Symonds & Sampson smash 2019 Charity fund-raising target

Tessa Tidman
By Tessa Tidman

January 2020

What a year it’s been! 2019 has been a fantastic year for fundraising for our two chosen charities – Wessex Heartbeat and Bournemouth Hospital.

Symonds & Sampson smash 2019 Charity fund-raising target

The S&S staff have been extraordinarily busy all year round, donning aprons, throwing themselves out of planes and organising numerous auctions, parties and challenges for the two very worthy causes.

We would like to thank everyone who has helped organise and take part in the events this year and those who have come along and supported our fundraising efforts. We have smashed our £10,000 target raising over £14,500 for Wessex Heartbeat and Bournemouth Hospital Charity.

How we raised the money

Annie Helliwell, Derryn Pollard and Jack Edwards of Salisbury completed the Great South Run in October; and Philip Pollard, Tim Hale and Theresa Wootton ‘enjoyed’ tandem sky diving – jumping from 10,000ft in September. As an office they have raised well over £5,000.

Trudi Gumbrell, Jess Weymouth, Sam Brown and Andrea Lowden-Todd also took the opportunity to jump out of a plane, completing a 15,000ft sky dive in July raising over £2,000. Very brave!

A 15-strong group of ladies from Symonds & Sampson marched more than six miles along Bournemouth seafront at twilight in May and beat their fundraising target by over 116%! The girls raised an impressive £648.

Fast becoming a much anticipated annual event, Rymer’s Rally – a tractor rally organised by the Wimborne office’s Nick Rymer – raised a whopping £5,800 for the charities in May. In attendance were a total of 64 tractors, seven Land Rovers, an Austin pick-up and a 124-year-old steam engine! The band, barbecue and over 450 guests all contributed to what was a spectacular day.

The Great British Bake Off came to the Sturminster Newton office when staff brought in all manner of tasty homemade delights for their very popular coffee and cake morning in June. The office raised over £250.

On a gloriously sunny afternoon in Beaminster, the office hosted a garden party complete with Pimms and canapes. Mr and Mrs Brooks kindly let us use their beautiful and immaculately presented garden for the event which raised £628.

Most recently, Immy Robinson, Will Wallis and Carol Wallis, hosted a fantastic murder mystery evening at their pub, The Fox at Ansty. With the help of the Dorset Drama Group providing their excellent acting skills, the evening was a great success raising over £1,100.

Symonds & Sampson's Peter Grout-Smith and Tessa Tidman are busy planning another successful year of fundraising for another extremely worthy charity in 2020. Look out for an announcement soon, and details of all the exciting events you can get involved in! 

Thank you!

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