From our annual Golf Classic to glittering balls and thought-provoking sleep-outs, Discovery Park does all it can to support charitable causes, including our official charity of the year.

Your simPal is our main charity for 2017, an amazing new service which connects people living with cancer. There’s more detail on their work in the list of stories below.

They follow on from homeless charity Porchlight in 2016 and Pilgrims Hospices in 2015, successfully raising thousands of pounds and awareness of some amazing local projects.

Whether it’s organising fundraising events, donating surplus furniture to local schools, or providing support to charity events organised by tenants here on site, we try to help wherever we can.

Discovery Park sponsor annual Crocus Walk

Discovery Park were the main sponsor for this year’s annual Crocus Walk – and joined in with more than 140 other people to hike from Walmer to St Margaret’s Bay.

The walk has already raised £2,000 for the charity, which is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity.

For the first time, everyone who completed the walk received a medal and – in another element to the event – walkers were tasked with finding pink pebbles which had been dropped along the route.

Kimberley Anderson, Corporate Relations Manager at Discovery Park, said: “It’s been great to support the Crocus Walk in aid of Breast Cancer Now, raising nearly £2,000 for a fantastic cause. Even though there was rain, and lots of hills to negotiate, everyone kept encouraging one another with a smile on their face. It’s great to see the community come together for events like this.”

Kerry Rubins said: “It was a truly special day with lots of new walkers that took part. We had walkers from Stoke Mandeville, Ashford, Whitstable, London, Tunbridge Wells, along with lots of locals.”

On Your Bike – Cycling for You Can charity

Discovery Park will be cycling the Viking Coastal Trail in aid of the You Can Youth Cancer Support charity next month.

On Sunday, 13 May, all those taking part will pedal a total of 32 miles around one of the most attractive circular cycle routes in Kent – taking in the coast of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, before heading inland through the surrounding villages.

The money raised will go to the You Can charity and their holiday home, Hinton House in Westgate-on-Sea, which offers young people an opportunity to enjoy a break with their family down on the coast. It’s precious time to spend together away from the day to day stresses of living with cancer.

The ride will start at 8.30am and will incorporate a number of stops along the way. Challenging, scenic and great fun for all abilities, the entry fee is £20 and requires a minimum fundraising target of £50.

For more information, and to enter, please visit: www.youcan.org.uk/youcan-ride

James Tredwell Testimonial 2017

Discovery Park were delighted to support this great day of community cricket organised by Sandwich Town Cricket Club.

The event held at the Dynamic Butts ground in Sandwich, included a Champagne Moment – sponsored by Discovery Park – awarded to Zack Fagg for his spectacular catch.

Jack Fagg, winner of the Discovery Park Champagne Moment of the Day for his spectacular catch at the Sandwich Cricket Club organised testimonial event.

Charity Golf Day 2017

Discovery Park’s annual charity golf day brought companies from across the site together once again for a day of good natured competition, in aid of an amazing local cause.

The event took place on Thursday, 20 July, at Prince’s Golf Club in Sandwich, with 12 teams tee-ing for victory on the famous championship course, in aid of Your simPal, Discovery Park’s charity of the year.

Read the full story in our news section.

Team Mylan, winners of the Discovery Park Golf Classic.

Young mascot designer is leader of the pack

Louise Crean had the perfect end of term present to begin the summer holidays with her classmates at Sandwich Junior School joining in the fun after winning a charity mascot competition supported by Discovery Park,

The youngster’s colourful tortoise design is the new mascot for Your simPal, the charity service which keeps people living with cancer and their families connected.

Read the full story in our news section.

Louise Crean (centre) with representatives from Discovery Park, Custom Toys UK and Your simPal

Discovery Park selects simPal as its charity of the year

Discovery Park is delighted to announce that simPal – the innovative mobile phone service that keeps people living with and affected by cancer, connected with friends and family –  is our 2017 charity of the year.

The charity’s aim is to help lessen the social isolation, loneliness and financial pressure  felt by many when affected and living with cancer. simPal provides these people with free calls, texts and data, and a mobile phone, if required.

Read the full story in our news section.

Big Sleep Out 2016

Discovery Park spent a night under the stars in aid of Kent homeless charity, Porchlight with sponsorship from the event helping to raise more than £10,000.

The Big Sleep Out took place on Friday, 14 October 2016 in the comparative luxury of the recently refurbished Gateway Courtyard, but with few home comforts, giving those braving the chill an insight into life on the streets.

Read the full story in our news section.

Martha Trust Prom

In 2016 we sponsored The Martha Trust Prom, a glittering event held in the grounds of The Salutation in Sandwich, that raised thousands of pounds for a great cause.

The Martha Trust provides lifelong care for those with learning and physical disabilities. Guests were treated to a host of local musicians plus family activities. Fundraising activities included a tombola and a charity auction.

Find out more about the Martha Trust.

Supporting Martha Trust

Supporting Pilgrims Hospice

In 2015, Discovery Park raised nearly £40,000 for Thanet’s Pilgrims Hospice.

Events throughout the year culminated in a charity ball, raising a fantastic amount.

The money raised helped to achieve a target of funding a nurse for a year.

To find out more about Pilgrims Hospice, visit: www.pilgrimshospices.org 

Charity Gala for Pilgrims Hospice

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