A TEAM from SR Timber has signed up to run a half-marathon this September – and they are throwing down the gauntlet to other companies in the roofing industry to join them and see who can raise the most money for charity.
The four-strong team, led by newest recruit Mark Parkes, has signed up for the Richmond Runfest Half Marathon – a British Heart Foundation (BHF) event on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2019.
Trading Manager Mark said that the team at the North Nottinghamshire-based company looked at the list of BHF fundraising events this year and the Richmond Runfest stood out as a good team-building opportunity– and the idea of challenging others in the roofing industry snowballed from there.
Mark, who was an Acting Staff Sergeant in the Parachute Regiment before he joined SR Timber, said the friendly rivalry of challenging other businesses may be the springboard to raising even more money for charity.
Mark said, “A half-marathon will be a challenge for some of the team at SR Timber, and we know that we can raise a lot of money for the BHF – but if we know we’re competing against others from the industry, it’ll spur us on to be the first team across the line and the ones who present the BHF with the biggest amount.
“We’d love to hear from anyone from right across the industry – from timber importers to merchants to roofing contractors and housebuilders – who are up for the challenge of running a half-marathon and raising money for a lifesaving cause.”
Teams from SR Timber have previously climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and driven in a rally across Europe – raising more than £10,000 for a number of charities.
Trading Director Shaun Revill explained that the company’s close partnership with the BHF is a move towards a consistent approach to its fundraising efforts and also raising awareness around an issue of heart and circulatory disease that still kills one in four people in the UK.
“We’ve done some landmark fundraising events in the last few years but we are now doing things on a more regular basis – and often tying in with events on the BHF’s calendar,” said Shaun.
“Mark has joined us with bags of enthusiasm and the half-marathon is right up his street. It’ll be brilliant to be part of a BHF event and it’s great for developing relationships in our industry by working together – fuelled by friendly rivalry – to raise as much money as possible for something that affects people from every walk of life.”
Anyone wanting to accept the challenge can contact Mark on MarkParkes@sr-timber.com.