Kent-science-park-charity-dayKent Science Park (KSP) tenants have been taking time out of their busy schedules to raise money for charity. On Friday 21st March, both AbBaltis and AmicusHorizon held events to raise money for two charities – Macmillan Cancer Support and Sport Relief.

In the morning, AbBaltis held a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support – a leading charity providing practical, medical and financial support for people with cancer.  They raised over £130 by selling a selection of homemade cakes and coffees from their in-house ‘barista’.

In the evening, AmicusHorizon recruited over 100 volunteers from within their Response team to take donation calls for Sport Relief – raising money for people living tough lives at home and abroad. The call centre team also joined in the fun and games of the evening by holding a raffle, playing games and baking cakes in the name of Sport Relief. Altogether, they raised £2,110 and manned 50 phone lines between 18:30 and midnight.

AmicusHorizon were supported in their efforts by a number of local businesses, including those based at KSP, who provided raffle prizes and sponsorship for the evening. Cucumber Catering, who are based on the Park, supported both events by donating a large sponge cake to the Macmillan Coffee morning and cupcakes to keep the AmicusHorizon volunteers going throughout the night.

Rebecca Tracy, who organised the evening at AmicusHorizon, explained why they got involved, “Amicus Horizon is a housing association that makes homes and helps people, so it seemed only natural that we would get involved with Sport Relief. We wanted to give something back, and it seemed fitting to do what we do best – take phone calls! I would like to thank everyone who supported us and of course, the volunteers who took part. The whole evening was a huge success and I’m proud to say we helped make a difference for Sport Relief.”

James Speck, Site Director at Kent Science Park, commented, “It is wonderful to see so many of our tenants organising these charitable initiatives. It brings out the sense of community on the Park and demonstrates the supportive nature of the people based here. The coffee morning was packed with people working on KSP and AmicusHorizon sourced some excellent raffle prizes from local businesses. The money that was raised will really make a difference to the selected charities and I am thrilled that both of the events were so successful.”

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