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Archant's golden staff mean charitable enterprises top 700

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Archant staff across the country have been running, climbing, cycling, walking, baking and swimming for numerous good causes and Archant Gold has matched their charitable efforts to the tune of £10,280.

At its meeting on July 8, the Archant Gold charitable committee decided to match the charitable donations from the endeavours of over 30 different staff. This bring the total number of applications since the scheme was launched in December 2000 to over 700.

Adam Clarke, from Archant Publishing Services, along with two friends, dressed as the Blues Brothers and a nun to complete the Great Escape challenge for children’s charity Dreamflight. The charity had arranged for the son of a friend of Adam’s who has been a regular visitor to the Great Ormond Street Hospital, to go on a dream holiday to Florida.

The challenge was for one of the team to be dropped off penniless at a secret location and for the other two penniless colleagues to find him and complete a set of tasks at the same time. The nun had to be tracked down from Bedford to Leeds. The trio raised £965 for the charity Dreamflight and Archant matched one third which was £322.

Sarah Turner from Archant Publishing Services in Norwich sent out Spree books to all 230 pupils at the Hethersett VC Junior School, co-ordinated their return and delivered the membership cards and extra books sold. She sold 56 books in total raising £336 for the school.

A number of Archant colleagues took part in the Race for Life, raising money for Cancer Research UK. Ruth Sargison from Archant Specialist’s The English Home in Cheltenham raised £265, Karen Peck from Archant Print raised £120, colleague Stephanie Pollard from Archant Print raised £93 and Abigail Burroughes from Archant Dialogue raised £365.

Welwyn & Hatfield Times editor Terry Mitchinson, from Archant Herts & Cambs, is a patron of Isabel Hospice and takes part in a 12-mile sponsored walk each year. This year, despite torrential rain throughout the entire event, Terry finished and raised £230.

Terry also participated in a second 12-mile sponsored walk organised by two local rotary clubs and supported by the Welwyn & Hatfield Times. He raised £165 for the Willow Foundation which provides special days for seriously ill 16-40 year olds and which will stage its 10,000th special day this year.

Sue Gipps from Archant Suffolk, raised £166 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer by organising a quiz night at the local pub for mostly Archant staff and also ran a raffle.

Archant Norfolk duo Berni Whelan from the advertising team and Carol Wright from switchboard, walked around Archant’s head office in Norwich selling Red Nose pens for Comic Relief to colleagues at £1 each. Carol wore a Comic Relief tee-shirt and Berni carried the pens and charity bucket raising a lot of laughs and £304 for the charity.

Katy Green, from Archant Specialist’s English Home magazine in Cheltenham, organised a bake sale on Red Nose Day. Many members of staff baked delicious cakes, biscuits and cupcakes and many more donated generously to eat their way through them. The sale raised £140 for Comic Relief.

Keeping in the Comic Relief theme, Rachael O'Shaughnessy from Archant Life’s Devon Life, raised £52.50 for the charity by organising a 'real' bake off and staff had to wear an item of red clothing. The bake off had medals for the best efforts.

Archant London magazines advertising duo Mark Smith and Louise Hodgson, took part in Cancer Research UK’s Dryathlon by having no alcohol for the whole month of January. Mark raised £120 and Louise raised £123.

Laura Stringer, from Archant Dialogue, arranged a pudding evening where everyone who attended had to take a pudding. They were all laid out and everyone sampled as many as they liked. The evening raised £613.80 for the Brain Tumour Charity, Andrew Stringer Fund.

Archant Life editor Paul Mackenzie, who works on a number of titles from the North division, spent three days completing an 80-mile sponsored walk along the Heart of England Way from Cannock Chase to Bourton on the Water. He raised £300 for St Luke's Hospice.

The Sidmouth Herald Sharks from Archant South West, took part in a swimathon and completed 107 lengths between them in an hour to raise £316 for The Rotary Club of Sidmouth. Stephen Sumner thereby achieved the feat of appearing topless in the Sidmouth Herald within a month of starting to work on it.

Mark Watts from the Norse facilities team in Norwich was inspired to participate in the London Marathon after his mum sadly passed away just before the 2012 event. Mark recalled “I remember watching the event on television and thought it would be a wonderful way to honour her memory, raise money to fight the disease and also challenge myself so I signed up and started my training. Mark completed the marathon in 5 hrs 11mins and 22 sec and raised a magnificent £1,508 for Children with Cancer UK.

Nick Gill, reporter on Archant Herts & Cambs weekly paper The Comet, began training for the marathon in October last year and was not deterred from completing three runs a week mainly in cold and snowy weather. In the build-up Nick ran a half-marathon and a 20 mile run but unfortunately on the day itself collapsed from heat exhaustion at 18 miles which was a real low point after so many highs. Despite this, Nick raised £1,232 for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust.

Steve Maddams, from Archant Norfolk’s City Retail Advertising Team organised a Quiz Night at Prospect House for 'Charlie's Angels' in aid of Charlie Ryan, a five-year-old boy with Neuroblastoma incurable cancer. The evening raised £326.67 for the Charlie Ryan UK Fund.

Jayne Lindill, editor of Archant Suffolk’s Suffolk Magazine, raised £300 for the St Elizabeth's Hospice which had recently cared for her aunt in a very unusual way. Jayne completely shaved her head for a part in a play, Wit, in which she was portraying a woman with cancer. Jayne decided to take the opportunity to raise some money for the local hospice at the same time.

Pictured above is John Hood, the director of the play, giving Jayne Lindill a close shave.

Sarah Howells, from Archant South West’s North Devon Gazette in Barnstaple, raised an impressive £1,154.15 for Amigos Worldwide by hosting a charity coffee morning. She also gave talks to local groups about her trip in return for a donation.

For the second year running Kirsty Baker, from Archant Life’s South East division, completed the 56-mile London to Brighton Bike Ride along with some friends, all in fancy dress. They managed to shave 1hour 40mins off their 2012 time and Kirsty raised £153.31 for the British Heart Foundation.

Maria Sarro from the Archant Suffolk field sales team in Ipswich, organised a fun day with barbecue, bouncy castle, music and face painting for the St Bartholomew's Children's Hospital and McMillan Cancer Support in memory of her sister who sadly passed away from cancer. She raised £953.05 and Archant matched 50% of this total.

Michele Rutherford, from the Archant Suffolk advertising team, who is Honorary Treasurer of the Chelmondiston WI, took part in the Orwell Sponsored Charity Walk - Orwell 25 to raise funds for the Chelmondiston branch as it is only a small group of 25 ladies. She raised £100.

Archant Specialist imaging trio Adam Scorey, Lorna Dockerill and Jade Price, were among a team of 13 who went on to complete the Three Peaks Challenge of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon in just over 24 hours in Cancer Research UK’s National Three Peaks Challenge. The whole team raised £3,844.96 of which Archant Gold matched the trio’s share of £349.

Archant Life’s Kerry Greenfield from the sales team at Worthing, along with her daughter walked from Worthing Pier to Brighton Pier, a total of 11.5 miles and raised £175 for St Barnabas House Hospice in memory of her father John Greenfield.

© Archant Ltd 2013