Archant staff raise £11,000 for charity

Archant media staff have raised more than £11,000 for charity over the past six months.

Ilford Recorder senior editorial assistant Pat Parry overcame her biggest fear by completing a parascend while on holiday in Tenerife to raise £321 to support the paper’s Building for Life campaign with Macmillan Cancer Relief.

Herts Comet editor Darren Isted ran the London Marathon in a time of 4 hours 15 minutes to raise £940 for the Keech Cottage Hospice and the Mulberry Bush Appeal.

A team from the Weston & Somerset Mercury went on the march to raise funds for Weston Hospicecare, walking up to 10 miles to raise £361.

Wisbech Standard deputy editor Wendy Coles and colleagues from the paper and the Cambs Times raised £555 at a night at the races for the Hereward Riding for the Disabled charity.

Ipswich Town supporters queued to have their pictures taken with their footballing heroes to raise £1,076 for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich. The shoot was organised by East Anglian Daily Times picture editor Paul Nixon.

Romford Recorder deputy editor Barry Kirk got on his bike to raise £85 in aid of Leukaemia Research.

Evening Star editor Nigel Pickover put his best foot forward to raise £400 for Disability Care Enterprise.

Nicola Pahlke from the pre-press department of the Ilford Recorder completed a 100km Inca Trail hike across the Andes in Peru to raise £1,058 for SCOPE.

Keith Mackintosh from the design department at consumer magazine publisher Archant Specialist went without alcohol for a month to raise £658 for Cancer Research UK.

“We have £40,000 in the Archant Gold pot for next year and are keen to use as much of it as possible to give to our employees’ favourite charities,” said Archant Gold committee chairman, company secretary John Ellison. The sum raised has been matched by the company under its Gold scheme.

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