Thursday, 23 September 2021

Romans’ record £53k for children’s hospice

STAFF at Romans have smashed their annual charity target and raised more than £53,000 for Alexander Devine Children’s

STAFF at Romans have smashed their annual charity target and raised more than £53,000 for Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.

Peter Coles, group managing director at Romans, said: “As a local business we feel strongly about giving back to our local communities and supporting the people who live here. Over the last few years we have set annual fundraising goals for the business and we’ve been amazed at the commitment and enthusiasm from employees across all departments.”

The money was raised through a combination of challenging and imaginative events, including marathons, go-karting, golf competitions, cycling events, bodybuilding, sponsored walks, colour runs, auctions, and even the Great Romans Bald Off whereby two very brave employees agreed to shave off all of their hair.

Charity co-founder Fiona Devine said: “The support of Romans is truly inspirational. Their passion, enthusiasm and dedication are fantastic and we are so grateful for everything they have done for us. We cannot thank them enough.

“Over the years we have developed a very special relationship which we heartily value. We use Romans’ model of support to motivate other corporates to enable our vision to become a reality. We really couldn’t do it without them!”

In September, estate agents from the Burnham, Windsor and Maidenhead offices took part in a sponsored 22.9-mile cycle along the River Thames from Henley to Windsor, raising £644.

And earlier in the year Kelly Elliott, area manager of property management at Romans, took part in a 5km Glow Run, raising £645.

Kelly said at the time: “We smashed our target of £500 and in spite of the terrible weather the run was so much fun. It was brilliant to complete it together as a team.”

Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service was set up by Berkshire parents John and Fiona Devine in memory of their eight-year-old son Alexander, who died after four years of treatment for a brain tumour.

The charity is building Berkshire’s first dedicated hospice for children with life-threatening illnesses. Work began in the autumn and is expected to take 16 to 18 months to complete.

If you’d like to get involved in helping the charity, pop into Romans’ Henley branch on Hart Street and ask for details.

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