This year we chose to focus the efforts of the Foxley Kingham Anniversary Foundation on just one organisation, in order to make the most impact possible, we chose Level Trust. Level Trust provides vital help and support for children and families in the local area.
The first half of our fundraising year has been a huge success, we have raised over £8,000. So far the FK team have been walking, cycling and golfing in a bid to bring the funds in! In addition, there have also been some smaller fundraising events including dress down days, raffles, quizzes and car boot sales, as well as several generous ad hoc donations, which brings the total to over £10,000.
So what have the team been up to?
Our staff cycling team were training hard and planning on taking part in the ‘Le Petit Grand Prix Sportive’ in Lincolnshire, however, when that event was cancelled, they devised their own route. The hardy cycling team of Helen Spokes, Paul Bithrey, Steve Samson, Rachel Hayler and Duane Litchfield took to the road on Sunday 5 September. Their new route was a challenging one covering 52 miles in the hilly Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire countryside, with over 3000ft of climbing, but the team dug in and they all completed the ride in less than five hours, raising over £4,000 for the foundation.
Meanwhile, others in the team arranged a 26-mile marathon walking challenge that took place on 26 September, the team made up of Tara Aldwin, Sarah Robertson, Ellie Robertson, Sophie Robertson, Gabriella Caulfield and Lesley Middleton took on the challenge. Covering a route in and around Luton in an impressive nine hours, raising a further £3,500. The team stepped a total of 58,800 times and hit an elevation of 978 ft.
Most recently, a golfing event took place on 12 November, at the Cainhoe Wood Golf course. Thank you to everyone who took part in the charity golf day. The day started out a little (a lot) wet with about 45 minutes of fairly heavy drizzle, but this didn’t stop the spirit of the day, and everyone went out to brave the weather. After a while the sun started to shine, and all teams had a good round of golf. FK client and friends at Gray & Sons Builders Ltd took the top prize and the trophy home on the day and overall the event raised over £820 for this years charity partner, Level Trust.
Tara Aldwin, Director at Foxley Kingham and Trustee of the Anniversary Foundation, is delighted with the efforts so far from the FK team and clients;
“On behalf of the Trustee Board, I really want to pay tribute to our brilliant team of fundraisers, your hard work is greatly appreciated. Everyone who has taken part, sponsored or donated should be proud to know that they are helping an excellent charity and supporting their commendable work to help families overcome the costs of education so that children can have the chance to love learning. We are now halfway through our 12-month fundraising programme, with some great plans for the six months ahead.”
Jane Malcolm, Chief Executive of Level Trust, added;
“We are deeply appreciative of the efforts from the wonderful team at the Foxley Kingham Anniversary Foundation. Given the uncertainty faced by many children and their families in the town over the past 18 months, the fundraising efforts will help support our work. We look forward to continuing to work with them.”
Keep an eye on the FK website, social media and eNewsletter for news of further events and opportunities to get involved.