Cycling Santas at Pound Gates raise more than £6000 for EACH
14th December 2012
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ON the 9th December, 25 of our staff, family and colleagues cycled 25 miles dressed as Santas. To date we have raised over £6,000 through personal and corporate donations including £1,000 donated from Pound Gates. Our staff also generously donated presents of DVDs, CDs, toys and games for the EACH Treehouse hospice, which were delivered by the Santas on the day.

Kevin Collins, managing director and a cycling Santa said “We are delighted at how much we have raised for EACH and while a little sore and cold after the 25 mile route, it was great to spend time at the Treehouse and see the wonderful staff and facilities we are supporting”.

Vanessa Bell, fundraiser for EACH, said “We are all so grateful for the great effort by the staff at Pound Gates. Our care team and children couldn’t be happier to have received dozens of presents donated by the team and the money will go to support hundreds of families when it is needed most”

You can find out more and make a donation by visiting:

About Pound Gates

Pound Gates is a commercial insurance broker based in St Vincent House, Ipswich. We were established in 1988 and celebrate our 25th year in business in 2013. We employ over 25 people.

As well as being a prominent East Anglia insurance broker for businesses in this area there are a number of business sectors in which we specialise and are pre-eminent. These sectors include children’s day nurseries, independent schools and academies, removal and self-storage companies. In these sectors we handle clients from across the UK. We are the insurance broker for the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce business insurance scheme and the insurance sponsor for the Suffolk Institute of Directors (IOD). Pound Gates sister company Sevatas, also owned by Kevin Collins, is Europe’s leading provider of risk management, claims and damage reduction solutions to car manufacturers (for cars that get damaged in transit between manufacturing point and dealer delivery). As well as Ipswich and other UK locations Sevatas has operations in the Netherlands, Russia and Germany. Sevatas staff also participated in the Santa Cycle.

About East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH)

EACH support families and care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. They provide care and support wherever the family wishes – in families’ own homes, in the community or at one of their hospices in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham. Their care teams help children and their families with the emotional and physical challenges they face, helping them to make the most of life. EACH continue to develop the quality and range of services to support families, including: • Day care in the family home or hospice, or both • Overnight breaks in the hospice, including families to stay if you wish • Support for children & young people (inc. siblings) and parents & grandparents • Symptom management support and advice • Emergency 24-hour telephone support • Therapies – music, occupational, hydro, massage and physio • Specialist play • Spiritual care Families can choose which parts of the service they use.

Contact details For more information about the Santa Cycle and about Pound Gates and our products and services please contact:

Rob Thacker, Chartered Insurance Broker Director, Telephone: 01473 346019 Email: Web:

Rob Appleton, Marketing Manager, Telephone: 01473 346009 Email: Web:

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Kevin Barber

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Ipswich word of mouth specialist, promotes and markets the best businesses in Ipswich. Passionately supporting local businesses, organisations and events

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