£1 million raised for the Woodland Trust

Last month’s Golden Challenge has helped Golden Charter staff reach a fundraising total of £1 million for the Woodland Trust.

In September, more than 80 staff and their friends and family members braved the elements as they ran, cycled or walked 21km around the beautiful surroundings of Loch Katrine as part of the first ever Golden Challenge.

Ronnie Wayte, Chief Executive of Golden Charter, said: “21 years ago, Golden Charter decided to make its first donation to the Woodland Trust, and this year total donations reached £994,000. I am absolutely delighted to announce that the sponsorship raised from this event helped us reach the million pound mark.

“The Woodland Trust relies on the generosity and enthusiasm of its supporters to keep carrying out its vital work to protect, plant and restore UK woodland. The money we’ve raised will help ensure it can continue to carry out its great work.”

A piper welcomed finishers at the 21km line in Stronachlachar, before they were awarded wooden cookie medals. The whole event culminated with a barbecue, prize ceremony, and a trip on the Steamship Sir Walter Scott.

Carol Evans, Director of Woodland Trust Scotland, said: “We are very grateful for the marvellous support we have received from Golden Charter over all these years.

“We value everyone who supports our work but there is particular satisfaction when a single donation blossoms into a long-running relationship like this. Golden Charter is a terrific group of people to work with and we hope everyone enjoyed their day at Loch Katrine.”

Golden Charter donated more than £10,000 to numerous other charities last year, with money raised from football tournaments, bake sales, quiz nights and monthly dress-down days.

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