Birmingham bosses to get gunged in chocolate for charity

Top Brummie bosses are giving staff the chance to gunge them in chocolate this month (October) – but it’s all in the name of charity.

The countdown is on for business leaders taking part in Birmingham St Mary’s ‘Chocolate Gunge Tank’ at Brindleyplace Chocival – the city’s only chocolate festival – on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October, while employees get ready to pull the lever and cover them from head to toe in the tasty treat.

Carl Potter, Senior Director at GVA, said:

With just over a week to go, colleagues and I are already counting down to when I get gunged. Whilst I’ve never done anything like this before, I thought it would be a good-natured, fun way of encouraging employees to raise money for such a worthy cause.

Alongside GVA, representatives from EY, Park Regis, Brewin and Dolphin, ACJ Accounting, Lloyds, DAC Beachcroft, Communities and Local Government, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Mazars, Santander, ADI, Rice Media, HSBC, Xoserve, FBC Manby Bowdler, Paycare, Marriot Hotels and more will all be taking the plunge for the charity. 

All sponsorship will go towards Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice – one of Brindleyplace’s charity partners – which provides vital care and support to local families living with terminal illness. 

Charlotte Anson, corporate partnerships manager at Birmingham St Mary’s, said:

I would like to thank all the bosses that have signed up so far, as well as the staff that have got behind them with sponsorship. It costs £22,000 to run our services each day and so every donation really does make a difference. All the money raised will go towards the Hospice, helping us reach even more individuals, families and carers living across Birmingham and Sandwell.

Nathan Sanghera, Marketing and Events Executive at Brindleyplace, said:

It’s fantastic to see some of Birmingham’s biggest bosses get involved and sign up for the Chocolate Gunge Tank at this year’s Chocival. There’s going to be lots to see and do on the day – even if you’re not pulling the lever – so make sure you come down to Brindleyplace to join in the fun and help us raise some money for a great cause.

The Chocolate Gunge Tank will be at Chocival at Brindleyplace from Friday 20 October (3pm to 5pm) to Saturday 21 October (11am to 3pm). The festival is free to attend and will have a number of stalls selling indulgent and unusual chocolate products, as well as entertainment, live music and cookery demonstrations.

To find out more about this year’s Chocival visit

To find out more about Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, visit:



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