The gdb Charity Challenge – a “Leap of Faith” and beyond!

On 5th July, 10 highly-committed teams got together to compete in the gdb Charity Challenge 2019 at the excellent Bowles Outdoor Centre near Tunbridge Wells.

For some the “Leap of Faith” was the highlight – for others, it was the stuff of nightmares.  This test involved the nimbler (and braver) members of the competing teams launching themselves into mid-air from the top of a telegraph pole hoping to break their fall by grasping a trapeze swing.  Thanks to the professionalism of the Bowles team no competitors were harmed, but this should not be attempted at home!

Nine of the teams were fielded by gdb member businesses motivated by the opportunity for team building, whilst at the same time raising funds for our local charities.  The 10th team comprised mostly hand-picked representatives from the charities themselves, generously sponsored by PVL Ltd.


The Competing Teams: Chestnut Tree House, Driver Hire Gatwick, Richard Place Dobson, DMH Stallard LLP, Charity Diamonds - Sponsored by PVL, Varian, Wildwood PR Ltd, Kingston Smith LLP, Gatwick Express & The Winners, 4D Data Centres.



This year we introduced a trophy for the winning team sponsored by 4D Data Centres.  By pure coincidence, 4D were the overall winners as they were in 2018! 



PVL, as well as supporting the Charities Team, also sponsored the trophy for “Most Enthusiastic Team member”.  This prestigious award went to Amber Lilly of the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice team.  Amber deserved this award for her all-round team contribution but particularly for the way she attacked the “Leap of Faith” – inspiring by example and showing absolute faith in the Bowles team who provided confidence-building encouragement and good humour throughout.



The weather was splendid and as the heat began to impact, Love Water ensured everyone stayed well-hydrated by supplying their excellent Blenheim Palace water. Our food sponsors, Paella Fella, provided a feast to round off the day making all the effort worthwhile – forget the “Leap of Faith, for many of us the Paella was the real highlight!

We are now looking ahead to gdb Charity Challenge 2020 which, as for this year, will be excellently guided by Darren Harding of RPD, in his role as chair of the gdb Charities Group.


The Charities:

Bowles Learning & Development

Cancer Research UK

Chailey Heritage Foundation

Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice

Crawley Open House

Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity

Golden Lion Children’s Trust

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance


Outreach 3 Way/ Dimensions UK

SASH Charity

Springboard Project

St Catherine’s Hospice

The Children’s Trust

The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre

West Sussex Mediation Services

WorkAid – Aldingbourne Trust




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