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The Gelder Charitable Trust Registers with Amazon

The Gelder Charitable Trust which was set up to assist the families of people in construction in need of financial support through bereavement or ill health has now registered with Amazon to receive donations from people as they shop on-line. The Charity will receive 0.5% of the net purchase cost of any items bought on Amazon, at no additional cost to the purchaser.

To make The Gelder Charitable Trust your designated Charity please copy this link into your browser and search for The Gelder Charitable Trust.

Gelder Group’s Dave Wass wins Charity Fishing Competition

All anglers arriving well before the set meeting time to a sound and smell of a campfire cooking bacon and sausages.  The Children from Wild in the Woods called a very loud and confident ‘’TIME’’ at the all-in. We further understand a match started early in Gainsborough ,such was the volume of the very polite youngsters!

Dave Troop was off to a great start and didn’t give anyone any time to settle in, putting 3 nice carp in the net straight away. Phil Middleton and Dave Wass were also off to a great start but alternatively to Troopy targeting the smaller silver species. As the morning went on both Anglers were building a good rhythm with small silver fish being swung regularly to hand at an impressive pace.

It was Keith Mychajluk and our Bird Ringer –  Stephen Wain’s first Match on the Lake. Both anglers fished hard for some very nice skimmer bream. Keith unfortunately had a brush with Oscar mid-match, with rod bent double he was literally brought to his feet to stand up and fight with the unseen underwater tear away. After a brief tug of war, Keith gasped as he parted company with our resident delinquent monster fish who yet again had evaded capture, bending Keith’s hook nearly straight. Will anyone ever catch this terror? Good luck to you if you wish to try!

Jim had set his stall out adopting the rock solid, go big or go home approach. Simon started fairly well setting rods and rigs to cover several options, but quickly became a jack of all trades , master of none on this occasion.

With less than an hour to go an all too familiar clink of glass and the sound of bottle tops being removed was heard coming from the top of the Lake, as Troopy and Coxy got stuck into the ice box early….perfect timing as the sun shone down following a wet and cloudy morning.

By 1300hrs time was called and plenty of fish had been caught by all.

The usual Banter continued, and anticipation grew from peg to peg as the weights and measures were recorded. Upon studying the nets literally hundreds of fish had been caught with the anglers providing the children with a valuable insight into all the fish species we have in the lake.

The match finished with the 3 heaviest nets going:

  • 3rd David Troop – 3lb 14oz
  • 2nd Gary Cox – 4lb 11oz
  • 1st David Wass – 5lb 1oz

Well deserved and well done to Dave Wass who fished his socks off from the start of the match to the finish amassing just under a 100 fish! Possibly the largest bag of fish we’ve ever recorded for a 3 hour match!

Extended well done to Coxy and Troopy with nets of nice carp and another very busy of silver fish and bonus carp for Coxy.

The day raised over a £100.00 for charity.

Huge thanks to our Dawn and the Wild in the Woods team for cooking breakfast on the camp fire for everyone and running tea, worms and sandwiches from peg to peg all day!

The Rick Paton Memorial Match will be held in September 2021.

Dave Wass

(Left)Winner Dave Wass with his catch (Right) Dave Troop – 3rd place

Gary Cox

2nd Place – Gary Cox


Sam Gelder’s ‘7 marathons in 7 days’ raises £49,475.20 for charity

During the 2nd week of March Sam Gelder achieved the incredible feat of completing ‘7 Marathons in 7 Days’.  The aim was to raise £12,000 for charities Cancer Research and The Gelder Charitable Trust.

Just Giving pages were set-up and people were extremely generous with their donations with £49,475.20 raised in total, £9,687 for Cancer Research UK and £39,678.20 for ‘The Gelder Charitable Trust’.

The Gelder Charitable Trust was set-up to provide support, financial or otherwise for construction workers and their families when they become incapacitated through illness or accident with three people/families already having received support.

Sam Gelder

Sam’s ‘7 Marathons in 7 Days’

Sam's MarathonsFrom Saturday 6th March to Friday 12th March Sam Gelder will be taking on the amazing challenge of completing ‘7 Marathons in 7 days’.

Amongst others Sam (24), will be running through the villages of Corringham, Blyton, Springthorpe, Hemswell, Kexby, Upton, Willingham by Stow and each day finishing at Gelder Group’s Head Office complex at Sturton by Stow.

Sam will be raising money for these two charities:

Barclays will be match funding everything raised for Cancer Research. Gelder Group will be match funding everything for The Gelder Charitable Trust.

You can follow Sam on Strava, keep an eye on his progress by following Gelder Group on Facebook or Twitter @geldergroup.

Should you wish to join Sam for one of his Marathons or just for a few kilometres email or call reception 01427 788 837 for details.

Gelder Charity achieves Charitable Trust Status

Over the course of 32 years in business Gelder Group has raised a significant amount of money for charitable causes including £33,000 raised to celebrate the company’s 25 years in business, which was donated to St Barnabas and the Alzheimer’s Society.

More recently the Group has been focused on supporting its own staff and their endeavours in raising money for charities and following the sudden and sad passing of a member of staff the group has been supporting his family through a financially and emotionally difficult period. With this in mind the Group decided to set up a charitable fund which could be accessed by staff and families who were in need of financial support through bereavement or ill health. The trust has now been formally recognised by the Charity commission and a team will be established to run the charity.

Steve Gelder, Chief Executive Officer comments on the Trust:

A big part of our 20:20 Vision is to champion community initiatives and build strong communities, gaining official charity status will not only help us achieve our Vision, it will enable us to continue to contribute to support our local community going forward. I am absolutely delighted that we now have our own charitable trust.

Charitiable Trust

Masquerade Ball raises £12,500

Gelder Group and its suppliers all came together on Saturday 7th March 2020 to raise a massive £12,500 for the family of James Flintham.

During the final quarter of 2019 the Gelder Group lost one of its good guys, 38 year old James Flintham who died suddenly following a short illness. The ball was held in his honour and attended by his close family, work colleagues, friends and Gelder Group suppliers and sub-contractors.

The money raised will help support James’s young family through what is a very tough time for them.

Huge thanks to everyone who got involved and attended, supported the various sponsorship packages, and provided raffle and auction prizes. The amount raised will make a big difference to James’s young family.

See below for photos of the event.

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Rick Paton Memorial Fishing Competition

The Fourth Rick Paton Memorial Charity Match took place on 8th September 2019. It was a cool start to the Day with Gary Cox even having to scrape ice from the windscreen! Eight ‘’coiled springs’’ were in high spirits full of banter as per usual! The draw was tense (LOL) with the low numbered pegs and Rick’s peg being the hot favourites. The efforts the travelling Barbarian’s made, battling fire,  ice and wind paid off with all three gents drawing very favourably and saw Big Alan sat comfortably in Rick’s Peg.

Start time was called early, such was the excitement to get fishing with the War Cry coming from defending champion, Gary Cox.

Yet again the sky line looked like a scene from Braveheart with a torrent of feeders, leads, floats, bait and carbon fibre poles being unleashed. Dave Troop’s feeder was so big , the splash resembled a Snap On Tool Cabinet going in. The suave as ever Jim Smith, clearly not being happy with how deep his swim was and was raising the bottom gradually throughout the match with Boilies, Tiger Nuts and Kilos of particles. Dave Wass was off to a good start with a flurry of small fish, at least securing some valuable weight early doors. The match continued at a steady pace with fish steadily coming throughout. The fish seeming to push out to the deeper water as the match went on. Ex Gelder employee – Andy Wright putting in another solid shift and produced a real gem of mirror carp, just showing the quality of fish we have in the Lake. A hairy battle with an unseen power house was a highlight, with Big Al having to use pure skill to free a large Carp from the weeds in the dying seconds of the 3.5 hour match!

Bright conditions made the fishing difficult but the weigh in saw plenty of fish of all sizes and colours returned safely.

The highly skilled Barbarians secured third and second place, Big Al taking third and winning biggest fish of the Match, Phil the power Middleton putting a quality bag of hard earned silvers and carp together with the consistency he is well renowned for. Bald Blaydes took first place with a mixed bag of Carp and Orfe caught from various other pegs around the Lake (LOL). Jane Blaydes made a Chocolate cake to mark the occasion that was won in the raffle by Top Rod – Jim Smith.

As always the real winner was the event itself with 65.00 pounds raised for the Brain Tumour Charity.

Thank you to all that attended the match, including the staff and visitors, in particular the Paton family who very kindly gifted a bottle of Champagne for the largest fish of the Day.


2018 Rick Paton Memorial Fishing Competition Winner – Gary Cox

Rick Paton Memorial 2018

This year’s competitors (from the left), Ian Elsey, Gary Cox, Dave Troop, Simon Blaydes, Phil Middleton, Andy Wright, Dave Wass, Jim Smith.

Even though the south wind howled and the rain lashed down; eight excitable men still turned out in high spirits, some had even come home from the pub early Saturday night ready for the big day!

The usual banter ensued as I (Simon Blaydes) commented on the horizontal rain, Phil Middleton kindly reassured me that I didn’t need to worry about the rain as drips don’t get wet! Thanks Phil. The pegs were drawn at random, Dave Troop unbelievably pulling the magical peg 12 ‘’Ricks Peg’’ for the second year running.

By 9.50am time was called and the sky was a blur of hi visibility floats, feeders, pole rigs and catapulted sweetcorn. The match was fairly steady with the weather making presentation challenging! The lads in the sheltered corners got their heads down and were keeping a steady stream of fish coming.

Dave Troop called ‘’time’’ at 1.00pm at that was the end of our third Rick Paton Memorial Match held on 29.07.18.


The match results are as follows :

1st  Gary Cox  – 12lb 6oz PEG 2

2nd Dave Wass – 8lb 2oz PEG 4

3rd Simon Blaydes – 6lb 10oz PEG 8

Interestingly, the match was won last year by Phil Middleton from the same peg 2! £40.00 was raised on the day for our chosen charity, The Brain Tumour Charity.

Especial thanks to Dawn Peel for providing the snack goody bag of treats that kept us all going nicely throughout the match. Also Dave Stainton, John Dennis and Keith Brazier for helping prepare the grounds and lake for the charity event.

Rick Paton Memorial 2018

The 2018 winner, Gary Cox with his catch.

This year’s competitors

  • Philip Middleton – Peg 15
  • Gary Cox – Peg 2
  • Dave Wass – Peg 4
  • Ian Elsey – Peg 5 (THE JUNGLE!)
  • Dave Troop – Peg 12 (Rick’s Peg)
  • Jim Smith – Peg 6
  • Andy Wright (ex Gelder Employee) – Peg 14
  • Simon Blaydes – Peg 8

Charity golf day in aid of Prostate Cancer UK

Charity Golf

The Gelder Golf Team

Our staff support many charities and as a company (and as part of our Vision 2020) we want to be able to support them to pursue their charitable endeavours. So, when Gary Rousseau (Contracts Manager) requested to enter a team in the Charity Golf Day at his local club ‘Blankney‘, the company was delighted to be able to support him and the charity Prostate Cancer UK. The formidable team led by Gary also included Joe Kendal (Surveyor), Paul Staines (Contracts Manager) and Arran Fullwood (Finance Director). On the day Gary commented:

We didn’t perform as well as I hoped on the day with new players Joe and Arran in the ranks, but it was a great day and I was just happy that the company supported us to attend and we were able to raise money for a great charity.

Gelder staff support Nicholsons’ Charity Badminton Tournament


Gelder Group Badminton Team

The annual event organised by Nicholsons Accountants in aid of Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance is not only a worthwhile event to support but one that our team look forward to each year. The team this year consisted of Tom Potter (Apprentice Surveyor), Jo Miller (Claims Manager), Paul Staines (Contracts Manager) and Mathew Kane (IT Technician). While we didn’t manage to ‘place’ at the event the team had a fantastic evening and are looking forward to next year. Congratulations to all who took part in this worthwhile event.

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