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28th April 2017
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Embarking on personal challenges to raise money for charity
Better Bathrooms' David Ockerby (Warehouse, Didcot), James Kennedy (Video Department, Glazebury), and Patrick O'Shea (Customer Services, Glazebury), have all raised money for charity by running in either the London Marathon or the Great Manchester Run.
We've all dreamed of it, crossing the finish line after that gruelling 26.2 mile slog - and for David that what he did on Sunday when he ran the London Marathon.
"Everyone at Didcot and Better Bathrooms, has been incredibly supportive, I recently organised a local cake sale/ raffle in my spare time and the guys from the warehouse came down and showed their support - in one day I raised £500. It means a lot to me to have everyone's support and it helped me conquer the 26.2 miles."
David is raising money for PSPA: Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. PSP is a rare and progressive condition where increasing numbers of brain cells become damaged over time.
Patrick set himself a massive personal challenge when he signed up for the Great Manchester Run. "I never thought I would be able to run a 50 metres, never mind 10K!" he admits. "In January I was running for one minute than walking for one minute in a 30 minute period, I can now run continually for over an hour. Since I started training I have lost 24lbs - this challenge has changed my life - although I have had a few accidents... I fell over a cat and hit my head on a canal bridge - but it is worth it."
James is also taking part in the Great Manchester Run: "I am running the Manchester 10k to raise money for Diabetes which my father has and my Nana had," he says. "She recently passed away so I am running in her memory. I have run the Great Manchester Run before, but this one will mean a lot to me due to my Nana, I want to do this for her and help others out there who suffer with Diabetes.
At Better Bathrooms we like to support our staff any way we can, be it helping staff to the next level of their career, sending them on courses or helping them achieve personal charity fundraising goals," says the company. "Staff can apply to the in-house Charity Pot, where there is £2,500 up for grabs each quarter. Whether it's growing a 'tashe for Movember or sitting in a bath of beans, we help our staff smash their targets."
Following their charity pot requests, Better Bathrooms has donated nearly £2,000 to the trio.
If you would like to find out more information about the challenges or sponsor any or all three, visit their Just Giving pages at:
22nd May 2015