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Benevolent journalists raise nearly £10,000

Nearly £10,000 has been raised so far this year by staff from newspaper publisher Archant.

Among the fundraisers was a marathon-running reporter, an editor being arrested and incarcerated and a news editor’s star turn at Norwich City football club.

The grand total of £9,577 has been matched by the company as part of the Archant Gold scheme.

Among the staff to raise money were Hampstead and Highgate Express reporter Susanna Wilkey, who leapt out of a plane at 12,000ft to raise £769 for The Winchester Project.

She said: “The second we dropped I forgot everything about the briefing. Rushing towards the clouds, I felt the indescribable fun but incredibly scary feeling of falling at 120mph.

“For about 40 seconds, I forgot how to breathe or scream but experienced an intense adrenalin rush until the parachute opened when we were in the clouds at 5,000ft.”

East Anglian Daily Times journalist Craig Robinson raised £2,346, also for a hospice, by running the London Marathon.

He said: “It was all a massive high and the crowds were absolutely amazing. The feeling at 24 miles running down the embankment with everyone shouting your name was unbelievable.”

Other fundraising activities by Archant staff:

  • West Suffolk editor Mark Crossley, from Archant Suffolk, was arrested and locked up with 12 other business leaders from Bury St Edmunds in a ‘Jail or Bail’ event. He raised £468 for a hospice.
  • Eastern Daily Press Norfolk editor Nancy Wedge took part in the Norwich half marathon and collected £385 for the Big C cancer appeal.
  • Cotswold Life assistant editor Candia McKormack did a 120ft abseil in the shadow of the Clifton suspension bridge and raised £179 for Action For Children.
  • Welwyn and Hatfield Times editor Terry Mitchinson took part in a sponsored swim in which participants swam over 100 miles between them, raising £215 for a hospice.
  • Archant Life North deputy editor Paul MacKenzie completed a 66-mile walk across the Quantock Hills and Exmoor, collecting £520 for a hospice charity.
  • Norwich Evening News news editor David Powles organised a charity football tournament at Norwich City FC’s stadium.

    Sixty Archant staff took part and raised £620 for the Bryan Gunn Leukaemia Appeal with sports editor Richard Wilner managing to get booked in a friendly.