Peterborough staff raise £40,000 to build health clinic overseas

BGL Group's  fund raisers for Zambia.

BGL Group's fund raisers for Zambia.

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Fund raisers from a leading Peterborough company have raised £40,000 for charity.

Staff from insurance firm BGL Group, in Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, have helped raise the cash to build a health clinic in Zambia.

The team got involved in a range of activities including climbing and zip wiring down Mount Snowden, running a marathon dressed as Darth Vader, auctions, casino nights, team quiz events and endless cake sales.

The challenges go on with one fundraiser, Gary Duggan, managing director of BGL’s partnerships business, Junction, preparing to cycle from London to Paris at the end of April.

The team’s cash will be added to a donation made by BGL, which is funding the building of a health clinic in Kapiri with charity partner, Build It International to support to thousands of people.

It will have specialised maternity and HIV wards.

The team will travel to Zambia at the end of June to visit the project.

Amanda Parkinson, one of the 20 fund raisers, said: “I’m so pleased we’ve made it, and I’m over the moon that we’ve raised so much.

“The new medical centre will change numerous lives and I’m really proud to say I’m part of that.”

Sophie Hawley, another fund raiser and organiser of the trip, said: “It’s such an honour to be a part of this trip that we know will impact so many people’s life’s in a really positive way.

“Everyone has really gone above and beyond to think of new ways of raising money – and we’ve been so well supported by our colleagues.”