Tong Garden Centre raises ?3.5k for Candlelighters charity

by | Sep 24, 2018 | Independents, News | 0 comments

Kind-hearted staff at Tong Garden Centre have completed a 16 mile walk to raise funds for a Leeds charity.
The 12 colleagues from Tong are on track to raise over ?3,500 for Candlelighters.
It took the group six and a half hours to complete the walk. Marketing Assistant Pete Casci was delighted with the anticipated amount raised.

Tong support invaluable to Candlelighters

He said: “We’re over the moon that we have almost doubled our target, smashing the initial ?2,000 that we set ourselves.
“It was a fun but very challenging 16 mile walk. There were a few aching muscles the next day, but none of that matters because it was a great day out with fabulous colleagues. It was all to help children with cancer – so it’s more than worth it!”
Brian Curran from Candlelighters is delighted with Tong’s support: “Tong’s support is invaluable. Last year, we embarked on a special project to renovate a property. It is for families whose children are being treated at Leeds Children’s Hospital.
“We need to raise ?600,000 to realise our dream. It’s a place where families can be near their children as they battle against childhood cancer.”
The team at Tong aims to raise ?10,000 for Candlelighters in 2018 through a series of fund-raising events and collection boxes at the tills. Earlier in the year, Tong’s Managing Director Mark Farnsworth led a team of cyclists to complete the Tour de Yorkshire challenge. They raised ?3,400 for the charity.
To support the Tong team’s charity walk, please visit
The Candlelighters Trust is Yorkshire’s pre-eminent children’s cancer charity. It provides practical, emotional and financial support to children with cancer in Yorkshire. It also supports their families.

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