As we have passed the half way point of the year, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with an update regarding all of the exciting things that have been taking place in order to raise funds for our chosen charity partner, Children’s Hospice, South West (CHSW).  In addition to company-wide events, there have been some outstanding personal achievements that we would like to celebrate.

Christine Found

After telling her children about Children’s Hospice Southwest (CHSW) and the amazing support and care that they provide for children and their families, Christine and her children wanted to get involved.  They decided that they would take part in the annual Rainbow Run organised by the charity. It was an ideal choice as the children could take part, have fun and most importantly raise sponsorship for the Charity.

The event is known as the “brightest 5k around”, with teams and individuals walking, jogging or running 5k dressed in white whilst being covered in powder paint of every colour of the rainbow on the way round. Christine and her children raised £150.00 for CHSW – well done!

Martyn Brown

Martyn and his friend (and client) Steve Foxhall, cycled over 205 miles from St Austell to Bristol over 3 days in July. They stopped overnight in Bideford on the Friday and Taunton on the Sunday, climbing some very big hills along the way!

They showed amazing dedication to the charity, not only in competing the ride but also in the gruelling schedule training they completed in the months beforehand, in order to increase their stamina and strength so that they could complete this amazing challenge. Well done to you both.

Between them they have raised over £1,000 for CHSW and Steve’s Just Giving page is still open if anyone would like to show their appreciation for their efforts. https://www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Foxhall1?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Stephen-Foxhall1&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=MNDd3W7QB. The reason Steve set up the ‘Just Giving’ page in the first place is that HSBC (who he works for) has very generously offered to match his fundraising 1 for 1 for everything he collects.

Martyn and Steve would like to thank everyone for their kind generosity in helping them raise such an amazing amount of money. Here is Steve’s account of their adventure:

“Our journey started 8.30am at the little Harbour Hospice in St Austell, the challenge for the day was to reach Bideford 75 miles away. I forgot just how many hills there are in Cornwall. I lost count after 22 hills with gradients over 15% before we finally crossed Bodin Moor and found lunch at Hallworthy. At last some flatter roads and a pleasant descent into Bideford.

 

Day 2, along the Tarka trail to the Little Bridge Hospice. Greeted by the residents and staff and spurred on by a rendition of Status Quo, “Cycling All Over The World”!!! With the photo opportunity complete just the small task of climbing up onto Exmoor. Need I say it, more hill climbs, this time Garmin measured 23% gradients. A well-earned lunch at Exebridge, before the final climb over the moor to Appley before the descent into Taunton.

 

Day 3, at last some flat riding across the Somerset levels, but just for good measure the iconic Cheddar Gorge to climb before lunch. Our final destination was the Charlton Farm Hospice on the outskirts of Bristol. What a welcome from the residents, families and all involved with the Hospice’s. We cycled 205 miles, climber over 5000 metres and every turn of the pedal was worth it.

A fantastic experience for a fantastic charity, no word of a lie, there was hardly a dry eye when one of the parents shared their experience after dinner on the first night. A big thank you from us and all involved with the Hospice for your sponsorship, kind donations and support.”

Alan Oakley

Earlier in the year we saw Alan Oakley, complete his first marathon in aid of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). Despite having run a couple of half marathons previously, taking on the epic challenge of a full marathon is still a dauting prospect, even for the most experienced of runners.

Alan commented: “Committing to run for such a great charity is such a rewarding experience. It was certainly a challenge, especially at the 22-mile point when my legs started to seize up. However, the support carried me on, and I was delighted to cross the finish line in just over 4 hours and 35 minutes.”

Great job Alan and thank you for raising over £360 for CHSW!

 

Adam Holmes, Alan Oakley and Edward Whiting

Many of you probably heard about the crazy idea that Adam, Alan and Edward had right back in March, about jumping out of a plane at 15,000 feet to raise money for CHSW.

Despite bad weather hampering their efforts initially, they 3 brave fundraisers took to the skies and overcame their trepidation, to perform a white knuckle, smile inducing, adrenaline jump.

They managed to raise an awe-inspiring amount for the charity, almost £3,500.

 

Some final words…

“So far the total stands at £4,712.52, to give this some context, £4,500 could pay for the food bill at one of our hospices for 6-weeks. A fantastic effort from all involved” – Amanda Gallagher, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser, CHSW.

“We are so proud of the team here at Grosvenor and the efforts that they have put into supporting our charity partner so far this year.  Well done to everyone and here’s to another incredible 6 months filled with fun and fundraising” – Ben Olson, Managing Director, Grosvenor Consultancy.

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