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Journalists hold charity events to raise £10,000

Journalists from a regional publisher have raised more than £10,000 in the last six months with charity events including sponsored walks, runs and swims.

The staff from Archant have raised £10,778 for a range of good causes, which will be doubled under the Archant Gold scheme.

Among those raising funds was Eastern Daily Press editor Peter Waters who completed the BUPA Great South Run to raise more than £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of his wife and his reporter David Blackmore, pictured, who spent 10 days revamping a school in South Africa to raise £2,200 for research into bowel cancer.

And further fundraising efforts were made by Newham Recorder editor Colin Grainger who swam 50 lengths to raise £125 towards the paper’s annual Community Links Toy Appeal, which collected 13,500 toys and Archant Specialist editor Matt Havercroft who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise £2,665 for Thames Hospicecare.

Archant Herts and Cambs editor Terry Mitchinson raised £184 for Herts Air Ambulance at an annual sponsored walk after the paramedics attended a heart attack victim at last year’s event.

Eve Middleton from Archant Specialist’s France magazine, ran the Great North Run from in 2 hours and 19 minutes to raise £325 for the British Lung Foundation in memory of a family friend who died from a rare condition known as interstitial pneumonitis.

And editorial trio Diana Bowerman, Belinda Bennett and Katy Griffin became the Sidmouth Herald Sharks to swim 60 lengths in a swimathon to raise £407 for Sidmouth Living with Cancer.

Other staff who raised money included:

  • Archant corporate communications manager Keith Morris, who helped to organise a World Cup fun day in the Norfolk village of Wreningham, raising £500 towards the Wreningham Play Project to provide outdoor play activities and facilities for local young people.
  • Editorial designer Ruth Sargison from Archant Specialist completed the Cancer Research UK Race for Life to raise £260 and she also grew basil and parsley plants to sell to colleagues, raising £28 for Diabetes UK.
  • Reporter Natalie Dearman, from Archant Herts and Cambs, took part in the Harlow Memory Walk to raise £100 for Harlow Alzheimer’s Society.
  • Jonathan Coates, from the KOS Media team in Kent, took part in a 10k run to raise £150 for Hospice in the Weald, being passed by double Olympic gold medalist Dame Kelly Holmes at the 3k mark.
  • 30 colleagues from the Archant Life team in the Totnes office held events to raise £115 for the BBC Children in Need Appeal, including putting up photos of themselves as toddlers and paying to have a go at identifying them.