19/12/13 The Markerstudy Group 10K - Local company raises money for charity

Known for putting ‘the fun in insurance’, Markerstudy Group, which has its headquarters in Bessels Green, recently celebrated its rapid growth and achievements over the last year with its second annual ‘Markerstudy Day’, raising more than £10,000 for charity.

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Nearly 2,000 Markerstudy Group employees from Auto Windscreens to Zenith Insurance threw themselves into the spirit of the day. TCW Group, which has Kent branches in Tonbridge and Canterbury, held an online auction for staff, raising nearly £4,000 for the children's cancer unit at Southampton General Hospital. The lots up for grabs were donated by the company’s suppliers and partners and included an iPhone 5Cs, iPad Air, Playstation 4 and a stay at a luxury hotel.

Across the country, including Tunbridge Wells and Bessels Green, and as far afield as Gibraltar, employees arrived at their places of work dressed in onesies, as big screen icons and fictional characters. Staff arranged cake sales, bake-offs, indoor golf putting tournaments, ‘Wacky Races’ style virtual cycle rides and set new world records for timed activities including ‘count to 25 with a toothpaste moustache’ and ‘drink a can of Pepsi through a straw’.

The marketing team in Tunbridge Wells turned heads by taking a trip on the Santa Express land train the company has brought to the town this year, dressed as stage and screen icons and ran quizzes and games in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Employees raised funds for good causes around the UK including Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Sussex and Joshua Battling Cancer – for an inspirational little boy suffering from leukaemia in Birmingham.

Lizzie Smith-Foreman, Head of Group Marketing and Communications, said:  “We’ve had a phenomenal 2013, which began with being placed 18th in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For and continued with winning Employer of the Year and Large Business of the Year at the Kent Excellence in Business Awards. Markerstudy Day is dedicated to ending the year on a high and celebrating our growth and success as a group. It’s the perfect way to thank all our staff for their hard work and raise money for good causes at the same time. In true Markerstudy style, everyone threw themselves into the day and truly put the ‘fun’ into fundraising!”

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