Bottomline tops for charity fundraisingBy Sally Bryant
October 18, 2011
Fundraisers from a Reading company have set themselves the massive task of pounding 3,000 miles of pavement to support a therapeutic gardening project.
Techies from Bottomline Technologies launched their Running for the Ridgeline campaign with The Extra Mile.
Actually, it was the first mile – 26 members of staff left their desks, limbered up and ran or walked twice around the company’s European offices in Chatham Street, West Reading.
Now some have signed up for the Reading Half Marathon and managing director Nigel Savory is going to be taking regular training days to help the fleet-footed crew hit their target.
Employees are encouraged to raise money for their own chosen charities, but Bottomline will give £1 per mile to the Ridgeline cause.
The trust has a plot at the corner of Whiteknights Road and Hamilton Road in East Reading, which allows people with learning disabilities enjoy gardening.
Bottomline, which provides electronic payment systems, is helping to improve its facilities. Staff have already cycled to work for a week and swum the distance of the Channel in Berkshire rivers.