Woodley Coles, Construction Cost Managers, were delighted to be sponsors of the Pilgrims Hospices Annual Cycle Challenge on Sunday 1st May 2016. This is a significant year for the Kent, Cambridge and London based business as it celebrates 15 years of success.
As well as sponsoring the event, a team from Woodley Coles took part, tackling the 48 mile route between the Canterbury and Margate Hospices. Partner Dan Deed, Associate Andrew Diplock and Business Development Manager Ella Brocklebank chose to cycle this route as it passed their Kent offices at Discovery Park and Apprentice Holly-Mae was volunteering at the Margate Hospice.
Andrew Diplock, recently promoted as an Associate at Woodley Coles commented “none of us are regular cyclists so it certainly was a challenge, but it was a great day that we all thoroughly enjoyed. It’s amazing to see the vast mix of people, of all abilities, who saddle up in aid of this deserving local charity.”
The cycle challenge is a truly great day, full of atmosphere and as Pilgrims Hospices biggest sporting fundraiser Woodley Coles were proud to be part of this. The monetary contributions received from local businesses is critical to the ongoing success of events such as this and ensures as much money as possible is raised to continue to provide exceptional care and support for terminally ill patients across East Kent. The weather on the day was superb; the Kent countryside was glorious in the sunshine and a very warm welcome was received at each hospice by teams of staff and volunteers.
As ongoing supporters of Pilgrims Hospices, Woodley Coles wanted to go the extra mile in supporting this event and took it upon themselves to rally local businesses to support the event in an unconventional way: with contributions of jaffa cakes. As a popular choice of snack for sporting participants to quickly refuel, Woodley Coles aimed to collect as many as possible to feed the 1000+ cyclists and save the charity from buying supplies themselves. As one of 125 tenants at Discovery Park they called upon the kindness of fellow tenants to bring a box and additional donations also came from local construction groups the Kent Construction Focus Group and the Constructing Excellence Kent Branch as well as a generous donation from the Sainsburys store at Westwood Cross, Thanet. In total over 3200 jaffa cakes were collected and distributed to all three hospices. Woodley Coles’ Apprentice Holly-Mae who led the campaign said “we were overwhelmed with the generosity of others as each day more and more jaffa cakes would arrive in our office. It created quite a buzz on social media and at Discovery Park and we are very grateful to everyone who donated”.
Sponsorship and participation in the Cycle Challenge event saw the first of Woodley Coles’ pledged ‘15 charitable days’ kick off in celebration of their 15th Anniversary. This year they will be supporting three local charities; Pilgrims Hospices, Catching Lives and Kent Multiple Sclerosis Centre by donating 15 days of their time to the three charities.
This voluntary work will include supermarket collections, participation in sporting events and ad hoc tasks that will benefit each charity such as gardening and painting facilities all as well as raising funds along the way.
You can find out more at www.woodleycoles.com and by following the campaign #15charitable days on Twitter @WoodleyColesLLP