Bottomline Technologies are top for charity fundraising
August 15, 2012
Work is starting on a much-needed pavilion for a therapeutic gardening project, thanks to the muscle power of a high-tech company.
Since June last year, staff at Bottomline Technologies have cycled, run, walked and swam their way to more than £10,000 for the Ridgeline Trust.
This has meant more than just a huge windfall for the Reading charity. It has been able to secure grants off the back of the fundraising and now hopes are high it will turn the first sod to launch the building work at the trust’s open day on Sunday, September 23.
Secretary Graham Johnson said: “We are delighted. We started fundraising about three-and-a-half years ago and thought we would just about manage a secondhand [portable building].
“Then the people from Bottomline came to see us last June and since then it’s been a hectic year – the Bottomline folk have been so energetic, it’s been difficult to keep pace with them.”
Bottomline, which has its European offices in Chatham Street, provides electronic payment systems.
It is also committed to helping in the community where it can and staff have gone more than the extra mile to help Ridgeline.
Under its Winning for the Community campaign, around 20 staff got on their bikes to travel to and from work on Cycle to Work Day – and the rest of the week – in June last year. Ian Bamber pedalled 34 miles from his home in Andover each day.
A wetsuited crew from the company swam the equivalent of an English Channel crossing, but closer to home, Andrew Scarborough, the company’s head of information systems, kick-started the effort by swimming 14km along the Thames, from the Leander Club in Henley to Marlow Bridge. The rest of the Channel distance was made up of Andrew and colleagues doing laps of the lake at Reading Lake Hotel in Pingewood.
Bottomline employees set the bar high again when they pledged to pound 3,000 miles of pavement.
Some signed up for the Reading Half Marathon and managing director Nigel Savory oversaw regular training days. Over the past nine months they have walked the distance of the Ridgeway Trail – 87 miles – and they will finish the last lap on Sunday. They plan to end up at the therapeutic garden, at the corner of Whiteknights Road and Hamilton Road, for a celebratory barbecue.
The wildlife garden project helps people with mental and physical disabilities regain lost skills, learn new ones and rebuild confidence.
The planned £45,000 building will give them toilets and facilities for the disabled, a meeting room, a kitchen area and a verandah. At the moment, the only shelter there is a polytunnel.