A 80-YEAR-OLD city construction company spent its anniversary cycling 80 miles around Coventry and Warwickshire to raise money for a regional grant-giving charity.
Employees from construction and development firm The Deeley Group organised got on their bikes to raise money for the Heart of England Community Foundation and to celebrate the company’s 80th birthday.
The money, donated by the teams involved, raised an initial £2,500 but thanks to a cash injection from one of the company’s clients – Holland & Barrett – the donation was boosted to £5,000.
Nicky Main, a senior buyer at Holland & Barrett and chair of its charity arm Healthy Hope, said: “We are delighted to give the money to such a fantastic cause through the brilliant fundraising efforts of the Deeley Group.
“With a total of £5,000 going to the Heart of England Community Foundation we hope the money will enable communities to have a fantastic start to 2017.”
Peter Deeley, of the Deeley Group – which is building a new extension at the Holland & Barrett headquarters in Nuneaton, added: “It came as a real surprise when they got in touch to say they wanted to add to the total – but to more than double it is simply fantastic news.
“Tina and the great team at the Heart of England Community Foundation really do tremendous work in helping a range of groups and charities in our area who are a great asset to their local communities.
“I believe very much in what the foundation does for Coventry and Warwickshire and I am delighted that our 80th anniversary has provided a financial boost for them.”
The money will mean the Heart of England Community Foundation – which gives grants to local community groups and charities that make a positive difference in their areas – can now help more people.
Welcoming the donation, Tina Costello, CEO of the Heart of England Community Foundation, said: “This is a wonderful gesture from Healthy Hope and we will ensure it goes to a great cause in the local area that will make a real difference.
“We were thrilled with the initial support from the Deeley Group and its partners on the back of the 80-mile ride and this has just added the icing to the cake.”