21 March 2018

During 2017 Haberman Ilett raised £7,000 for our chosen charity, the Ian Hutcheon Clinic for Children.  This charity was founded by the parents of our own Nathan Choudhury and is dedicated to improving the hearing outcomes of children in developing countries.

Now, over a year on, we reflect on an incredible year of fundraising, with amazing individual efforts as well as group fundraising events.  Highlights include:

  • Our annual bike challenge: members of the Haberman Ilett team raised over £1,800 by taking on a virtual stage of the Tour de France in 15 minute slots, with Frank Ilett and Graham Nunns completing the challenge on a second bike (cycling a gruelling 6 hours and 3 hours respectively);
  • Sophie’s marathon: smashing her own (although not everyone else’s) expectations, Sophie Baillie completed the London Marathon in 3 hours 14 minutes and raised over £1,450;
  • Kevin’s Iron Distance Triathlon: ignoring the entire office’s misgivings, Kevin Davey triumphed in completing the Cotswold 226 (being a 3.8km swim, 112 mile cycle finished with a 26 mile run) in an impressive 11 hours and 53 minutes and raising over £1,350;
  • The Haberman Ilett Cake Sale: members of our team channelled their inner Mary Berry and produced a wondrous variety of cakes and other baked goods for sale in the City Tower building, raising over £650; and
  • Frank’s Prudential Ride: starting at 5.45am, Frank Ilett completed a gruelling 100 mile ride from Surrey to London, raising over £550.

The money raised is being spent on the prevention of, and early intervention against, hearing loss to aid speech and language development, social integration and educational achievement (please visit their website for more information).

We look forward to continuing our efforts for our chosen charity for 2018, the David Hoyle Foundation.  Founded in memory of David Hoyle, a social scientist who devoted his life to protecting African forests and natural ecosystems, the foundation will look to support educational and environmental projects in Nguti in Cameroon, the home village of David’s widow Marceline, which adopted David as one of its own when he lived and worked there (please visit their website for more information).