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Jaffa cake challenge launches fundraising appeal for Woodley Coles

Posted on 06/05/16

More than 3,200 boxes of Jaffa cakes – and hundreds of pounds – were raised in a charity challenge set by Discovery Park tenant Woodley Coles to support Kent’s Pilgrims Hospices.

The construction cost management firm once again sponsored the charity’s annual cycle challenge, but wanted to go the extra mile in raising the profile of the event among other companies on site.

As a popular refuel snack, Woodley Coles aimed to collect as many as possible to feed the 1000+ cyclists taking part in the event to save the charity from buying supplies themselves. And the other 130 companies based on site were only too happy to answer the call.

Apprentice Holly-Mae Hill who led the campaign said: “We were overwhelmed with the generosity of others as each day more and more Jaffa cakes would arrive in our office. It created quite a buzz on social media and at Discovery Park and we are very grateful to everyone who donated.”

Additional donations came from local construction groups the Kent Construction Focus Group and the Constructing Excellence Kent Branch as well as the Sainsbury’s store at Westwood Cross.

A team form Woodley Coles - Partner Dan Deed, Associate Andrew Diplock and Business Development Manager Ella Brocklebank – also took part, successfully completing the 48-mile route, which passed their office at Discovery Park.

Andrew Diplock, Associate at Woodley Coles said, “None of us are regular cyclists so it certainly was a challenge, but it was a great day that we all thoroughly enjoyed. It’s amazing to see the vast mix of people, of all abilities, who saddle up in aid of this deserving local charity.”

The cycle challenge event was the first of Woodley Coles’ 15 charitable days in celebration of their 15th birthday, with events taking place at its three sites in Kent, Cambridge and London.

In addition to Pilgrims Hospices they will be supporting Catching Lives and Kent Multiple Sclerosis Centre by donating 15 days of their time.

This voluntary work will include supermarket collections, participation in sporting events and ad hoc tasks that will benefit each charity such as gardening and painting facilities all as well as raising funds along the way.

To find out more about their company’s fundraising campaign visit www.woodleycoles.com or follow @WoodleyColesLLP on Twitter, using the hashtag #15charitabledays.

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