During 2018 Haberman Ilett raised £3,500 for our chosen charity, the David Hoyle Foundation. Launched in January 2018, following the tragic death of David in June 2017, the foundation supports educational and environmental projects in Nguti (Cameroon), the home of David’s widow Marceline, which adopted David as one of its own when he lived and worked there.
Now, over a year on, we reflect on an incredible year of fundraising, with amazing individual efforts as well as group fundraising events. Highlights include:
- Our annual bike challenge: members of the Haberman Ilett team raised over £1,000 by enduring an entire day of racing against the clock in 15 minute slots, with Frank Ilett and Graham Nunns completing the challenge on a second bike;
- Kevin Davey brought his impressive culinary skills to the table, raising over £400 by preparing lunches for the entire office for a week (including his own homemade hummus);
- The Haberman Ilett Cake Sale: members of our team channelled their inner Mary Berry and produced a wondrous variety of cakes and other baked goods for sale in the City Tower building, raising over £300;
- Frank Ilett completing a gruelling 27,350 press ups (75 a day!) over the year, raising £550;
- Our (now annual) Easter Egg hunt had us playing detectives in the office, hunting down sweet treats and raising nearly £200; and
- Other events, including our summer celebrations (with dress down days and ice creams to prevent us melting), the biscuit amnesty (how long could we resist the biscuit tin, with fines for those of us lacking self control) and sweepstakes for the Grand National and World Cup contributed over £1,000 to our total.
The money raised is being spent on maintenance and improvements to the schools in Nguti and investigating other possible educational and environmental projects which the foundation could help in the future.
We look forward to continuing our efforts for our chosen charity for 2019, Let the Children Hear (previously known as the Ian Hutcheon Clinic for Children). Founded by the parents of our own Nathan Choudhury, it is dedicated to improving the hearing outcomes of children in developing countries, this charity was our chosen charity in 2017, and we are delighted to be sponsoring it again this year.
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