Severn Trent Trust Fund ends 2017 raising over £7,000 for WaterAid

As the end of the year approaches, Severn Trent Trust Fund look back at the fundraising activities completed since April to raise money for WaterAid.

In case you missed it, Severn Trent Trust Fund turned 20 years old in April of this year. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, the team embarked on a year of fundraising. The aim was to complete 20 Charity Challenges by April 2018, with the goal of raising £20,000 for WaterAid. A variety of challenges were completed, which ranged from baking and raffles to completing a tough mudder style challenge and even jumping out of a plane.

So April began with teams from Auriga Services and Severn Trent Water taking part in a Water themed bake off. There was a variety of cakes baked and decorated, which were judged on taste and appearance. The cakes were sold internally raising £140.

Next up was the first of the physical activities where a team of 17 participated in the 10k Great Midlands Fun Run. The run took the team around the royal town of Sutton Coldfield, challenging them to the infamous ‘Cardiac Hill’ raising over £1,000.

Not content with running 10k, four members from Auriga Services’ Marketing team bravely agreed to a skydiving challenge in September, freefalling from 13,000 feet in the air. They raised a staggering £2,000 between them.

October was a busy month of activities and challenges, including a team of 10 taking on the Tough Sh!t, 10k assault course. This was completed in just under 2 hours and raised £1,000.

Mark Abrams, Auriga Services CEO, took to the high seas with a team of 6 aboard as they aimed to sail 251 miles over the course of 5 days. Not only were the team successful in completing their challenge but they raised £795 along the way.

The last of October’s activities was a Charity Quiz Night and Auction hosted by Severn Trent Trust Fund at the Royal Hotel in Sutton Coldfield. The night was a great success with 10 teams participating in the quiz, raffle and auction. A huge £1,500 was raised.

November began with a team of 4 swimming 20,000 metres over the course of a week. Although physically challenging, the team raised over £200 in the process.

The last of the challenges for 2017 was completed in December where a team of volunteers cycled their way to meet 200km target over two days. The challenge took place at the Gracechurch Shopping Centre, Sutton Coldfield on two static bikes. The target was exceeded, doubling the distance cycled which was a fantastic achievement.  Generous donations from Sutton Coldfield shoppers and works mean that £540 was raised.

Reflecting over the year, Carol Arnold, Commercial Director said “It has been a great year of fundraising and a brilliant way to celebrate Severn Trent Trust Fund’s 20th Anniversary. We have been able to raise a lot of money so far for WaterAid and this will continue as we move into the new year with more challenges to achieve.”

To keep up to date with what we have planned in the new year and to find out how you can support us as we continue to raise money for WaterAid UK you can do so here.

Severn Trent Trust Fund are aiming to raise £20,000 for WaterAid by April 2018. WaterAid are helping the world’s poorest communities to transform their lives with clean water. One in ten people do not have access to safe water and one in three do not have access to a decent toilet.

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