Climbing new heights for cancer charity

Time 6:00 am, June 9, 2015

Rob Richardson (key accounts manager), Adele Heatlie (sales), Sam Harrison (business intelligence analyst) and Neil Richardson (sales manager)

Rob Richardson (key accounts manager), Adele Heatlie (sales), Sam Harrison (business intelligence analyst) and Neil Richardson (sales manager)

A TEAM of eight enthusiastic employees from Close Brothers Motor Finance is taking on an extreme three-part challenge to climb Ben Nevis, cycle 25 miles and then canoe across Loch Lochy in a bid to raise vital funds for their charity partner, Cancer Research UK.

The dedicated team have already been hard at work training for the challenge that will take place on June 20. In total, they are aiming to raise £12,000 to support the charity.

Team captain Rob Richardson said: ‘We are all very excited about taking part in the Ben Nevis challenge. However, the prospect of climbing the highest mountain in the British Isles, then cycling 25 miles and canoeing across a Loch is quite daunting and it will certainly push us to our limits.

‘We have organised a number of fundraising activities in the run-up to the challenge including a static bike ride covering the distance from York to New York, donation stations and dress-down days.

‘We’ve been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of everyone so far, including Trust Ford, who have kindly supplied us with a nine-seater minibus to transport the team to and from the challenge.’

The team is made up of employees from across the UK including Adele Heatlie, Sam Harrison and David Grieve, who are based at the company’s head office in Doncaster, Nick Delaney from Sheffield, Rob Richardson from Northampton, Neil Richardson from York, Laura Frak from Swindon and Mareta Davies from Northern Ireland. 

close brothers motor financeJames Broadhead, the CEO of Close Brothers Motor Finance, said: ‘It’s great to see everyone getting involved and challenging themselves to support this very worthy cause. We’ve been charity partners with Cancer Research UK for just over a year now and so far we’ve raised over £33,600 in total. 

‘We took part in a Close Brothers Group charity week in May which saw employees from across all areas of the business joining in. We organised a host of activities, from a silent auction to win extra holiday days, to a group-wide charity quiz, and it was a great success.’

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Colin is a former editor of Car Dealer. He left the magazine in August 2015.

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