Employees who volunteered were entertained throughout the evening by balloonists and face painters who kept everybody in high spirits. Staff were also rewarded for all their hard work with a treat of a massage and a manicure which kept people smiling all night. Saracens rugby player Justin Melck, even popped in to wish all of the volunteers good luck and joined in with activities too.

“We are delighted to once again be able to support Children in Need and the fantastic work it does,” said Kirsty Wardlaw, Marketing Communications & CSR Executive at Allianz Global Assistance. “This event has become a highlight on our calendar. The enthusiasm and commitment from our staff is overwhelming; they pulled out all the stops and created an amazing fundraising atmosphere. The support from local businesses has also been very positive and it is fantastic that they all continue to get behind such a good cause.”

Many local businesses made donations to keep the volunteers going and reward them for all their hard work. These included Nestle, Scrumpchinos, Costco, Unilever, Body Shop and Crystal Palace Football Club. The famous Cronx Brewery in Croydon also stopped serving Royalty for the evening and joined in with the fundraising fun.

Serge Corel, Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Global Assistance in the UK and Ireland, said, “We have supported Children in Need for many years and this was our first since our rebrand to become Allianz Global Assistance. It was fantastic to see that our employees are as dedicated as ever to raising money for fantastic causes. We are all extremely proud and know that we will continue to support this event for many years to come.”