Wimborne estate agents walk for Blandford charity
OVER two thousand pounds has been raised as a result of a sponsored walk and run last week by staff from Savills Wimborne for Blandford charity Youth Aid, which provides support and guidance to young people in the town.
The chairman of the charity Dave Sullivan, who is the proprietor of Sweet Memories in Wimborne, had been approached by the company when it wanted to stage a team building event combined with charity fundraising.
Mr Sullivan said: "I don't live in Wimborne, but I run a business here, and they offered to support the charity of which I am co-founder."
More than three dozen - about a third of the staff - took part in the exercise, and had the choice of a four-mile or eight-mile run or a four -mile walk which started in the town centre and finished at the Olive Branch pub.
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They were sponsored to a total of over a thousand pounds, to which will be add the donations collected en route, and match funding from their company.
The head of Savills Wimborne office Richard Shaw, who was a member of one of several teams to walk the route and find the answers to clues on their way, said: "We have been very fortunate with the weather, which in some cases was too hot for the runners.
"The idea arose from our ideas group in the office which wanted to get involved with local organisations."
The event was co-ordinated by Savills' Liz Lockton, who thanked the pub for their co-operation, Deputy Town Mayor Diann March and town crier Chris Brown for attending the start, and Mr Sullivan for supplying chocolate medals and sweets to the runners and walkers.
Six members of the planning department chose the run, including Peter Lamb, who set himself a target to run 16 miles but had to pull out of the longer distance.
Youth Aid representatives were joined by Bekki Stalker and Paul Sleaman of the Beacon Project, which is seeking to establish a similar service for Upton and Lytchett Minster having already established a job club, food bank and intergenerational activities.
Report and photo by Nicci Brown