The generosity of the people of Croydon, while never in doubt, has been confirmed with figures released by charity fundraising website JustGiving.
In 2014, more than 13 million people raised £358m for 13,000 worthy causes around the world using the website.
And the amount of money raised by Croydon donors was such that it placed the borough in the top 3% of JustGiving fundraisers – in the world.
Croydon Heart Town – the campaign run by the council in partnership with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) – mobilised council staff and the community with an impressive 49 opportunities for people to make a donation, the money raised totalling more than £26,000.
That sum includes £23,455.55 from more than 410 donations for the efforts of 16 plucky staff members who entered the Croydon Council Ben Nevis charity challenge that saw them climbing the mountain, cycling 32 miles and kayaking 1.5 miles.
Other Heart Town fund-raising events included:
- Ramp Up the Red
- Table tennis marathon• Stairwell challenge
- London-to-Brighton bike ride
- Barclays Premier League Trophy photo opportunity
“This is a tremendous achievement, underlining the spirit and generosity of the people of Croydon.
“To make the top 3% of donations in the world is truly remarkable and I take my hat off to everybody who took part in the events, and to all those who dug into their pockets to offer financial help to those in need.”
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council
Croydon Council and NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group remain focused on tackling heart disease in the borough.
February is National Heart Month and donations to the BHF can be made via Croydon Heart Town. Text CHTT58, with the amount, to 70070 or visit www.justgiving.com/croydonhearttown
Photos for all these events can be found at www.flickr.com/photos/116352373@N07