Peter Duffy Limited celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2022. To mark the event, we launched a year of fundraising, with an ambitious goal of contributing to five local and national charities.

Throughout 2022, staff and suppliers took part in events and raffles, while a digital totalizer counted the donations.

Some of the events were endurance challenges, like the Yorkshire Trek, a 25 mile walk through North Yorkshire countryside. A couple of cycle challenges saw a team come together and support a 50 mile lap race at Thomas-a-Becket’s school track and the Water Aid cycle event which began at the Grimwith reservoir and covered 80 miles. Other, no less physical events, included the Pretty Muddy ‘fun’ run at Thornes Park, where an impressive team completed the route, although the team shirts didn’t fair so well.

The annual Golf Day had a slightly different format with suppliers making donations to enter their teams. Held at Hatfield Hall Golf Course and with a celebration dinner afterwards, participants continued to support the fundraising by taking part in additional challenges like, nearest put to the pin and by buying raffle tickets.

Other raffles were held at the head office and on site, with prizes being kindly donated by staff and local businesses. And no fundraiser would be authentic without cakes! A competitive Bake Off saw staff ‘rising’ to the challenge with their family recipes, secret ingredients and best Mary Berry attempts. The response was overwhelming, with some surprising entries from the directors.

All bakes were sold (and eaten) and funds added to the totalizer.

It has been very satisfying in the past couple of weeks being able to present our five charities; Wakefield Hospice, Cancer Research UK, The British Heart Foundation, WaterAid and The Lighthouse Trust with £4257.26 each.