WD in the Community
The team at WD is always up for a challenge and we love being able to take them on as part of helping charities local to Taunton. Take a look below at some of the weird and wonderful challenges we’ve taken part in over the past few years, and feel free to contact us if you would like to nominate a charity or particular challenge that you’d love to see the WD team take on!
WD Charity of the Year
St Margaret's Hospice Care
We’re thrilled to be supporting St Margaret’s Hospice Care in its 40th Anniversary year. With its specialist in-patient 24-hour unit in Taunton, the Hospice provides high-quality, compassionate care to local patients and their families coping with the struggles of life-limiting illness. In the last year, the team of 300 staff and 1,200 volunteers supported more than 4,900 people across Somerset.
St Margaret's Hospice Fire Walk - 5/3/2020
March 2020 saw the Walpole Dunn team participate in its most dangerous charity event to date – the St Margaret’s Hospice Fire Walk! On a chilly night at the Hospice centre in Taunton, we gathered with more than 50 other thrill seekers to test our nerves walking over wood and coals at temperatures reaching more than 500℃. Nerves really started growing when the event host attempted to demonstrate the effect of anticipation by breaking arrows with his neck, and the team was relieved to find that firewalking wasn’t half as scary as that looked and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The event raised over £10,000 for the Hospice, and we were thrilled to contribute over £900 in donations towards the total.
Stand Up for Cider
As Somerset locals, we were excited to continue our involvement in cider-based events and co-sponsor this year’s Stand Up for Cider competition, itself in its sixth year. The competition is open to up-and-coming comics and enables them to put their material to the test in front of a packed audience and alongside a professional headline act. The winners of each heat, as determined by the audience, meet in the Grand Final to crown King or Queen for the year.
WD Charity of the Year
Somerset Sight celebrated its centenary year in 2019 and we were delighted to join them for a number of events. The charity provides services, training and leisure activities that aim to help maintain independence and improve the quality of life of anyone affected by sight loss.
Dining in the Dark - 6/12/2019
A popular annual event in the Somerset Sight calendar, “Dining in the Dark” consisted of a two course meal eaten whilst wearing a blindfold – certainly an experience like no other! More than 100 attendees joined us at the picturesque Woodlands Castle in Taunton for an insightful evening learning of the difficulties that the visually-impaired live with on a daily basis. The food (or as much of it as we could find!) was accompanied by a round of fundraising games and a disco. We were delighted to provide the prize fund for the round of “Heads or Tails” – with Tony playing game show host!
100K Tandem Bike Ride - 1/6/2019
In June, we were delighted to be co-sponsors of the 100k Tandem Bike Ride, taking more than 60 cyclists on a round circuit starting at the charity’s HQ in Taunton and travelling across the Somerset Levels in the beaming sunshine. Cyclists included both those who are visually impaired and a number who are totalling blind. The event concluded with a hog roast and drinks in the Somerset Sight grounds for the brilliant cyclists and their supporters, and raised in excess of £2,500.
The Ciderthon #RunMilesDrinkCider - 5/5/2019
May 2019 saw some of the WD team – none of whom are regular runners! – take on the daunting Ciderthon, a half marathon with a fruity difference! Under the heat of the spring sun, the team ran (stumbled!) the 13.5 mile course, stopping at each mile checkpoint for a taste of a different local cider. With the remainder of the team bravely standing on the side lines, cheering from the comfort of a beer garden, the team crossed the line together in just under 3 hours. As well as being the event’s main sponsor, the runners raised £381.25 in aid of Somerset Sight.
WD Charity of the Year
Macmillan Cancer Support
Our first Charity of the Year was Macmillan Cancer Support, the national charity providing support to thousands of cancer sufferers and their families across the UK.
#GoSoberforOctober - October 2018
Our first foray into fundraising seemed like a good idea at the start… In October 2018 the entire WD team took part in Macmillan Cancer’s Go Sober for October challenge – a whole 31 days without a drop of the good stuff. Perhaps the less said the better. At least the £500.25 raised went some way towards masking the taste of the alcohol-free beer that our desperation had led us to try!