Bennett Opie sponsor NSPCC Gherkin Challenge for fourth consecutive year
Bennett Opie Ltd, creators of Opies’ Cocktail Gherkins was the main sponsor of the NSPCC’s Gherkin Challenge, which took place last Sunday, 19th June. Last year Opie’s sold almost 1.1million jars of cocktail gherkins, which if stacked end to end, would be 660 times higher than the Gherkin building, so therefore it was a natural choice to support the event and the valuable work the NSPCC. As well as being a main sponsor, a 9-strong Bennett Opie team ran the 38 floors to the top of iconic London skyscraper, The Gherkin.
Managing Director at Bennett Opie Limited, William Opie, said: “We were pleased to support the NSPCC and its fantastic Gherkin Challenge which is so appropriate for us, given the association between the location of the event and one of our signature lines. Our team was a mix of ages and they all thoroughly enjoyed the experience – especially as they have now all had time to recover!”
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Bennett Opie is a fine food producer based in Kent that produces a wide range of cocktail products, speciality pickles, chutneys, olives, ginger, luxury fruits, sauces and compotes under the Opies brand. Bennett Opie is also the sole distributor for a number of speciality food brands including Lingham’s Chilli Sauce, Barry Norman Pickled Onions, Ferns Curry Pastes, Delice du Provence and Clément Faugier chestnuts.
About the NSPCC
The NSPCC is the only children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. Using voluntary donations, which make up more than 90 per cent of our funding, we help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, we protect children at risk, and we find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening. So when a child needs a helping hand, we’ll be there. When parents are finding it tough, we’ll help. When laws need to change, or governments need to do more, we won’t give up until things improve.
Our ChildLine service provides a safe, confidential place for children with no one else to turn to, whatever their worry, whenever they need help. Children can contact ChildLine 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0800 1111 or by visiting www.childline.org.uk
Our free helpline provides adults with a place they can get advice and support, share their concerns about a child or get general information about child protection. Adults can contact the helpline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0808 800 5000, by texting 88858 or visiting www.nspcc.org.uk
About The Gherkin
30 St Mary Axe, widely known as ‘The Gherkin’ is situated on the former site of The Baltic Exchange. Whilst The Gherkin isn’t the tallest structure in the City at 180m (4th tallest in the City of London) it stands for significance as an iconic landmark which is synonymous with London and its skyline. The building is only open to its residents, guests and club members but there is an incredible amount to be experienced by the general public at its landscaped pedestrian plaza. From The Sterling Winebar to its residency of KERB street food market for City workers to taste every Thursday – The Gherkin is open for all. The building was officially opened in May 2004 and awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize in October 2004.