at 9.15am. Lynn raised £680 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Archant Life’s Gareth Snow, raised £242.50 for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking part in a 62-mile cycle ride around West Sussex. Unfortunately after 23 miles, Gareth fell off his cycle and broke his elbow which was not only very painful but very frustrating as he had trained for several months for the cycle ride.

Having reported on the story of cerebral palsy sufferer six-year-old Brooke Lawrance in the Ipswich Star, reporter Lauren Everitt from Archant Suffolk was inspired to take the plunge and complete a skydive to raise money for Tree of Hope Children's Charity - Brooke's Wish To Walk appeal. Brooke was born with cerebral palsy and has never been able to walk. Her parents Sarah and Peter from Ipswich, embarked on a fundraising mission to raise the £40,000 needed for a life-changing operation for their daughter to make her dream of walking come true. Lauren’s skydive raised £505.

Paul Hood, Digital Director, Archant London, ran the Lisbon Marathon. Paul chose to raise cash for Kids Company because of the amazing work they do supporting vulnerable kids. To date he has raised £662 and counting.

Nick Paul, Art Director from Archant Dialogue, walked 26 miles from Stonehenge to Avebury Stones in memory of his father who suffered with Alzheimer's during the last few years of his life. He raised £326 for the Alzheimer's Society.

Archant Norfolk sales duo Diana Sims and Steve Maddams organised a raffle, sale of cakes and a silent auction for Children in Need at Archant’s Prospect House office in Norwich and raised £693.

Editor Colin Granger, from Archant London, raised £149.50 by swimming a total of 50 lengths in aid of the Community Links and Newham Recorder annual Toy Appeal for disadvantaged children.

Shaun Nicholas, from Archant Print’s Thorpe Print Centre, joined his friend’s son, Jack, on a sponsored cycle ride from Norwich to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Jack had a near fatal accident and was cared for at GOSH. After he'd recovered, he wanted to give something back to the hospital and decided to do the cycle ride. Shaun also helped Jack by devising a training programme and finding a suitable route. A total of £3,438 was raised. The Gold committee matched the £90 that Shaun raised himself plus £250 of the overall total as an acknowledgement of Shaun’s involvement in the event organisation.

An Essex Life team of Phil Terry, Denise Evers, Chris Boosey and Julian Read, from Archant Anglia, spent eight hours on a sweltering hot day walked continuously up and down Southend seafront, only stopping occasionally for ice cream, fish and chips or candy floss. The covered around 32 miles and raised £1,119 for the Essex Life Charitable Fund which, through the Essex Community Foundation, makes donations to a variety of Essex charities.

Archant corporate communications manager, Keith Morris, and his wife Nicky climbed 50 different peaks in 50 weeks to raise enough money to pay for 50 life-enhancing operations by the flying doctors Mercy Flyers charity operating in Zambia, but based in Norfolk. To date they have raised £8,040 and the Gold committee agreed to match £2,770 with a few final donations still to come in.

A number of Archant staff grew an impressive array moustaches for the month of Movember, raising money for prostate and other cancer research.

Anmol Paul, Ross Mealing, Kris Westcott, Jack Legate, Chris Minto, Dave Walters, Mark Stevens, Grant Hardy, Simon Rutt and Josh Parvin from Archant Herts & Cambs’ Stevenage office, raised £719. Keith Morris, from the Archant Corporate team, raised £20 and Will Tolliday, from Archant Publishing Services raised £145 for the SDBTT Andrew Stringer Fund.

The Gold committee decided to name Archant corporate communications manager Keith Morris as their fundraiser of the year and give him the Gold Award and an extra £100 for his chosen charity, Mercy Flyers.

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