Archant employees have raised almost £11,000 for good causes in the last six months and the Archant Gold staff matched funding scheme has doubled the charity cash raised by them all.

Shaun Lowthorpe, publishing editor (business) in Norfolk, pictured above, ran his first marathon in Edinburgh on May 31 and raised £752 for the Bowel Cancer Screening Unit at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital which successfully treated his father.

Nick Gill, reporter with The Comet and Royston Crow, ran the London Marathon, completing it for the first time in 4:08:59. Two years earlier he had attempted the feat but collapsed from dehydration. Needless to say he was relieved to cross the line. He also organised a quiz night and raffle to raise extra funds for the St John Ambulance and raised a total of £1,434.

Kelly Grant, (pictured top) from the Agricultural Trader sales team in Barnstaple, took part in the Bath Half Marathon to raise £900 for CLIC Sargent on behalf of her manager’s sister who has had the best care from CLIC nurses and CLIC House in Bristol.

Sarah Howells, from the North Devon Gazette editorial team, participated in a 5km Rock Solid obstacle race which was filled with thick mud, walls, haystacks, ice baths and more! She raised £194 for Amigos Worldwide; a charity which helps train young disadvantaged Ugandans in vocational skills.

Stephanie Drury, from Marketing & Promotions at Sussex Life, planned a Spinathon in aid of Starlight after the charity helped make some wishes come true for her friend’s 10-year-old daughter Daisy who has an inoperable brain tumour. Stephanie raised a magnificent £4,000.

Melissa Spiers, from the Agricultural Trader advertising team in Barnstaple, abstained from drinking for the whole of January and raised £75 for Cancer Research UK.

Developer Stephanie Lee,  (above) from Archant Information Systems, raised £195 for the Little Princess Trust by having 10″ of her very long hair cut off. The Trust uses the hair to make wigs for children who have lost their own hair following cancer treatment.

Natalie Sadler, Suffolk digital editor, is the Unit Leader for 1st Witham Newlands Rangers. Natalie raised a total of £711 by organising and hosting a quiz and raffle for 60 people and also a charity meal and raffle to raise money towards the Rangers’ Wellies and Wristbands trip planned for August.

Laura Stringer, from the Archant Dialogue client services team, organised a Valentine-themed cake sale at Prospect House in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity – Andrew Stringer Fund and raised £272.

Terry Mitchinson, Welwyn Hatfield Times editor, raised £355 by participating in the first-ever Isabel Hospice Firewalk.

Matt Casburn, from the Newspaper Sales team in Ipswich, ran the London Marathon for Ormiston Families and raised £1,728.

Having volunteered for Voluntary Service Overseas in 2010-2011,Hannah Al-Othman, (Left) from the Ham & High editorial team, ran the London Marathon for the charity and raised £1,170.