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Andrew Laughton marks end of tenures at BTHA and MGA with charity walk

Published on: 15th March 2021

Andrew is taking on the challenge of walking 110km to raise funds for the Toy Trust and Fence Club charities.

Andrew Laughton, senior vice president UK at MGA Entertainment

Andrew has been a keen supporter of the fund raising efforts across the toy industry over recent years, on both a professional and a personal level, and is now taking on an amazingly tough challenge to raise much needed funds for children and children’s charities.

“As many of you are aware I am leaving MGA & Zapf very soon and will also be finishing as BTHA Chairman,” said Andrew. “To celebrate this I am walking from what will be my old offices in Milton Keynes to the BTHA offices in South London, following the path of the Grand Union Canal. I’ll be doing this in aid of the Toy Trust and The Fence Club equally.”

With so many mass fundraising events like the BTHA Fun Day and The Fence Club Winter Ball unable to take place over the last year, opportunities for maintaining the level of contribution to charity that both organisations have previously achieved have become limited, and new ways have had to be sought to give support at a time when charities need it the most.

“There have few opportunities to raise money over the past 12 months and this seemed an opportune moment to do so,” added Andrew. “Every little helps and as Joe Kissane of The Fence Club is famous for saying: ‘It’s all about the kids.’ So please give what you think is worthy of a fat lad walking 110km – or possibly longer if I get lost over the three days, the link to pledge your support is available here.”

Andrew adds that he hopes to catch up with everyone at the upcoming 48th Teddy Simmonds Fence Club Golf Day, which is scheduled to take place on a new date, to fit in with the latest government guidelines, on Wednesday 23rd June 2020, at Oakdale Golf Club Harrogate. This will be the first social Fence Club occasion for 17 months and members of the toy industry are invited to either enter to play golf or just attend the evening dinner.

The event is open to all, and attendees do not need to be invited by a member of the Fence Club. Bookings can be from single players and allocated to a team, or full teams can enter. The golf day is open to all types of golfer from those who only play a couple of times a year to others that play on a regular basis; the day is all about having fun and raising money for children.

For more information on the Fence Club Golf Day, contact organiser Simon Anslow simon@harrogatefair.com or telephone 01902 882280 or 07798 737 077.

To donate to Andrew Laughton’s 110 km Milton Keynes to London walk, please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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