Tough Challenges for Team OCS

10th Dec 2010

Many of our of staff around the business continue to do a fantastic job in helping to raise money for charities close to their heart, as well as our corporate charity, Cancer Research UK.

Inspired by the plight of an ex-colleague, Paul Smith, the Duty Manager of our contract at Bristol Airport decided to enter an ‘Etape du Tour’ style event in support of The Prostate Cancer Trust. The Etape stage is the toughest leg of the Tour of Britain that the professionals ride, 175km from Minehead to Teignmouth with 3200 metres of tough climbing. During his training, Paul managed to persuade his colleague Anthony Wilson and his Regional Director Marshall Beach to join him at the event and all three successfully completed the gruelling event. Paul, Marshall and Anthony raised a total of £430 for the cause.

Marshall Beach, Paul Smith and Anthony Wilson

From the land to the seas, the second of our charity champion stories takes place in Cardiff, at the Llandaff Rowing Club. A raft race was organised to help raise money for The Joshua Foundation, a Cardiff based national charity that was created in September 1998 to provide holidays and experiences for children with terminal cancer and their families.

The team included Andrew Jones, Neil Cooke, Simon Cooke, John Trew, Drew Blackwell and Richard Whitaker who took the place of captain. With a Viking theme and some rather fetching costumes, the team took to the waters on the raft named “Unsinkable 2”. The race distance was 1000 metres – firstly up stream and then back down to the finish line. There were 18 different rafts taking place and over 125 rowers. For some rowers, just staying afloat was their main aim for the entire race!

The Viking Team on Unsinkable 2

Richard Whitaker commented, “We have helped the BBC with charity events like Children in Need on many occasions and we took part in this race to continue the good work. It also served as a post room team building exercise – we decided to, as they say, ‘Go for it!’”.

While the team did not win the overall race, they did scoop the prize for the best designed raft and were awarded their trophy by songstress Charlotte Church! Overall, it was a fantastic day for all with plenty of things to do for all the family – face painting, bouncy castles, rodeo rides, BBQ and the club house. The post room team has raised over £600 so far.

Over in our Crawley offices, a summer BBQ was held to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Lots of staff got involved in the organisation of the day and Errol Rose would like to thank the following:

  • Chris Ashmore, John the Chef and the team from KBR Leatherhead
  • Phil Sowe – as always the man that can’t do enough for everyone!
  • Eve & Gloria on Reception – selling tickets, making appointments, assisting everyone concerned and for being there!
  • Pat Lefevre for donating numerous prize raffle items
  • Jill Cratchley, Heather Davies and Maggie Maslen for twisting their suppliers’ arms to get some wonderful prizes – and who did a fabulous job presenting and dishing up the food
  • Our directors, Martin Gammon, Graham Gilbert and Peter Goodliffe who braved the weather and did a marvellous job cooking!
  • The lads that carried the shelter around to keep the food (and our directors) dry - Sam, Tony, Russell and Antonio
  • Felicia Canepa for contributing to the day with her massage sessions and donations
  • Laura Harding and Suzanne Aresti for pulling the BBQ together at Crawley.
Peter Goodliffe, Martin Gammon and Graham Gilbert

Big thanks also go to everyone who bought tickets and contributed to the day’s events. Keep up the good work everyone and well done for all those who contributed to the recent fund raisers.

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