Gleeds city treasure hunt raises £1,450 for charity

Local knowledge and a keen eye were put to the test at a Nottingham city centre treasure hunt, held on 30th September, that raised £1,450 for the British Heart Foundation.

Organised by Gleeds, the treasure hunt saw 88 people from 27 local businesses give up their day job to search the hidden corners of the city in pursuit of being awarded treasure hunt champion.

The event was won by Team 5 who impressed with their puzzle solving prowess and received a magnum of champagne donated by local firm CouchPerryWilkes. The triumphant team included participants from Maber, Nelsons Solicitors and BWB Consulting.

Now in its second year, attendees were invited to donate £20 to the British Heart Foundation in memory of friend and colleague, Ian McKinlay, who passed away following a heart attack while on holiday.

The evening concluded at Via Fossa on Canal Street with the handover of the fundraising cheque by Gleeds event organisers, Stuart Neal and Matthew Miles, to Ian’s wife Jo McKinlay.

Executive quantity surveyor at Gleeds, Stuart Neal, said: “We created this event last year as we wanted to do something a little bit different that everyone could participate in. Due to its popularity we brought it back for a second year and have received an unprecedented level of interest with the number of people taking part doubling since last year.

 “We chose to support the British Heart Foundation following the sudden loss of our much-loved colleague, and in his memory, we are donating all proceeds to the charity to support its important work.”

Helena Mair, fundraising manager at the British Heart Foundation, said: “On behalf of everyone at the British Heart Foundation, I’d like to say a huge thanks to the team at Gleeds and everyone who took part in its treasure hunt.

“We rely on the generosity of our supporters to help fund our pioneering heart research and every pound raised brings us closer to beating heart disease.”

Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer and the charity’s pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.