Independent builders merchant Ridgeons is celebrating its 100th birthday with a full schedule of fundraising activities, on behalf of ACT, the charity for Addenbrooks hospital and its Rosie specialised women’s and maternity care unit.
Planned activities will include a 1911-styled dressing-up competition, ‘It’s a Knock Out’ challenge at The Big Weekend in Cambridge, and pantomime performance; while branch customers will be invited to beat the clock in a building skills challenge, splash out on raffle tickets, and donate by eating a hearty builders’ breakfast.
A liveried horse and dray will also visit Ridgeons’ branches, schools and events around the region, attracting attention and raising money for ACT.
All funds raised during the year will go towards three key ACT projects: a new state-of-the-art Da Vinci Robot for key-hole surgery; life-saving volumetric pumps for the children’s ward; and a breast cancer specimen x-ray machine for the Cambridge Breast Unit.
Anne Ridgeon, chairman of the Ridgeons Group, said: “This is a very special year for the business and we’ll be celebrating all of the hard work and good fortune of 100 years.
“Dating back to 1766, Addenbrooke’s has been around a lot longer than Ridgeons, and the Trust delivers life-saving projects which benefit all of us, directly or indirectly.”