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Credit Suisse triathlon challenge raises more than £15,000 for Friends

of Frossard Children’s Ward, Cooper Brouard’s chosen charity.

Work on Frossard Ward’s new outdoor play area will begin later this

year after Credit Suisse’s triathlon challenge raised more than £15,000.

The play area, which will transform the neglected garden into a usable

outdoor space for patients and their families, will cost around £35,000

and is the latest project for the Friends of Frossard Children’s Ward

charity. Credit Suisse has chosen Friends of Frossard Children’s Ward

as its charity of the year and organised an all-day fundraising challenge

last month with the aim of raising £10,000. The Hel(l)vetia Challenge,

named after Credit Suisse’s headquarters on South Esplanade, saw

two teams complete a triathlon-inspired route 25 times.

‘We can’t quite believe how much Credit Suisse raised from this

incredible challenge,’ said Cathy Gallienne, founder of Friends of

Frossard Ward, who took part along with charity co-founder and

Cooper Brouard colleague Matt Brouard, along with fellow colleagues

Ross Le Marquand, Heather Barrell and Ben McVey.

‘They exceeded their ambitious target of raising £10,000 before the

challenge had even begun, which is just brilliant. It was really fantastic

to see how enthusiastic everyone was and how committed the

participants were in helping us make our plan a reality. We can’t thank

them enough,’

Team Awesome saw 100 Credit Suisse employees, including senior

managers from London and Zurich as well as former managing director

Roy McGregor, join with representatives from the event sponsors and

businesses who work closely with Credit Suisse. Starting at 5am,

members individually completed either a 500m sea swim in Havelet

Bay, a 1.5km cycle up and down the Val des Terres or a 2.25km run

from Havelet to the Aquarium and then back along to the slip below

Castle Cornet until 25 full laps of the route had been completed.

Team B, made up of just five people including Credit Suisse Channel

Islands CEO Paul Annegarn and Guernsey Rugby stars Cameron

Craine and Dan Hill, completed the same route in rotation.

‘I am extremely proud of every single person who took part,’ said Mr


‘Everyone took on a personal challenge and gave 100% and the

camaraderie and team spirit was more than I expected. To raise so

much money shows how passionate everyone at Credit Suisse, and

the sponsors and companies who joined in, is about Frossard Ward

and the incredible care it gives young islanders.’

Mr Annegarn also expressed his thanks to Babbe, Recarta, C5

Alliance, Offshore, Cooper Brouard, The International Stock Exchange

and The Ivy Trust who all sponsored the event and to Guernsey Police,

the Harbour Office and the Yacht Club for their support.

‘Their support helped make the event the success it was’ he said.