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Fundraising the BDC Way

08.10.2015

Internal fundraising emails are common place here at the BDC, whether it's marathons, mountains or bike riding missions, the staff at the venue are always raising money for worthwhile causes. Earlier this year we had several members of staff in the London Marathon and of course last August the great Angel to Angel ride took place.

The passion for charitable efforts has not slowed in pace though and with winter fast approaching the team have been partaking in some great activities…

Venue Services Manager & Head of Security, Paul Burke who took part in last year’s bike ride obviously caught the cycling bug as earlier in the month he completed the arduous London to Brighton challenge which put him through his paces over 75 miles almost entirely off-road! The ride mixes cycle, single track and forest paths ending up in sunny Brighton. Paul smashed his target making a £595.00 for the British Heart Foundation.

Chief Operating Officer, Graham Stephenson also took part in Angel to Angel and a year on decided that the Prudential 100 was a great time to reignite his passion for cycling. Graham raised £1,075.00 for The Children's Trust charity, which provides rehabilitation, education, therapy, and specialist care for children with brain injuries. Ramoe Mitchell and Terry Stark of 2014’s BDC bike team also took part generating over £1,000.00 for the venue’s amazing tenant Revitalise who offer respite care for disabled people and carers.

Staying firmly on two feet Georgina Forester and Sean Niblett just completed the Shine Night Walk in aid of Cancer Research UK, walking a marathon of 26.2 miles through the night and raising a fantastic £1,000.00 between them. Over 17,000 people took part in the event and managed to contribute over five million pounds in donations, which is sure to continue to rise over the next few weeks.

Relative newcomer to the venue, accountant Simon Clark also walked across London this year. He was supporting the North London Hospice by journeying from East Finchley to Westminster Abbey. Simon raised over £300.00 which will help the charity who provide specialist palliative care in North London for those who have potentially life-limiting illnesses with specialist needs.

Finally, resident adventurer Hayley Constable has been known to take on a challenge of extreme proportions. After climbing Kilimanjaro in 2011 raising money for Crohns and Colitis UK, Hayley has been keen to let her adventurous side loose again and as such will be trekking the Sahara in aid of the Alzheimer's Society – a charity close to her heart. Starting at the gateway of the Sahara in Ouarzazate the trek will take six days in the heat of the desert and what’s even more inspiring is that Hayley has funded the total cost of the trip herself so anything raised will go directly to the charity.

The BDC is extremely proud to have such a wonderful team of staff who think so much of others and would like to congratulate these and even more of the team who are supporting  and fundraising for charities throughout the year.

Please feel free to find out more or support any of the team who are still raising money by clicking on their links above.

Posted by Kate.

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