STAFF at a multi-million pound development in Poole have been donating their time – and fast legs – to charity while building work goes ahead.
As work continues on the £12.5 million scheme at the Rockwater at Branksome development, staff have been working with the Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF), giving their time to help wherever they can.
Among them is Josh Saunders, who has now decided to take his efforts one step – or thousands of steps – further.
MMA fighter Josh has pledged to run the 14.2 miles from Sandbanks to Hengistbury Head on May 12, raising money for the DCCF – that supports cancer-hit families financially – as he goes.
“We are all continuing to be paid, despite being unable to work all our shifts because of the renovation work, so we looked into local charities we might help and decided to volunteer for the DCCF,” said Josh, 26.
“We have been helping out the charity manager, Jaz, and administrator Penny with their admin and social media, and whatever else they need.
“It’s a great charity which gives financial help to Dorset families who are struggling to pay their bills and make ends meet because of cancer.
“After my first visit to the charity I was really impressed and decided I wanted to do something extra to help them.
“I’m an MMA fighter and have recently started running, so I said I would run the 14.2 miles from Sandbanks to Hengistbury Head on May 12 and raise as much as I can for DCCF.
“The training is going well, with some good runs in my lunch breaks, and I am hoping to raise £500. People are being really supportive so far. I’m now hoping others will read this and sponsor me a few pounds knowing every penny they give will go to a local family who really need it.”
DCCF charity manager Jazmine White added: “We were thrilled when Rockwater came to us and said they would like to volunteer their time.
“They are a wonderful bunch of people and have been so friendly and helpful, especially with our social media, research and mailings to our members.
“As we are a very small local charity, it’s lovely to have that extra support and we can’t wait to support Josh in his run.
“The DCCF was set up by local people for local people and is funded entirely by the hard work of our supporters and business sponsors. We feel blessed to count the Rockwater team among them.”
Josh can be sponsored at https://tinyurl.com/yp3ktc7j