Grafton Group Plc

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Grafton Group Plc became primary sponsors of the inaugural Dublin to Sunderland Cycle Challenge in 2012, continuing their long-standing commitment of developing links in local communities by supporting a range of health, welfare, sport and education projects and donating to numerous charitable causes.

The partnership was a natural fit: Grafton's headquarters is based in Dublin, and Sunderland-born Chief Executive Gavin Slark welcomed the opportunity to support a charity that was making such a positive difference in his home town.

Following the event's success - raising over £20,000 for Foundation of Light – Grafton have committed to supporting subsequent Cycle Challenges which have seen teams of riders cycle almost 1,000 miles across Europe.

As well as headline sponsors, Grafton's executive team have also taken up the challenge as an annual team building event while also raising close to £100,000 to support the Foundation's award-winning work with children, young people and families within the North East.


Getting involved with Foundation of Light is one of the best decisions that I've made both as a Chief Executive and as an individual and I'm proud to be part of their team.

Gavin Slark, Chief Executive Grafton Group Plc

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