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Food Bank

Huge food bank donation from the Pro2col team

Throughout October the Pro2col team and neighbouring businesses collected supplies for the food banks St Joseph’s Church in Christchurch and Immanuel Church in Southbourne.

Both food banks are passionate about helping people at crisis point in their lives and supporting them through to the other side.

Many food banks across the UK are expecting an increase in demand so Pro2col decided to chip in and help those in need. Ailsa Gibbs, who drove this donation initiative said:

“The team at Pro2col were inspired by the example of Marcus Rashford to ensure that no child goes hungry during these difficult times. More families are reliant on foodbanks as a result of the pandemic and going hungry doesn’t just impact children’s welfare today, it can affect their long-term welfare and future prospects”.


Pictured: Pro2col’s food bank collection 

As harvest festivals are cancelled and older volunteers are placed in the at-risk category, food banks face shortages in donations and manpower. This is especially concerning given that statistics from The Trussell Trust which show food banks were already experiencing increased usage, even before the pandemic. They’re now predicting a 61% increase in demand for food parcels across the UK.  Pro2col wants to support the work many organisations and individuals are doing to prevent people from going hungry.

Ailsa said: The team all recognise how fortunate we are to have security in these difficult times and have pulled together and donated so generously to support our local community”.

Resources for accessing and donating to local food banks can be found here: https://faithworkswessex.org.uk/projects/foodbank/christchurch/ and https://www.immanuelsouthbourne.org/40/Food-Bank

The Dorset Hillfort Ultra Challenge

Team Nadia: The Dorset Hillfort Ultra Challenge

This weekend, Jasmina Chehlarova and Pro2col colleagues Daisy Shaw, Benjamin Smith and Helen Gilbert, tackled the Dorset Hillfort Ultra Challenge. As ‘Team Nadia’ they have raised almost £500 to support Nadia Dafova in her fight against stage 4 melanoma and the search for alternative therapies.

The Challenge


This really was an ultra challenge. Beginning in Cattistock, the 57km route took participants through a demanding course around some of the highest points of West Dorset. But Team Nadia put in months of training for this extremely worthy cause, and together completed all 57km in just under eight hours. Team Nadia is especially important to Jasmina who has known Nadia for over 20 years.

Jasmina said: “Nadia is a really admirable person. She started fresh in the UK after moving from Bulgaria, and she cares for young adults with autism as a frontline healthcare worker”.


In March this year, Nadia received the devastating news that she had a recurrence of melanoma, which she beat almost 10 years previously. There is no treatment available and the NHS does not provide support for alternative therapies. So Nadia and her family began their search for different options elsewhere, leaving no stone unturned. Spurred on by the stories of survivors in similar situations who have overcome this terrible disease, Nadia’s story has reached far and wide, receiving support from those inspired by her strength and positivity in such difficult times. 

Jasmina said: “That’s the brilliant thing about working at Pro2col, people are willing to get involved. Your struggles and the things you fight for are heard. Everyone put in a fantastic effort to complete this challenge and make a real difference in Nadia’s fight”.

You can follow Nadia and her stepping stones at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/teamnadia and https://gf.me/u/yybixa . 

It’s not too late to contribute and every pound makes a difference.

Tuckton does #ChristmasJumperDay

#ChristmasJumperDay 2019

Let's get Tuckton involved

Businesses across Tuckton teamed up to raise a fantastic sum of money for Save the Children’s #ChristmasJumperDay on Friday 13th December. We smashed our original target, raising over £1600 in total, making us the top fundraiser across Dorset, Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

Tuckton High Street was a hub of activity, with fundraising activities throughout the day. Jasmina from Pro2col won the Pigs in Blankets – Mince Pie and Spoon race. Her time of 12.75 seconds was honoured despite allegations her mince pie was glued to her spoon. Pictures in the gallery!

Local boxing celebrity Kate Farley judged the Christmas window competition, awarding prizes to the most impressive displays:

  • ​First place: Wilton’s Funeral Services
  • Second place: Hairworx hairdressers
  • Third place: Matthew Furnell Health & Nutrition

“I am writing to say a huge thank you to you and your team for supporting Christmas Jumper Day again and raising a fantastic £1,609! That’s amazing, massive well done to you and your team.”

Dania Shaw, Community Fundraising Manager South West at Save the Children UK

Three pupils from Stourfield Infant School won prizes for their beautiful Christmas jumper designs, judged by the team from Pandemonium. The day was rounded off with a warming winter BBQ and mulled wine at Flat White

Winners of the raffle – which include prizes from Lemon Tree Nails and BeautyTuckton Podiatry and Tuckton Dental Practice – will be notified in the next few days.

Thank you to all the businesses who got involved and the local residents who donated. Special thanks to our business partners who made generous donations that made up a large chunk of the funds raised.

All money raised has gone to Save the Children, changing children’s lives around the world. It’s surprising how even a small donation can add up to make a big difference:

  • £210 could equip 200 children in Indonesia with everything they need for school.
  • £100 could buy the essentials a family fleeing conflict in Syria need to survive the winter cold.
  • £50 could provide a child with a month’s supply of high-energy peanut paste, helping them recover from malnutrition.
  • £20 could provide a newborn baby and mother with the vital supplies they need to get the best start in life.
  • £10 could pay for a child’s schoolbag kit in Kenya to help children learn.

Pro2col team raise over £6000 in 100km challenge

Pro2col team raise over £6000

in 100km challenge

“We’re over the moon.” The words of Pro2col MD James Lewis on Sunday afternoon at the finish line of the Jurassic Coast 100km Ultra Challenge.

The celebration comes after three months of committed training and fundraising, during which Pro2col raised over £6000 to be shared between five great causes: The British Heart Foundation, a local MacmiIlan Cancer Unit, Crohns and Colitis UK, the Lewy Body Society and BIBS at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

“Saturday was just brutal,” James continued. “The high winds and huge hills were not a great combination. We climbed 2.66km, which is equivalent to climbing Britain’s tallest mountain Ben Nevis twice in a weekend.”


Pictured: The challenging terrain of Flower’s Barrow near East Lulworth.

Starting in Poole on Saturday morning, they passed the picturesque Corfe Castle, traversed the steep terrain around Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, arriving in Weymouth on Saturday evening. On Sunday they moved further along the Jurassic coast to Chessil Beach and the famous sandstone cliffs of West Bay, arriving in Bridport on Sunday afternoon.

Four of the team completed the 100km course, and Ben Smith received the 50km medal, having been withdrawn by the medical team at 66 km with ligament damage and suspected stress fracture from an ankle injury sustained at 21 km.

“We only set out to complete it,” added James, “but we’re delighted to have three of the team inside the top 10% of quickest finishers. Plus we have raised more than £6k along the way. These are causes very close to our hearts and I’m really proud of the team and their dedication.”

The team are still taking donations and it’s not too late to contribute at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jurassic-pro2col


Pictured L-R: Ailsa Gibbs, James Reynolds, Helen Gilbert, Ben Smith and James Lewis.

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Pro2col in Pink: Race for Life team

Pro2col in Pink: Race for Life team

Pro2col in pink

Three Pro2col ladies are doing the ‘Pretty Muddy’ Race for Life as team ‘Pro2col in Pink‘.

Lindsay, Michelle and Sally will get stuck into this muddy challenge on Saturday 15th June, raising money for Cancer Research UK. The route goes through Poole Park, Whitecliff Recreational Ground and Harbourside, with a variety of muddy obstacles along the way.

Pro2col MD James Lewis said: “The team are passionate about making a difference to our community and to society in general. So alongside of beach cleans and crisp packet recycling, most of the staff are undertaking different challenges in June to help raise money for charity. They are causes very close to their hearts and I’m really proud of their dedication.”


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Pro2col in pink

Lindsay Lewis

Pro2col in pink

Michelle Grimaldi

Pro2col in pink

Sally Gates

Jurassic Coast 100km Ultra Challenge

Jurassic Coast 100km Ultra Challenge

Pro2col Jurassic Challenge

A somewhat crazy, five-strong team from Pro2col has signed up to tackle the Jurassic Coast 100km Ultra Challenge over a weekend in June, aiming to raise £10,000 for a range of good causes. None of the team has any experience of events of this type, but they are always up for a challenge – and they have surpassed themselves this time!

Pro2col Jurassic Challenge

Starting in Poole and ending in Bridport, it’s a demanding 100km walk passing the picturesque Corfe Castle, traversing the steep terrain around Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, then along the coastline to Chessil Beach and the famous sandstone cliffs of West Bay.

“Whilst it’s quite a distance, that’s only half of the problem,” explained Pro2col Managing Director James Lewis. “The Jurassic coast is a bit hilly! Over the duration we’ll climb 2.66km, which is equivalent to climbing Britain’s tallest mountain Ben Nevis twice in a weekend.”

Pro2col Jurassic Challenge

The team’s training regime began with 30k walks, including a 40k session on Good Friday, steadily building in distance ahead of the challenge itself on 8th-9th June 2019.

“It’s challenging in unexpected ways,” continued James. “As well as the walk itself and a tough training regime, we’ve set a high fundraising target of £10,000. Every member of the team has invested a lot into this and they’re determined to reach the target for their chosen charity. They are causes very close to their hearts and I’m really proud of their dedication.”

If you’d like to donate we would welcome sponsorship towards an individual chosen charity or alternatively a team donation, which will be distributed evenly amongst the charities. You can find out about the individual chosen good causes and personal stories below. Or donate to the full team.



Pro2col Jurassic Challenge

James Reynolds – Bibs

BIBS (Babies in Buscot Support) is a registered charity that supports babies and their families in the special care baby unit (Buscot Ward) at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. The committee and the supporters are all parents/carers of ex-Buscot babies who have been through the experience of having a premature or full term but ill baby.

Pro2col Jurassic Challenge

James Lewis – The Lewy Body Society

I’m running for the Lewy Body Society, who fund clinical research to improve the diagnosis and treatment of Lewy body dementia. My Dad was diagnosed in his mid-fifties providing plenty of challenges for my Mum in what should have been their retirement years.

Pro2col Jurassic Challenge

Ailsa Gibbs – Crohn’s & Colitis UK

My daughter Maisy, along with my cousins Robert and Sophie, live with this condition every day. 1 in 4 people diagnosed with Crohns or Colitis is under 16 and there is currently no cure. Every penny I raise will be spent on research to find ways to manage and cure these debilitating conditions.  Thank you so much for your support.

Pro2col Jurassic Challenge

Ben Smith – British Heart Foundation

I have chosen the British Heart Foundation in memory of my wife’s sister. She tragically passed away at age 11 due to a heart condition. This is no age to lose a child/sibling. Personally I never met Heather, however, the family speak with great treasured memories of her, and by doing this challenge, I hope to in some small way, help other families so they can have more enjoyable times with their loved ones.  

Pro2col Jurassic Challenge

Helen Gilbert – Macmillan Cancer Support

I have decided to try and complete the Jurassic Coast Challenge on 8th June this year. I will walk/run the 100km over the two days. I am very nervous as anyone who knows me knows that I don’t like off road at the best of times, so this will be a massive challenge for me. I am doing this with my work colleagues and have decided to raise money for the MacmiIlan Cancer Unit as its local and is vital to so many people. Please help if you can, just a few pennies will help this excellent cause. Thank you very much.

Pro2col Jurassic Challenge
Pro2col Jurassic Challenge
Pro2col Jurassic Challenge
Pro2col Jurassic Challenge
Pro2col Jurassic Challenge