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Publisher gives reporters charity boost

Journalists’ charity efforts have been matched by the regional publisher they work for as part of its own scheme.

Staff working on Archant newspapers undertook a variety of challenges for different good causes, which have since received the extra boost via the Archant Gold staff charitable funding scheme.

The scheme raised a total of £10,794 over the second half of 2014.

Most recently, scores of staff across a number of Archant offices including Norwich, Ipswich, Worthing, Weston-super-Mare and Exeter took part in Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 12 December to raise £469 for Save the Children.

Tim Ice

Other examples of those to have been given the extras money for their charities of choice are Tim Lamden, the Hampstead & Highgate Express’s politics correspondent.

He was doused with a bucket of iced water by editor Geoff Martin outside the newspaper’s Charles House office in August, pictured above, and raised £50 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Hunts Post reporter Hywel Barrett, cycled 70 miles to raise £535 for the paper’s Two Wheels for Woodlands event to raise funds for the Woodlands Cancer Centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon.

East London Advertiser reporter Adam Barnett sang in a Syria Benefit Gig in aid of Medecins Sans Frontieres (UK) in December.

Adam rehearsed for a year to perform at the gig in front of 150 people, which raised around £3,000 for the charity.

Adam’s share of the funds was £421, which Archant Gold has matched.