21 May 2013

Newcross employees raise incredible amount for charity!

We are proud to say that Newcross has the privilege of employing some of the most dedicated and conscientious members of staff. Our employees are regularly participating in a variety of charitable events, and are always seeking ways in which they can give back to their local community.

The month of May has seen two members of staff from our Head Office in Berry Pomeroy competing in sporting events in aid of some fantastic causes. Our HR Director, Tracy O'Kennedy, travelled to East Sussex to take part in the Action DIVA cycling event, whilst Healthcare Recruiter Elly Dickinson joined hundreds of other dedicated women in the Torbay Race for Life.

The Action DIVA event, which raises money on behalf of Action Medical Research for Children, was held on the 11th May and saw Tracy competing in the gruelling 'Champion' discipline; a 65 mile course which tested her dedication and required extreme levels of endurance. Tracy raised a brilliant £290 for Action DIVA, which will go towards the noble cause of helping to transform the lives of sick or disabled children.

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Tracy O'Kennedy after completing the gruelling event

After a steady yet brisk start in the pouring rain, Tracy was faced with the unenviable task of traversing 20 miles of steep hills before having to complete the final stretches riding into a strong headwind. With such unfavourable conditions, Tracy was surely glad to see the finish line with her supportive family cheering her on from the sidelines. Tracy completed the 105 kilometre route in an admirable time of just over 7 hours, however she is already planning her next charitable event and claims there is 'still room for improvement'!

A week later, Elly Dickinson joined the wave of tenacious runners, each determined to 'Show cancer who's boss' under the banners of Cancer Research and Race for Life. The 5 kilometre course was host to runners, walkers and even dancers, with many competing in costume as well. Elly finished with an excellent time of 33 minutes, receiving a medal for her efforts and raised the fantastic amount of £65 for the cause!

We are incredibly proud of the efforts both Elly and Tracy went to, and their commendable dedication to enter further charitable events. Whilst the events may be over, you can still donate to Action DIVA here, or to Elly's Race for Life page here. We would like to offer our congratulations on their efforts, knowing that their fundraising and involvement will contribute to two truly exceptional causes.