Roofing and cladding suppliers, AJW Distribution, held their first ever networking charity event at ‘The Playground’ in Bury St Edmunds last saturday.
With support from suppliers, AJW raised money for its chosen charities of the year; Headway Suffolk & Headway Cambridge. Headway supports people who are recovering from serious head and brain injuries and two of AJW’s staff members have personal first-hand experience of the amazing work that the charities do to help sufferers, and their families, rebuild their lives.
Alan’s Challenge involved teams of between 2-4 people completing 25 individual obstacles spread over the Playground’s 1000m course. To make the challenge harder, each team had a ‘plus one’ in the form of Mini Alan; a cardboard cut-out of AJW’s company mascot (based on the founder and Managing Director, Alan Woods) holding a Velux window.
Teams had to take their Mini Alan over every obstacle and safely get him back to the finish line in the best condition possible. Everyone who took on the course made it round, with some individuals even requesting an individual timed lap.
A number of prizes were given out on the day, which included:
The fastest team – “Hi Roofing” from Cambridge, who made it round in an extremely fast time 9mins & 50 secs.The safest team – went to Headway Suffolk who carried Alan round in the best condition
The booby prize went to AJW’s own Chatteris depot team ‘Dock Road Dabbers’ who managed to completely soak their Mini Alan.
The event was also attended by the chosen charities, with Headway Suffolk team also brave enough to face the obstacle course.
Communications and marketing officer for Headway Suffolk, David Crane, took part and commented: “We were thrilled to be part of AJW Distribution’s assault course charity event. All nine participants from Headway Suffolk thoroughly enjoyed themselves and found out about muscles they never knew they had! We also claimed the best-kept ‘Alan’! It was a great team-bonding exercise.”
“It was a fantastic day – so well organised and professional. AJW, their suppliers and sponsors did themselves proud. It was a pleasure to be part of it, let alone being a beneficiary charity. All monies raised will go to help fund our continued work of supporting local people with acquired brain injuries and neurological conditions.”
Charlotte Woods, AJW Marketing Director commented:“The assault course is a really tough challenge, but nowhere near as tough as the challenge that people recovering from a serious head and brain injury face on a daily basis.
So far we have raised over £1,000 from the raffle which we promoted before and during the event. The teams who took part have been raising money for completing the course and they still have until the 15th October to collect in all of their sponsorship money. We are confident that we will raise at least another £2,000 from those who have been sponsored, which is a fantastic amount for such an important course. “