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DHL Delivers for Buckingham Canal Society

The huge success of this summer’s Cosgrove Canal Festival & Craft Fair was given an extra boost in October as a charitable donation made to Buckingham Canal Society (BCS) by one their valued festival volunteers was matched by her employers, the global logistics and transport company, Deutsche Post DHL.

Liz Turvey is the Head of Insurance Programmes for the UK and Ireland with Deutsche Post DHL, and also finds the time to volunteer for BCS. This year, as in previous years, she organised a homemade cake stall as part of the BCS annual festival in July, although for the first time in the festival’s history she was able to expand her stall whilst under the cover of the all new Craft Fair venue that was to be the Cosgrove Village Hall. Liz spent the week prior to the event preparing, amongst many others, popular coffee cakes and cupcakes, alongside more experimental lavender & lemon drizzle cakes which proved to make the weekend a huge triumph. To top it all, she raised £300 towards funds for the continued restoration of the Buckingham Canal that the Society is undertaking between Cosgrove and Buckingham. A selection of cakes were also donated by Puratos in Buckingham. Liz’s sister and mum, as well as Joan Shean and her family, also provided cakes and valued support during the day. In particular, Joan’s family made an amazing Canal Boat Cake for the popular raffle. Visitors could also, for the first time, sit in comfort and chat whilst taking a hot or cold beverage with a delicious cake.

CanalCake However, it didn’t end there. It was revealed toward the end of October that Liz had also been successful in her Match It! application to the DHL UK Foundation, which allowed her £300 already raised to be doubled. The Foundation is a charitable organisation encouraging fundraising and volunteering by all DHL employees in their local communities and offers a variety of charity programmes, encouraging them to get involved in those communities within which they live and work, in an effort to make a positive difference. Their Match It! programme encourages this even further by matching the money initially raised by the DHL employees, and then donating it directly to their chosen charities.

The success of the programme has seen £762,460 donated nationwide in 2013/2014, and BCS were extremely grateful to be one of their recipients, with the Foundation doubling the already generous £300 raised by Liz and her cake stall, to make a total of £600 raised for BCS! “On behalf of the other BCS Trustees and myself, I would like to thank Liz Turvey for her hard work at our festival”, said BCS Trustee and Festival Committee Member Athina Beckett. “I would also like to thank DHL for providing the extra funding for the canal society, which will be put to very good use for future restoration plans.” For further information about the DHL UK Foundation, please visit www.dhlukfoundation.org.

Do you dig canals?...We Do! Work parties are held every other Thursday and the second Sunday of each month and are always friendly, welcoming and very rewarding. For further details on the work parties please visit www.buckinghamcanal.org.uk/events-and-news/work-parties/, and for all other aspects of the Society please visit www.buckinghamcanal.org.uk.