Building company digs deep for children’s and cancer charities

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A construction company is raising the roof after raking in a massive £15,212 for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal - in just 12 months!

York-based William Anelay - the building conservation specialist - has chosen to support the Appeal, the legacy of the late inspirational Jane Tomlinson CBE, over a five year period.

The company, after just two years of fundraising, has now raised a total of £24,166 through a series of fantastic team and personal endeavours.  The company is now already almost half way to its £50,000 five-year total target. 

The second year of the partnership kicked off in August 2015 with the annual William Anelay Rounders Tournament, where 18 teams battled it out for bragging rights - and raised an impressive £3,070.

Earlier this year, company yardman Malcolm Bowden topped up the coffers by taking on a 10,000ft skydive with his son, Alex, bringing in a further £1,228.

Malcolm said the idea came about when Alex challenged him to celebrate their birthdays in unusual style. He added: "With the Jane Tomlinson Appeal working so closely with William Anelay, it seemed only fitting to raise money through skydiving for them."

As well as staging a variety of their own events, company staff have also taken part in a number of events organised by the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. The 'It's a Knockout'-style Ultimate Team Challenge in April saw the William Anelay team finish in second place, raising £628.

William Anelay chose the Jane Tomlinson Appeal to be the company's official charity in July 2014 after managing director Tony Townend challenged himself to complete the first Yorkshire Marathon in 2013.

Since then, the company has pulled out all the stops to support the appeal. Other challenges completed include a Welsh 15 mountain climb, the York 10K, a golf day and the Primal Stampede.

The company also lends support in other ways - such as providing vehicles to the Appeal team which has just set off on a 3,000 mile cycle challenge from London to Rio de Janeiro.

Managing Director Tony Townend said: "Everybody at William Anelay has embraced our partnership with the Appeal with genuine passion and commitment.

"It is wonderful to be able to pass on this increased amount to the Appeal and to encourage them in their support for so many good causes in the area."

Mike Tomlinson, of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, said: "A massive congratulations to all of the staff at William Anelay for this achievement.

"We cannot thank the company enough - what an exceptional amount to have raised. We're all looking forward to continuing our partnership over the next few years."

William Anelay is now making plans for its third year of fundraising and aims to build on its success further still.