Paddlers help to raise thousands of pounds for EACH charity

Charity paddlers raise funds for EACH

Charity fundraisers, including the Jardin Corrugated paddlers - Credit: EACH

A team of paddlers has helped raise nearly £40,000 for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) in a charity dragon boat race in Northern Ireland.

Members from St Ives and Sutton-based packaging manufacturer Jardin Corrugated finished second overall and raised a total of £39,132.

Jardin Corrugated's owners W&R Barnett,  which has its headquarters in Belfast,  organised the race to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

Jardin Corrugated, part of the Logson Group, sent  Keith Marshall, 56, Angelo Chimenti, 43, and Julija Asaciova, 38, to help crew the Logson boat,

 EACH, which supports young people with life-threatening conditions, was nominated by employees, some of whom had benefited from its services.

The team set a target of £6,000 but after finishing second, and with W & R Barnett’s charity match funding scheme, they were able to donate nearly £40,000.

Jardin Corrugated staff take to the water

Paddlers, including Jardin Corrugated staff, take to the water to raise funds for EACH - Credit: EACH

Jardin Corrugated managing director Bob Koczulab said: “We’re extremely delighted that it was possible to make such a significant donation to EACH. It’s both rewarding and a sense of obligation to have the power to improve the lives of others.”

Dragon boat fundraising team

Jardin Corrugated staff join the fundraising team for EACH - Credit: EACH

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Ella Walston, EACH corporate fundraising assistant for Cambridge and West Essex, said: “I’d like to say thank you so much to Jardin Corrugated.

"Congratulations to the team on such a successful boat race. We’re extremely grateful for their incredible support.”

Jardin Corrugated present the cheque to Ella Walston

Ella Walston, from Each, receives the cheque for nearly £40,000 - Credit: EACH

EACH, which has the Duchess of Cambridge as its  patron,  relies on voluntary donations for the majority of its income and this year needs to raise £5.5 million from fundraising and £5.4 million from its shops.