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RPD walks 109 miles across the Downs in aid of The Springboard Project

Richard Place Dobson, Crawley based Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, have successfully walked 109 miles in aid of The Springboard Project. The walk not only raised money for this very worthwhile cause but also represented a milestone for RPD, as it is the number of years the Firm has been established.
The charity walk saw two RPD teams walk 54.5 miles each, with one team walking along the North Downs route and the other across the South Downs. Each team were joined by a purple giraffe soft toy to represent The Springboard Project’s mascot and were commissioned with a selfie challenge along the way. Photo requests included a selfie with a tandem, a person wearing wellies and even the team members acting out the YMCA with someone they met on route. The three day event ended on Saturday 16 September, with both teams walking the final three miles to the finish point at the Springboard Project House in Horsham, for a celebratory barbeque with friends and family.
The Springboard Project were chosen in April, as Richard Place Dobson’s Charity of the Year, and the Firm will continue to support them through other fundraising events until the end of March 2018. The Firm is thrilled to have already exceeded their £3,000 fundraising target set for the year, with just over £3,200 raised to date.

The Springboard Project provides inclusive leisure and play opportunities for families with young children, including those with disabilities, with centres based in both Horsham and Crawley. Currently the charity supports more than 450 families a year plus a further 262 more disabled children and teenagers with their short breaks groups. The funds raised will provide valuable support for the ongoing running costs of the charity, which has just celebrated its 25th year.

Matthew Tyson, Director at Richard Place Dobson, said: “Even with many pairs of sore feet, the whole team really enjoyed walking for such a fantastic cause and we’re pleased to have gone beyond our fundraising goal with time to spare. It’s amazing what a little purple giraffe can do to get complete strangers to make donations!”

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