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On Sunday 21st September Gary Cornes did a tandem parachute jump from 13,000ft in an effort to fundraise for two charities close to his heart, Project Africa and Marie Curie Cancer Care. Gary shared his experience with us:
"The skydive was one of the best and exhilarating things I’ve ever experienced in my life… I’m someone who isn’t particularly comfortable with heights and jumping out a plane at from 13,000 ft was definitely something I never thought I’d be able to do… but when the green light came and it was time to jump, it was the best feeling in world…..the initial free fall literally took my breath away.
"This was great opportunity to support two great causes and the support from friends and colleagues was amazing. So far we’ve raised £911 towards our target of £1,000 (£500 to each charity) with donations still coming in. This is largely down to colleagues in Region 4 but especially shop teams in districts 201 and 202 in Northern Ireland."
Inspired by Hike for Health and all the great work being done for Project Africa this year, Nicola Frampton, Mandy Kerr, Joanna Charles, Andrew Dobson, Andy Potter, Danielle Johnson-Howe, Haydn Bratt, Ian Smith, Mark McCaffrey, Sean Rafter, Lee Ibbotson, Vince Gourley, and Shaun Gamble decided to walk the Yorkshire Three Peaks to contribute to the fundraising effort. The team started at Pen-y-ghent, walking to Whernside and Ingleborough, this covers 24.5 miles. The team was able to raise over £500.
Yorkshire's Three Peaks, which form part of the Pennine range, encircle the heads of the valleys of the River Ribble and of Chapel-le-Dale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the North of England.The mountains of Whernside, Ingleboroug and Pen-y-ghent are collectively known as the Three Peaks. This challenge includes some of the most rugged and spectacular countryside in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and is a delight.
From Glasgow to Gibraltar, Manila to Marsden Bay in the North East of England, lots of you took on the challenge to walk the distance from London to Nairobi to raise funds for a medical facility in Ol Maisor. Colleagues walked a collective distance of 3,338 miles, not far off the Nairobi distance of 4,200 miles, smashing the £10,000 target with a total of £12,000 raised.
Hike for Health events took place in June all over the UK and in our international locations too. Colleagues walked the Lea Valley Canal in London, the Leeds to Liverpool Canal and our Online colleagues completed a 10-mile hike around Gibraltar – quite a challenge in somewhere so small!
As an alternative to walking, a group of Scottish colleagues took on a ski challenge at the indoor Xscape centre in Glasgow and colleagues in Tel Aviv and Manila also put their best feet forward to raise funds for Project Africa. You’ll fi nd full details of Hike for Health events, plus a photo gallery of people who took part on our Project Africa website, www.williamhillprojectafrica.org. There are also blogs from some of our colleagues who were keen to share their experiences.
On Saturday 22nd March 2014 a multi-national team of William hill colleagues embarked on an epic Trek across the forbidding Sahara desert. Starting in Morocco, the team trekked more than 100KM in 5 days, braving the unforgiving Sahara sun.
The team consisted of Haydn Bratt, Debbie Nash, Rob Davies, Kate Miller, Lyndsay Wright, Brian Whyte, Craig Connoly, Caroline Manie, and Amy Lowing.
Crossing the Maider El Kbir Plateau, the team were treated with spectacular views of the High Atlas Mountains where they met the Nomadic tribes who live in this region part of the year. The group walked across dried up Lake beds in the Jemel Lamrakeb region – known for its formidable sand dunes and spectacular peaks and gorges. On the final day the team trekked across the open desert plateau to our final camp at Anoun El Fraolia.
It was a beautiful March day when more than 100 Retail colleagues from the North East set off on a six-mile Coastal Walk. Shop teams from every District in Area 17 came along – many of them in fancy dress – and the Operations team also joined in. Says DOM Stephen Ramsey: “It was a fantastic day. A special mention must go to Adele Sinclair, Manager of Bedale LBO in North Yorkshire, who thought of the idea, organised it all and Made It Happen.”
Ever since the inception of Project Africa one of the suppliers of IT equipment, Complete IT, has been very generous in providing items for raising money for the Project Africa in the Leeds location. The total donations is now around £7000 and still on going.
Complete IT current service to William Hill is the provision of all laptops and IT peripherals to both Group and Online.
We would like to thank them for their continuous support.
Colleagues from Gibraltar organised a fundraising event for Project Africa and Gibraltar Childline. The aim was to sell 1600 tickets to raise money for Project Africa and Gibraltar Childline.
In October 2013 six William Hill colleagues and The William Hill Foundation Patron Robbie Savage attempted a trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Project Africa. Unfortunately Robbie suffered severe altitude sickness and was only able to partly complete the climb but the other six – Thomas Murphy, Andrea Macqueen, Natalie Charlton, Vince Bateson, Maria Assenova and Tom Keeber reached the summit.
Check out their blogs and photographs on this website http://www.williamhillprojectafrica.org/kilimanjaro-challenge/
Watch this space for details of the final amount this fabulous team raised for Project Africa.
A team from Development, Construction, Maintenance and Procurement climbed Mount Snowdon in North Wales in October.
It was exceptionally hard going, the weather wasn’t easy and they chose to climb the hardest track. The team did brilliantly to get up to the summit, and then back down again! The wind was so high at the summit that they had to get down on hands and knees and crawl, to avoid getting blown off their feet!
So, now the climb is completed we are really proud to say that all of our efforts have raised £11,842.50 (inc Gift Aid) for Project Africa with the possibility of a couple of offline donations still to be collected.
We really hope this helps towards the Foundation achieving its goals for the School and the children.
On Sunday 13th October colleagues from Area 18 (Retail) did a charity hike up Ben Ledi for Project Africa. Ben Ledi is 4 miles from Callander in Stirling, Scotland.
Elaine Fairley from Retail (District 181) participated in the great Scottish run in Glasgow on the 6th October.
On 6th October William Hill colleagues completed the Walk for Diabetes in Falkirk in aid of the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation and William Hill Project Africa.
On 28th of September, Project Africa Team July 2013 climbed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks fundraising for Project Africa – in the words of Dawn Boland “it was hard but we loved it!”.
£10,000 was raised by competitors in the William Hill Golf Tournament – On a blisteringly hot day against the backdrop of Northumberland’s grand Slaley Hall, our brightest and best golfers gathered for the 2013 William Hill Golf Tournament.
Four Regional events were held throughout the summer - golfers were involved in fundraising activities for Project Africa, with donations topping £10,000. Organiser Terry Johnston, Margin and Offer Manager, Trading, said: “We are proud to have raised such a significant amount. The level of support this tournament receives from the company has come a long way since the days of a few friends getting together for a round of golf. The £10,000 donation feels like a thank you for that commitment.”
The first William Hill Online Golf Day took place on September 1 at Alcaidesa Links in support of Project Africa. Alcaidesa is on the Costa Del Sol in Spain and the Links course is one of the most picturesque.
Martin Pullen, Telebetting Team Manager says “A great day was had by all competitors and we raised a fantastic £884 for Project Africa, with particular thanks going to Mark Howarth, Debbie Nash and Katie McDonough who organised the event.”
Colleagues from Retail cycled 47 miles in the Pedal for Scotland event in early September and will soon confirm the amount they raised during this fundraising challenge.
Our Robbie’s Riches competition In July 2013 brought in £3,554. Many thanks to everyone who bought tickets for Robbie’s Riches, raising a fantastic £3,554 for Project Africa. Eight colleagues won prizes signed by sporting celebrities – donated by The William Hill Foundation patron Robbie Savage.
James McKay from our Online team in Gibraltar raised £1,477 when he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in June.
The October 2012 team raised over £10,000 which was spent on completing the work on the library. From car washing to cake sales to 10k runs, nothing stops William Hill people raising money for this great cause.
Following a huge fundraising effort by colleagues in our Retail shops the shoe company Bata sent a representative to measure the feet of every child in the school in January this year and while we were there in February every child received a pair of shoes and socks – a first for many of the children. We also had a rucksack for every child, containing basic stationery items and a specially designed Project Africa note pad.
In December 2012, the Patron of the William Hill Foundation, Robbie Savage, helped to raise £9,000 by organising a celebrity football match at Northampton Town Football Club.