Lovell and West Norfolk Council to hold 24-hour charity challenge in memory of colleague

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Leading housing developer, Lovell, has joined forces with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk to host a 24-hour track challenge event at Alive Lynnsport in King’s Lynn to raise funds for charity.

Starting at 1pm on Friday 23rd September and finishing at 1pm on Saturday 24th September 2022, team members from Lovell and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk will be taking it in turns to walk or run for 30 minutes.

Money raised will be split between Norfolk Hospice Tapping House and The Fire Fighters Charity. A target of £2,000 has been set with Lovell also donating funds for every kilometre covered during the event.

The event is being held in tribute to Alan Gillings, Clerk of Works at the council, who passed away earlier this year at Tapping House aged 72. 

In June Lovell and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk held a charity football match at The Nest to raise funds for the two charities in Alan’s name.

Michael Saunders, operations manager at Lovell who has organised the 24 hour event in conjunction with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, said: “We wanted to raise funds for charities chosen by Alan’s family and also use this as an opportunity to get people together for team building and to get outdoors and do something positive for charity. At Lovell, we have staff from all departments taking part. We are still looking for a few more to sign-up too.” 

James Grant, principal project manager for the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, said: “The award-winning partnership between King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council and Lovell Partnerships is truly unique, both within the borough and in the construction industry. The manner in which we collaborate each day to deliver much-needed housing, but also come together outside of work to raise money for charity and undertake other projects to benefit our communities, is something that the borough team is incredibly proud of. This joint running event, to raise money in the memory of our much loved and respected colleague – Alan Gillings – will be the highlight of this year’s event calendar and whilst a huge challenge will be something we proudly complete together.”

A Just Giving page has been set up for the two charities with donations welcome. Click here to donate.

The Fire Fighters Charity provides life-enhancing services to the fire and rescue community, and its support programmes include rehabilitation, recuperation, psychology and nursing.

The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House is an independent charity committed to providing outstanding care for people living with life-shortening illnesses and to their carers, family and friends including bereavement support. 

Lovell has a 105-home development, Nar Valley Park, at Nar Ouse in King’s Lynn, built in conjunction with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk. With a mix of 37 homes available for open market and the remainder being affordable, shared ownership or private rented sale.