East Anglian independent builders merchant Kent Blaxill has presented cancer support charity CLIC Sargent with a cheque for £12,500.
Managing director Simon Blaxill presented the money to CLIC Sargent’s Karen Roberts.
It was raised by Kent Blaxill staff customers and suppliers in two events – a sponsored 175-mile cycle ride and family fun day – which were both held to mark the company’s 175th anniversary.
“CLIC Sargent was chosen as our charity for the year due to the fantastic support it was giving to a young employee with cancer, 22-year-old Anthony Kinsella,” said Blaxill. “Sadly Anthony died in August, but the charity remains very close to our hearts.”
Karen Roberts, fundraising manager for CLIC Sargent said: “In 2012 CLIC Sargent supported 198 families in Essex alone and none of this would have been possible without the support of the local community and local companies. We would like to congratulate Kent Blaxill on its 175th anniversary and thank everyone involved in raising such a fantastic amount.”
The Kent Blaxill 175-mile cycle ride, which was completed by 58 members of staff, customers and suppliers working in relay teams of four, began at 6am and finished at 7.15 pm with riders calling in at all of the company’s eight branches.
The family fun day, which was open to the public, featured numerous stalls, exhibitions and trade stands, as well a visit from TV wildlife presenter Nigel Marven.