Back to News?

Bennett Opie sponsor the NSPCC’s Gherkin Challenge

Fine food producer and distributor Bennett Opie Ltd has announced that they will be a main sponsor for the NSPCC’s Gherkin Challenge, which takes place on Sunday 6th September 2015. One of Opies’ long-standing and most popular lines are Cocktail Gherkins, so it is therefore fitting that Bennett Opie support The Gherkin Challenge. The money raised from the challenge will help support the charity’s work protecting children and young people across the UK and preventing abuse.

A team from Bennett Opie will also be limbering up to take part in the challenge, where participants climb 38 floors to the top of iconic London skyscraper, The Gherkin. It takes an average of 11 minutes to reach the top, during which time 26 children will have contacted the NSPCC’s ChildLine Service. Once at the top, runners can enjoy the panoramic views of the capital from the exclusive Searcy’s bar, whilst sipping on a well-deserved glass of bubbly, and if they wish, a cocktail gherkin!

Managing Director at Bennett Opie Limited, William Opie, said: “We are pleased to support the NSPCC and its fantastic Gherkin Challenge. It is so appropriate for us, given the association between the location of the event and one of our signature lines. As well as sponsoring the challenge, we have a team in training who will be competing against one another to see who reaches the top first, as well as who can raise the most money to help end child cruelty.”

NSPCC Head of Participation Events, Victoria Kellaway, said: “We’re delighted to have Bennett Opie on board as our sponsor for The Gherkin challenge – it’s a very fitting link to our much-loved challenge event at 30 St Mary Axe, which we all know as The Gherkin! We’re also thrilled that they will be entering a team to race to the top, helping to raise money to support our services like ChildLine, so that we can be there for more children and young people across the UK, whatever their worry, whenever they need help.”

Last year Opies sold almost 1.1million jars of gherkins, which if stacked end to end, would be 660 times higher than the Gherkin building.

To sponsor the team, visit For further information or to register for The Gherkin Challenge as a team or individual, visit Registrations will be open until 23:59 on Tuesday 1 September. 


Splat provides food PR services to Bennett Opie, fine food producer and distributor