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All pulling together to bring in charity cash

Malvern Editorial 5th Nov, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A TEAM from a Ledbury firm raised more than £4,000 for St Richard’s Hospice which helped their late former colleague.

The staff at Jaga Heating Products took on the Paddle, Plod and Pedal Challenge in memory of Paul Kingswell, a commercial manager at the company who passed away at the hospice in February last year.

The test of endurance saw teams from all over Worcestershire paddle by twin canoe from Pershore to Tewkesbury, then walk to Kempsey and then cycle back to Pershore.

A total pot of more than £12,000 has now been collected for the July event including £4,800 from Team Jaga.

HR manager Joyce Skelton said: “We wanted to support the hospice to recognise the compassionate care that Paul received at the end of his life.

“Despite the apocalyptic weather the team had a great time competing in this challenge.

“It was stretching but we felt that we all pulled together and were raising money for a very worthwhile cause.”

Jodi Brandwood from St Richard’s Hospice added: “The Paddle, Plod and Pedal is no easy feat at the best of times and this year, for the majority of the day, the weather decided to go against us.

“For a few participants, this was the first time they had ever taken part in anything like this and to finish with beaming smiles in the very welcome sunshine was fantastic to see.

“The team spirit that shone through on an otherwise grey day was amazing.

“All four teams taking part this year have done an incredible job with their fund-raising and we are extremely proud of them.”

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