JLL treasure hunt brings riches for Exeter Leukaemia Fund

A treasure hunt around Southernhay, organised by the Exeter office of property consultancy JLL, has raised £380 for Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF) – a local charity that supports people affected by leukaemia, lymphoma and other blood conditions.

Eight teams from businesses across Exeter took part in JLL’s first Southernhay Treasure Hunt, each battling it out to be the first team back to base having successfully solved all the clues. The winning team was from financial company Investec Wealth & Investment.

Each team that completed the treasure hunt was awarded a gift bag containing Easter chocolates and a mini iPhone speaker donated by Exeter law firm OTB Eveling. JLL also ran a raffle and cake sale as part of the event.

Raffle prizes included a ‘champagne afternoon tea’ for two donated by The Southgate Hotel, vouchers worth £50 donated by The Cosy Club and a steak dinner for two with a bottle of wine donated by The Magdalen Chapter, plus many more.

ELF has been a registered charity since 1987. Over the past 25 years, it has spent more than £4.5 million improving the lives of thousands of people diagnosed with blood conditions across the South West.

Abi Palmer-Greenwood, office manager at JLL in Exeter, said: “ELF is a charity very close to my heart. It has been supporting my sister for over four years and has made a huge difference to her and our families’ lives so I was delighted when my colleagues chose it as our local charity. The money raised yesterday will go towards funding vital new equipment and research, as well as the provision of care for those affected by blood conditions.”

Tracy Milton, communications manager at Elf continued: “We are overwhelmed by the number of people who turned out to support ELF and helped us raise this significant amount of money.

“For many people suffering a blood condition such as leukaemia or lymphoma, stem cell donation is the only course of treatment available. As well as raising the profile of ELF, we hope this event will encourage more people to join the stem cell register which is currently very small.”

The work ELF undertakes complements that of the Anthony Nolan Trust, a charity that supports stem cell donors and their families.