September 29th, 2016

Stratford insurance company raises more than £50,000 for Guide Dogs

Updated: 1:32 pm, Oct 01, 2015

CHARITABLE staff from a Stratford insurance company have gone the extra mile to help raise more than £50,000 for Guide Dogs.

Staff at NFU Mutual held a corporate golf day at Stratford’s Welcombe Hotel and Golf Club recently and 23 teams – made up of suppliers and key partners – took to the fairway.

As well as the longest drive and nearest the pin competitions, players were invited to Beat the Pro on the par three 6th hole with only eight out of the 92 players managing to do so.

Henson – NFU Mutual’s Guide Dog for Life – and several of his puppy pals were guests of honour at a dinner after the event, which raised around £20,000.

And some 50 colleagues put their best foot forward to take part in the Coniston Adventure Challenge in the Lake District.

With the weather on their side, the company’s 16 teams were involved in a tough day of challenges in and around Lake Coniston.

A 10K hike to the summit of Old Man Coniston, a 12K mountain bike trail through the forests of Grizedale and a one mile kayak along Coniston Water were just some of the activities, which saw staff raise more than £30,000 for the same charity.

The fastest NFU Mutual team were from Head Office Claims. They completed the challenge in 5 hours 40 minutes – coming 9th out of 54 teams competing.

NFU Mutual spokeswoman, Beth Pritchard said: “A special mention for fundraising must go to our team ‘May the Paws Be With You’ from our Customer Service Operations department.

“They have raised £3,178, with more donations still to come. A fantastic effort.

“The event will also be run next year, and we’re hoping to have a huge presence from NFU Mutual once again. It was tough going, but a fantastic experience for a great cause.”

Guide Dogs was voted by NFU Mutual staff to be their corporate charity for 2015, and colleagues are hoping to raise £125,000, which will help fund one Guide Dog for Life and up to 15 Guide Dog puppies in their first year.

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