It’s a record breaker

2015 Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge raises over £370,000 for good causes


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The 2015 Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge smashed records with over £370,000 raised thanks to an incredible fundraising effort by the teams and their supporters at Samworth Brothers, as well as the Group’s suppliers and customers. 106 teams took part in the event which takes the grand total for money raised over the five Charity Challenges to over £1.5 million!
Not only was the Charity Challenge a huge fundraising success, it was also a real smasher, according to Anil Ahir, Charity Challenge 2015 Organiser. “It was the biggest and toughest event we have ever organised”, he said.  “All the teams were stretched to their limits as they took on the punishing challenges, which made the most of the rugged terrain around Lake Vyrnwy in mid-Wales.”
The first weekend, saw 54 teams tackle canoeing, off-road cycling, an obstacle course and orienteering, while on the second weekend 52 teams took part. There were also some VIP participants with Olympic triathlon medallists Alistair and Jonny Brownlee taking part in ‘Team Brownlee’.
Group Chief Executive Lindsey Pownall, who took part in the Super Tough challenge with her team said; “It was wonderful to see everyone having such a great time at both weekends.  I am so proud of what was achieved at this year’s Charity Challenge, from the incredible amounts of money raised for charity, the team spirit of the competitors, to the exceptional event organisation and the enthusiasm of the volunteers.  It really was a team effort to make it one of the most successful Charity Challenges yet.”
It’s a record breaker
A number of local charities to Lake Vyrnwy, where the two Challenge weekends took place, benefitted from this year’s Charity Challenge fundraising efforts.  A cheque for £20,000 was given to the Llanwddyn Community Centre, with £5,000 donated to the Welsh Air Ambulance, £3,000 to Medicare, who provided medical support for the two weekends, £3,000 to the RSPB who help protect the local area.  
Dave Proctor, President of Llanwddyn Community Centre said;  “We were astounded to receive a £20,000 cheque from the Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge, and we can’t thank everyone enough for their generosity.   We can now get started on some much needed renovation and updating work at the centre, from new floors and toilets to a complete redecoration. The centre is really important to the community, with many meetings and activities taking place there every week.  With this donation we can finally provide a new look centre that reflects its importance within our community.”