Charity Challenge Aims For £300,000 Fundraising Target

Teams from across Samworth Brothers businesses, customers and suppliers are gearing up for the 2017 Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge this weekend and next.

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Now in its 10th anniversary year, the triathlon style event is taking place in the Lake District and has a £300,000 fundraising target. It has already raised more than £1.5 million for charity over five previous events. This year more than 100 teams of four have signed up to take part in one of two gruelling 10 hour Challenge days.

Charities that are being supported by the teams include LOROS, Wishes4Kids, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance, Gunns Community Gym in Birstall , MOVE, a charity based in Leicester which helps young people with cancer, Childrens’ Hospice South West, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Chicks, Jeremiah’s Journey, British Heart Foundation, the Stroke Association, Macmillan & the Merlin Centre for Multiple Sclerosis.

Staff at Kettleby Foods are raising money for The Epilepsy Society, a charity chosen in memory of Kettleby Foods’ colleague Jeanette Bateman, who sadly passed away last year.  

At Kensey Foods teams are supporting two local charities also close to their heart. Each of the three Kensey Foods teams are raising money for the Cornwall Air Ambulance and also the ‘Dash of Silver’ charity.  A  ‘Dash Of Silver’ was set up by a fellow Kensey employee Dan Silver, who has battled cancer and is now continuing to create further awareness of male cancer.

Anthony Dixey, a driver at Samworth Brothers Supply Chain at Meridian Business Park, has been inspired to take part and raise money for kidney research with his ‘Noah Jude’ team, named after his grandson who suffers from a rare kidney disease. Five teams from Bradgate Bakery at Beaumont Leys are hoping to raise more than £20,000 for the Wishes4Kids charity, the site’s chosen charity.

Pictured right are two participating teams - Gurjinder Bains, Will O’Reilly, Jamie Jones and Matt Porteous, one of the teams from Walkers Sausage Co. in Cobden Street, who hope to raise more than £2,000 for the Stroke Association and Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance plus ‘The Kettleby Leftovers’, left to right, Mark Taylor, Nicola Ewan, Ollie Van Allen and Steven Banfield raising money for The Epilepsy Society and LOROS.
Charity Challenge Aims For £300,000 Fundraising Target