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Publisher match-funds charity cash raised by staff

Nick Gill A regional publisher has match-funded almost £11,000 raised for good causes by its staff over the course of the past six months.

The Archant Gold match funding scheme has doubled the charity cash raised by journalists and advertising staff from across the company during the first half of 2015.

Journalists whose good causes benefited include Nick Gill, pictured left, news editor at The Comet in Stevenage and the Royston Crow.

As previously reported on HTFP, Nick completed the London Marathon in aid of St John’s Ambulance, raising £1,434 two years after the charity’s volunteers had helped him when he collapsed on the course.

Others to receive funding from Archant’s scheme include Sarah Howells, from the North Devon Gazette editorial team, who participated in a 5km obstacle race.

She raised £194 for Amigos Worldwide; a charity which helps train young disadvantaged Ugandans in vocational skills.

Natalie Sadler, Archant Suffolk digital editor, raised £711 for 1st Witham Newlands Rangers by organising various charity events, while Welwyn Hatfield Times editor Terry Mitchinson raised 355 by participating in aI daring firewalk for Hertfordshire’s Isabel Hospice.

A full list of Archant employees whose chosen charities benefited from the scheme can be read here.