This International Day of Charity we talk about the great efforts that staff at Tunstall have made over the Summer to raise money for charities of their choice.

Leggin’ it in Leeds

In May, Our Director of HR, Gemma Dale ran the Leeds Half Marathon to raise funds for Retrak Charity.

“I completed Leeds half marathon in support of Retrak Charity.  I first learned about Retrak and their work from a good friend who is a trustee. They work across Africa and America with vulnerable children.  Their mission is a world in which no child has to live on the streets.  Later this year 10 HR professionals are heading out to Uganda to volunteer for a week.  I couldn’t make that, but wanted to do something to help, so I decided to run for them.

I often take part in running events, but it is a little different when you a running for a charity.  I was more careful than usual not to get an injury and to prepare well for the event to make sure I didn’t let them down.  Overall I raised nearly £600 for a fab charity, and was very touched to be so well supported by friends and colleagues.“

Going the extra mile

Back in April, Head of Quality Dave Kellett comDave Kellettpleted the Manchester Marathon to raise funds for his charity of choice – Marie Curie.

“On the day all the excuses had been taken away, the weather was perfect, the course was flat and the training had been done, under 5 hours was the target.

The other major incentive to do well on the day was the amount of sponsorship from my colleagues at Tunstall for my chosen charity – Marie Curie. Between them, they had pledged £512.50, a brilliant amount and quite a responsibility to deliver. This would fund many hours of Marie Curie nursing time needed by people living with any terminal illness, and their families.

On the day it was the usual story, a race of 2 halves, the first 20miles and the final 6.2.

Pictures show I had time to play up to the cameras after 6 miles, and a different story with 1 mile to go.

Finish time 4hours and 56 minutes – mission accomplished.”

Making a splash

In June, Marketing’s EmGreat North Swimily Proctor and HR’s Nichola Hooper set out to swim the Great North Swim.

“The Great North Swim – a 1 mile circuit around Lake Windermere in the Lake District. Both of us had done a little open water swimming in the past – but we were very rusty and had done a couple of practice laps around a smaller lake in Wakefield to get prepared for the cold water.

We were raising money for 2 separate charities, Nichola for Macmillan and I was fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society. Most people thought we were mad for taking on the task, especially my friends who know I am stroppy when cold and wet and I don’t like the dark (the lake was black when you put your face into the water to swim front crawl) so we were really pleased with the amounts we raised together.

On the day, the water was actually rather ‘warm’ at 18 degrees and it was quite still – we only had to fight against occasional currents when the ferries were going past at a distance. Our aim was to do the swim within around 45 minutes and we did! Nichola achieving a great time of 36.48 and me in 39.18 – next year, Loch Lomond in Scotland!”

Emily raised £535 for Alzheimer’s Society and Nichola raised £152 for Macmillan.

Fundraising is no obstacle for the Tunstall project team

Back in MaProject panthersy, the Tunstall project team took out an Obstacle course to raise money for FPIES UK.

“On the 14th May, 8 members of the Project Delivery Team (AKA Project Panthers!) participated in the Gung-Ho 5k Obstacle run in Leeds to raise money for FPIES UK. It was a sunny warm day and the inflatable obstacles were a challenge but we all managed to make it round and finish in style jumping down a 5 storey, 200ft long slide! We are pleased to report that we raised £615 (+ £113.75 gift aid) for this small but important charity, smashing our £500 target! Thank you to all who supported us.”