17th May 2016

Roche Diagnostics continues to support local Sussex charity, with over £1700 raised from Midnight Walk

BURGESS HILL, UK (17 May 2016) – On 14th May employees from local company, Roche Diagnostics, took part in a 10 mile walk around Eastbourne taking in the beautiful sights of Sovereign Harbour and the seafront at night. Now in its seventh year, the annual ladies only sponsored walk raises money for Chestnut Tree House, a Sussex based charity that provides specialist care to children and young adults with life-threatening illnesses.

Alison Lingard,  PA at Roche, said:

“It’s great to see so many people taking part in this year’s Midnight Walk. We all really enjoyed the walk and we are absolutely thrilled to have raised £1700 so far and we hope to raise even more”

Roche Diagnostics 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 of the year was voted for by Roche Diagnostics employees throughout UK and Ireland. The staff regularly put on a programme of fundraising events at their Burgess Hill office, as well as signing up individually for Chestnut Tree House’s programme of individual charity fundraising challenges to meet their fundraising goal.


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Notes to editor:

  • Roche Diagnostics UK is based in Burgess Hill and employs approximately 600 people across the UK and Ireland.
  • Roche Diagnostics have been based in Sussex for over 18 years.

For more information, please contact:

Juliet Scott – 01444 256922/ Juliet.scott@roche.com
Roche Diagnostics Press Office – 020 7054 9974 / roche@weareicg.com

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