Golden Charter raises £1m for the Woodland Trust

A charity fundraising event has helped Golden Charter, the UK’s leading funeral plan provider, reach a fundraising total of £1m for the Woodland Trust.

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, which took place on Saturday.

Ronnie Wayte, Chief Executive of Glasgow-based 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 money raised from this event has helped us reach the million pound mark.

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

A piper was on hand to welcome finishers at the 21km line in Stronachlachar, before they were awarded wooden cookie medals and treated to massages for their tired limbs. The whole event culminated with a celebratory barbecue, prizegiving, and 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 are a terrific group of people to work with and we hope everyone enjoyed their day at Loch Katrine.”

Golden Charter donated in excess of £10,000 to numerous other charities last year, with money raised through activities such as football tournaments, bake sales, quiz nights and monthly dress down days.

If you would like to donate, visit the Golden Challenge JustGiving page by visiting https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/woodlandtrust/goldenchallenge.