Lowell Giving, a charitable fundraising unit which is run entirely by the team at Lowell Group, the UK’s leading debt purchasing specialist, has raised £12,245 for good causes during 2012.

Throughout the year, team members at Leeds and Preston-based Lowell organised and took part in a host of events to raise money for four ‘charities of the quarter’ that they nominated and voted for themselves. The charities they chose were Cancer Research UK, Brain Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire, Help for Heroes and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Fundraising events ranged from collecting unwanted items for charity shops, cake bakes and quizzes through to a tandem sky dive and a series of team challenges, including the Great North Run and the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

The events raised £1,200 for Cancer Research UK, £2,078 for Brain Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire, £1,878 for Help for Heroes and £2,398 for Alzheimer’s Society.

In addition to raising money for the four charities a team from Lowell took part in the infamous Trailtrekker Challenge, a 100km trek through the Yorkshire Dales in under 30 hours, which raised £4,691 for Oxfam.

Dicky Davies, Lowell Group’s business development director, who is the internal ambassador for Lowell Giving, commented:

We set up Lowell Giving in 2011 to provide a more focused approach to charitable fundraising within the company and to encourage team member participation and ownership, and I’m really proud of what’s been achieved again this year.


Team Lowell really stepped up to the plate – almost 50 per cent of team members across Leeds and Preston took part in fundraising events during the year.

In 2013 Lowell Giving will be adopting a different approach, focusing support on one charity throughout the year, which, as previously, has been voted for by team members.

Lowell’s chosen charity for 2013 is Leeds Children’s Charity, which aims to give local children aged 7-11, from some of the most deprived areas of the city, the chance to visit the seaside, make friends and have fun. The charity runs its own holiday centre near Morecambe and the children are typically put forward by their schools to be considered for a place.

Dicky Davies explained:

By splitting our annual funds across four charities we’ve had a wide-reaching impact, but this year we’re keen to really get under the skin of a charity and have an even bigger impact. We’re looking forward to building a deeper relationship with the Leeds Children’s Charity, offering them the skills and time of our team as well as supporting them financially.

Lowell Giving, the charitable arm of Lowell Group, has helped team members to raise almost £6,000 for good causes in its first year.

Throughout the year team members have taken part in a host of fundraising events to raise money for four ‘Charities of the Quarter’ that they nominated and voted for themselves. The chosen charities were Cancer Research UK, Martin House children’s hospice, Mac,illan Cancer Support and Candlelighters.

Fundraising events ranged from a charity drop, where people brought in their unwanted items for sale in charity shops with Lowell donating £1 for every item brought in, through to cake bakes, doughnut days, quizzes and lotteries.

A series of team challenges that included a Calderdale Walk, Great Yorkshire Bike Ride and several half marathons raised over £1000 while a Summer Charity Ball contributed £800 to the total.

Dicky Davies, business development director for Lowell Group and ambassador for Lowell Giving commented:

We set up Lowell Giving to provide a more focused approach to charitable fundraising within the company and to encourage team member participation and ownership, and I’m really proud of what’s been achieved in the first year. Team Lowell really stepped up to the plate and a big thank you to everyone who took part. Our first year has been a great success and we are looking forward to raising even more money for worthy causes in 2012.

Lowell Giving’s ‘Charities of the Quarter’ for 2012, as chosen by Team Lowell, are Cancer Research UK, Brain Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire, Help for Heroes, and Alzheimer’s Society.

A team of 20 staff from Leeds-based Lowell Group has raised nearly £2,000 for the charity Child Poverty Action Group after taking on the gruellingYorkshire three-peak challenge.

The challenge involves hiking 25 miles through the Yorkshire Dales, climbing the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Inglebrough along the way – all within 12 hours.

Lowell Group’s chief executive officer James Cornell, who led the team, said:

We faced everything from red hot sunshine to cold, driving rain and waist-deep bogs but it was very rewarding to meet the challenge and raise money for such a worthy cause. Child Poverty Action Group is working to eradicate child poverty in the UK and secure a better deal for lower income families.We would like to thank everyone who sponsored us for their generous support.

A 17-strong team from Lowell Group captained by IT director John Stewart raised over £1,500 for charity and finished a highly creditable 3rd out of 30 in the third annual Leeds Community Fancy Dress Dragon Boat  Races last month.

The event, which featured businesses from all different sectors including a number from financial services, was held to raise money for the Leeds Community Foundation, which helps improve the quality of life of people living in disadvantaged communities.

Dragon Boat Racing is the world’s fastest growing water sport and involves teams of paddlers in a 40-foot boat with a drummer and helmsman, paddling frantically to beat the other teams down a 250 metres course.

Donning fancy-dress, Lowell’s team, which also included CEO James Cornell, made it through several gruelling heats and actually posted the fastest time of the day before coming 3rd in the final race.

Captain John Stewart said:

It was extremely hard work but tremendous fun as well. Everyone at Lowell is always very supportive of our community activities and we were delighted to raise over £1,500 for such a worthy cause.

The Leeds Community Foundation supports more than 3,000 community groups and charities working in some of the most disadvantaged parts of Leeds and has distributed over £9m in grants since it was established in 2005.

Lowell Group’s charity fundraising continues next month (August 7) when some 30 employees will bravely tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, which involves covering 25 miles across tough terrain in under 12 hours.

Lowell Group’s CEO James Cornell and director of IT John Stewart are looking to raise money for the charity Water Aid by completing the 24 hour three peaks challenge.

Over the weekend of June 20 and 21 they will be swapping their suits for heavy walking boots and attempting to climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, the Lake District’s Scafell Pike and Snowdon inWales– all within 24 hours.

As well as scaling the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales, the gruelling challenge entails travelling around 450 miles. Fortunately, a dedicated support team – wives Linzi and Paula – will be on hand to drive and administer TLC as required!

James Cornell said:

It’s a personal challenge but we wanted to do something for charity at the same time.

Water Aid is an international charity which aims to provide the world’s poorest people with access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.

The Lowell duo has already been pledged more than £500 but they are hoping to raise at least £2,000 for Water Aid. 

Anyone wishing to support their efforts can make a donation easily and securely by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/threepeaksmadness