Bennett Opie to ‘step up’ and sponsor the NSPCC’s Gherkin Challenge

Bennett Opie Ltd, creators of the Opie’s Cocktail Gherkins will be the main sponsor of the NSPCC’s Gherkin Challenge, which takes place on Sunday 19thJune 2016.  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 does to protect children and young people across the UK.

Participants of The Gherkin Challenge are invited climb the 38 floors to the top of iconic London skyscraper, 30 St Mary Axe, which we all know as The Gherkin. On average a child calls ChildLine every 25 seconds. That’s 26 children who will call during the time it could take you to the reach the top.

William Opie, Managing Director at Bennett Opie Limited said: “This is the fourth time that we have sponsored the Gherkin Challenge and we are delighted to support such a fantastic charity and this event is so appropriate.    There’s something of inter-department rivalry and we will be entering our own team who we have affectionately named ‘Gherkineers”.

Olivia Pumphrey from the NSPCC Participation Events Team said: “We’re delighted to have Bennett Opie on board as our sponsor for The Gherkin Challenge – it’s a very fitting link to our much-loved challenge event! We’re also thrilled that they will be entering a team to race to the top, helping to raise money to support our services like ChildLine, so that we can be there for more children and young people across the UK, whatever their worry, whenever they need help.”

For further information or to register for The Gherkin Challenge as a team or individual, visit https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/events/the-gherkin-challenge/.

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Lesley Parr

Splat Marketing & PR

07754 482139 / 01538 381884

lesley@splat-marketing.co.uk

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For NSPCC: For further information, please contact Keely Scanlan, NSPCC Media Officer on keely.scanlan@nspcc.org.uk or 0115 896 3287

Notes for Editors:

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 Monin, Lingham’s Chilli Sauce, Barry Norman Pickled Onions, 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.

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