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Marathon brings charity cash

Staff from a Shropshire accountancy firm put their fitness to the test to raise vital cash for charity.

The team from Dyke Yaxley Chartered Accountants, in Old Potts Way, Shrewsbury, took part in a seven-hour badminton marathon and raised over £400 for The Alzheimer's Society.

Organiser Ian Middleton, who is a member of the firm's Tax Department, said the event was held at The Maurice Chandler Sports Centre, near Market Drayton.

"We were particularly grateful for the sport centre's support as they let us use the courts free of charge for our marathon, which meant all the money we raised could go towards our charity total.

"This is the second time we have organised this event, and this year 15 members of staff took part, which was a fantastic response.

"I'd like to thank everyone who joined in, and we're looking forward to planning next year's marathon already."

Dyke Yaxley Managing Director, Helen Thomas, said The Alzheimer's Society was the company's chosen charity for 2011.

"We have already organised several events to raise funds, and the badminton marathon was the latest in a series of activities that we hope will help us to raise an impressive total over the coming months.

"It's excellent to see so many of our staff taking part in these events, and the fund raising project is encouraging everyone to think of more and more unusual ways to boost our overall total."

Photo:  Some of the badminton team from Dyke Yaxley who raised over £400 for The Alzheimer's Society: back, from left, Simon Davies, Ian Middleton, Vincent Crean, Richard Lockwood, Amy Tanner, Pam Mason, Pat Evans, James Taylor and Simon Harris.  Front, Ian Brander and Sandra Evans.