ABC 2012 Challenge raises nearly £25,000 for charity

28 February, 2013

Presentation of cheque to Phoenix by ABC. L-R: Peter Martinez & Carolyn Cripps OBE

Cripps Sears and its fundraising vehicle, ABC were delighted this weekend to be able to donate the £24,730.15 raised through the ABC 2012 Challenge to the Phoenix Burns Project.

The presentation of the cheque was made by Mike Cripps and Laura Gaze of Cripps Sears, Carolyn Cripps OBE and Phil Loader of Mubadala, to Peter Martinez, Chairman of Phoenix.

Participants of the ABC Challenge with Peter Martinez, Chairman of the Phoenix Burns Project (2nd right). ABC Challengers (L-R): Phil Loader (Mubadala), Laura Gaze & Mike Cripps (Cripps Sears) and Carolyn Cripps OBE.

Formally established in 2006 in response to the devastating physical and social consequences of burn injuries to children of the Western Cape, the Phoenix Burns Project (“Phoenix”) helps to facilitate the physical and social rehabilitation of burns victims, through raising awareness and contributing to burn prevention initiatives. Phoenix works closely with the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, with the ultimate goal of establishing and running a dedicated Burns Rehabilitation Centre for children.

Peter was delighted to represent Phoenix at the celebration and highlighted the story of one girl in particular whose plight has touched so many associated with ABC. Michelle Motibi, who’s story has been picked up by the South African Media, suffered burns to 86% burns of her body. Those who took part in the ABC 2012 challenge in November last year met Michelle and learnt about her shocking but truly incredible and story. She grew particularly attached to one of our Bikers when they met at the burns unit of the Red Cross Children’s memorial hospital in Cape Town, and now, thanks in part to the donations of supporters like ABC, has now been placed in a new home and school with the skills and experience necessary to support her evolving needs as she grows.

L-R: Tom Isobe (Cripps Sears) & Michelle Motibi (Burns victim – Childrens’ Red Cross Memorial hospital, Cape Town)

Find out more about the Phoenix Burns Project here.

How Cripps Sears & Partners is Helping The Victims Of The Grenfell Tower Fire

Cripps Sears and Partners are committed to supporting others, both in our community and beyond. After the dreadful event of the Grenfell Tower Fire, the team are raising funds and donations, further to the contribution we as a company have already made, to go to those who have been affected by this tragic event.

Cripps Sears has a long standing relationship with The Phoenix Burns Trust in South Africa, a charity that supports children who have suffered burn injuries in township fires. We hold numerous fund raising events in this regard throughout the year e.g. our annual Hike and Bike down the Garden Route to Cape Town. We have seen first-hand, and know all too well the devastating effects fires and such events can have.

Our colleagues have been putting together donations of clothing, linens and other non-perishables to be delivered to St Leonards Church on Tuesday afternoon. Any items not suitable for donation are being listed for sale on an online auction to raise further funds for donation. If you are close to our London office (1 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1LF) and would like to make a donation to be delivered please feel free to bring it in to us before 12pm on Tuesday.

Our thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones, to those who have suffered burns and who are now having to rebuild their lives after this terrible tragedy.