We’re supporting KIDS

Cathedral is supporting the amazing charity, KIDS. This incredible organisation works with disabled children, young people and their families across England.


Their vision is for a world in which all disabled children and young people realise their aspirations and their right to an inclusive community which supports them and their families. They provide specialist nurseries, creches and playgrounds for disabled children, youth groups and short breaks for young disabled people as well as providing all important support for families and siblings. You can find out more about KIDS here.


KIDS is a charity close to our heart. In August 2011, our very own Alex Phillips and his wife Alice welcomed their daughter Maeve into the world under difficult circumstances. Due to Maeve’s complicated delivery, the doctors told Alex and Alice that their daughter would be severely disabled – a prognosis that thousands of parents around the UK hear every year. Miraculously Maeve has made incredible progress and is now developing normally despite her difficult start, but her outcome has only made her family more determined to support those who haven’t been so fortunate. We hope you’ll join us in supporting KIDS.

Alex, Alice and Maeve

Our aim as a company is to raise £100,000 for KIDS. We are already underway with our fundraising efforts having raised £32,680 to date through a number of personal challenges and events. Our first group of runners completed the British 10k around central London in October 2012. A massive well done to Arlene, Sarah, Becca, Alex, James and Rob Sloper who all completed the course in around one hour.

Becca, Sarah, Alex, Sofia, James and Fergus all took part in various marathons over the last year including completing the Brighton and London courses. Together they raised an incredible £11,685 towards our target. We are very proud of our marathon marvels who took on such a daunting challenge – congratulations to you all on your brilliant achievements and fantastic fundraising.

In July 2012 Rob Barton took part in the notoriously gruelling Tough Guy challenge, the Nettle Warrior, near Wolverhampton. It’s an exhausting 12 mile assault course featuring insane challenges at height, in mud and through water with delights such as underwater caverns, high wire cargo nets and electric prods. 

And if that wasn’t enough punishment, Rob also took part in the Hadrian’s Wall Challenge in September 2012. 7 men started the challenge. Only Rob and one other completed the 84 mile gruelling walk which took them 36 hours starting on a Friday at midnight and finishing at 10am on Sunday morning with no sleep. 

In November 2012 Arlene and Susan took on the challenge of organising a brilliant Quiz Night for Cathedral friends and family including an auction of donated prizes. The evening was hosted by Emma B of Radio One, Heart and Smooth Radio fame and, as well as bringing out the competitive side in us all, raised over £7,000. A brilliant night!

Our chief executive Richard Upton has been on a bit of a mission to raise money including a couple of gruelling cycling challenges and offering to dye his hair pink. He raised £4,690 he raised for KIDS. We’ve become bike enthusiasts in the office with Richard, Tony, Nick and John all taking part in cycling challenges including Richard cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End and Tony, Nick and John taking in the sights of the ride from London to Paris. Their time on the saddle has raised around £4k and resulted in rather sore…..legs.

Becca and Sarah are two talented baking extraordinaries who are on a cake making mission for KIDS. They can make any sort of cake for any occasion and will be donating all proceeds to KIDS. If you need a cake please feel free to contact Sarah here. Here is a beautiful birthday cake they made recently for Gavin’s lovely wife, a chocolate sponge topped with delicious white chocolate and berries.

We’ve got a lot more up our sleeves to raise money for this worthy charity. We’ll be keeping this page updated will all the latest fundraising efforts and events as well as a running total of what we raise. 


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