To show support for the England football team, and raise money for St Gemma’s Hospice, Take Heart and Fulfil the Wish, the Leeds Charity Committee held a World Cup themed afternoon tea. Enjoying prawn cocktails, sandwiches and scones, staff in Leeds raised £605 with matched funding.
Eamon O’Brien, Lucy Bullimore, Andrew Herbert and Caroline McGrath from Group IT cycled over 70 miles from Wetherby to Filey in some of Yorkshire’s finest, and hilliest, countryside as part of The Great Yorkshire Bike Ride event. The team raised a fantastic £1,200 for a range of local charities, with matched funding.
Another employee braving the heat and smashing a personal best was John Atkinson from Invoice Finance, who completed the Rome Marathon. Enjoying the most beautiful and important monuments, streets and squares of Rome as he ran the course, John raised a fantastic £5000 for charity. “A massive thank you to everyone for the support, good wishes and donations, which included £1000 from HCUK”, says John. “I’m so pleased with how much was raised for the charity that is supporting my cousin through his terminal cancer”. John managed to beat his previous personal best by 30 minutes, despite the hot, sunny weather being slightly different to his winter training in Leeds!
Amy Parkinson, Charlotte Reddington, Emily Sissons, Michelle Hicks, Sarah Jones, Scarlett Beck and Faye Nairn from Leeds completed a sponsored abseil down Peel Tower in Ramsbottom, to raise money for Dreams Come True. Peel Tower is 128ft high, so it took a lot of courage to complete the thrilling challenge, but it was worth the nerves. They managed to raise £1600 with matched funding for Dreams Come True, a charity close to Sarah’s heart, which helps children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions. Some of the family members took part in the abseil too so the group had the advantage of hearing first-hand how the money they raised will benefit the families.