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    Ground Control raises over £1,000 for World Cancer Day

    Award-winning commercial grounds maintenance contractor Ground Control has raised over £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.

    The company’s staff came to work dressed as super heroes and Disney characters in aid World Cancer Day on Thursday, 4 February 2016.

    Managing director Marcus Watson as Captain America

    Ground Control raised a total of £1,600 which is a new fundraising record for the company, including £153 sponsorship for Marcus Watson, managing director, to dress up as Captain America.

    Money was also raised from Unity Bands, cakes, sweets, bingo and raffle tickets and staff also took part in ‘how many marshmallows can you fit in your mouth’ game, won by Dan Bridgen.

    A prize for the best dressed Ground Control member included a three course meal at Prezzo for two with wine and was awarded to operational systems manager James Harris for his Princess Leia costume.

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    Best Dressed James Harris as Princess Leia

    Ground Control was established in 1973 as a grounds maintenance company and became a limited company in 1984.

    Its first commercial contract was to provide grounds maintenance to three Tesco stores and has grown to 600 stores.

    The company won its first national contract in 2003 for 1,600 Royal Mail sites and acquired Moray Landscapes in Scotland in 2005 to provide in-house expertise in winter maintenance.

    In 2010, Ground Control acquired Vale Contract Services as a strategic acquisition into the public sector domain, serving councils, housing associations, education and emergency services.

    Ground Control’s client base now includes national or large regional contracts for Tesco, Sainsbury’s, The Co-op, Morrison’s, Halfords, Toys R Us, B&Q, Waitrose and Fitness First in the retail sector, along with Thames Water, Severn Trent Water and Anglian Water in the utilities sector, and Royal Mail, Lincoln Council, Basildon NHS, Defence and various schools in the public sector.


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