16th June 2016

Burgess Hill biotech employees walk for Sussex charity

BURGESS HILL, UK (16 June 2016) – Employees from Burgess Hill-based biotech Roche walked four miles around their home town to raise money for children.

The donations raised from the day, when dozens of employees wearing tabards in the distinctive bright blue Roche brand colour streamed through the town, brings the total of charity fundraising to more than £18,000.

Money raised will be shared between children's initiatives in more than 90 communities across the world and the Chestnut Tree House, a Sussex-based charity that provides specialist care to children and young adults with life-threatening illnesses.  All money collected by Roche employees during the annual Children's Walk initiative is matched by Roche.

Christopher Parker, Managing Director from Brighton, said: “Roche has a long tradition of supporting charities and the UK and Ireland team have always proven that these values are alive and well in our organisation.  Congratulations to all the participants this year for the tremendous support shown locally and internationally. “

Nicola King, PA at Roche, from Lancing said: “It’s great to see so many people taking part in this year’s Children’s Walk. We all really enjoyed the walk and we are absolutely thrilled to have raised so much money for Chestnut Tree House” 

Roche is continuing its programme to support the Sussex community following a successful year of fundraising over £15,000 in 2015 for Chestnut Tree House. The money raised will support the hospice’s mission to provide care and support for children with life-shortening illnesses, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes across East and West Sussex.

The charity was voted for by Roche employees throughout UK and Ireland. The staff regularly put on fun fundraising events such as table tennis competitions and summer fun days, as well as signing up individually for Chestnut Tree House’s programme of individual charity fundraising challenges.

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Notes to editor:

  • Roche is the world’s largest biotech company. Roche Diagnostics and Roche Diabetes Care’s UK headquarters is based in Burgess Hill and employs approximately 800 people.  
  • Roche Children’s Walk 2016 Building a better tomorrow, today

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