Financial firm Deloitte has managed to raise £1 million for its charity partners: Alzheimer's Society, Prostate Cancer UK and Mind.
In total, 39 staff members, which included 25 partners, took part in four challenges across four continents to raise the money. These included trekking across Borneo, summiting Kilimanjaro, climbing Mulhacen in Spain and scaling Cotopaxi in Ecuador, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The whole programme was one of the biggest fundraising events that Deloitte has ever done.
In addition to this, there were also other fundraising events held at offices across the UK, such as a Deloitte Dances showcase and 70 members also spending 1,700 hours knitting 160 bobble hats for charity challenge participants.
The firm had an original £1 million target, which was reached by 10,543 sponsors and £250,000 matched funding by the company, but it also brings the total raised for its charity partners this year to a staggering £2.5 million - beating the previous record of £2 million in 2013.
David Sproul, Deloitte chief executive and senior partner, said in a statement: "We are thrilled to have reached our £1 million target for the Charity Challenge and immensely proud of everyone who undertook extreme personal challenges to support Alzheimer's Society, Prostate Cancer UK and Mind. The funds raised will have a huge impact in helping our charity partners to expand on the excellent work they are already doing across the UK."
The money will sure go a long way. For example, it will help to fund eight Doctoral Training Centres for Alzheimer's Society, which will support 53 new PhD students and fellows. The charity very much looks forward to what can be achieved in its partnership with Deloitte in 2016.
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