As a company that takes pride in raising money for both local (Sheffield's Childrens Hospital, The Besom Sheffield) and international charities (Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dentaid), we're planning to make 2018 even bigger and better than before!
Following on from our 2017 Charity ball - that saw over £2500 raised for our current charity of the year, Dentaid - and our Christmas charity walk (supported by our big bosses to encourage us to be stronger and fitter!) we have a number of other events in the pipeline, both individually and as a team.
The list is constantly being added to, but the most recent pledge is a team member that is going to be peddling hard for a whole 200km. Read on to hear her story.
200km - all in the name of charity...
Writing this down means it is all very real and I cannot drop out: I am going to be cycling from London (Hackney) to the Suffolk coast. 200km, no less. And in the dark.
My cycle to work is just over 7km. Easy transition right?! Errrmmm...not convinced. What I am convinced at though is that to raise money for such a worthwhile charity, I need to push myself out of my comfort zone...and this definitely does just that.
The event takes place on Saturday the 28th/Sunday 29th of July, where a full moon helps to ease navigation (it's only semi-organised...you have to navigate yourself) and light the roads that get progressively smaller and darker as you leave the bright lights of the city...
I'll be keeping you up to date with my journey - so watch these pages :-)
Our charity efforts: December 2017
Sadly unable to sign up for the Children's 5k Night Walk, we decided to be proactive and do our own version...with a few extra stops along the way. Raising £300 for charity, we think we did ok!
Wanting to do something to raise funds for our local Children's Hospital, a number of our team put their names down for Theo's Glow Run - a 5k night walk around Endcliffe Park. Sadly, it was not to be, as spaces sold out quickly! Instead, we decided that we would carry out the walk anyway...making up our own route that covered almost twice the distance!
Donning our festive spirits, our garish jumpers and, for some of us, our slightly dubious-looking Santa hats, we left the S4S building and strode out into the night. It was cold, but thankfully dry, as we pounded the Sheffield streets.
With twelve staff members taking part, some of which self-confessed couch potatoes, the route was challenging...taking us up steep slopes over a large distance. Following a quick beverage stop half way, we eagerly continued on our journey. Mainly downhill, this stretch was much easier and spirits were high.
Our last stop took us to our local pub, where we enjoyed a final drink before heading off to bed for a much-needed rest!
The festive event raised £300 for the hospital and Theo's cause. Well done us!