Supporting the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust started as a charity of the year commitment in 2011 however, the work done by the Trust is so valuable that we as a company are committed to supporting this fantastic charity.  Supporting the trust has injected so much value back into our company, as well as the lives of our employees, that we decided to make a firm commitment and adopt them as our official charity.

Here at Red Industries we believe in making a real contribution to charity, especially a charity like the Donna Louise that offers such wonderful care and support to the families of terminally ill children in our local communities.  Each and every one of our employees has volunteered at some stage to take part in raising both funding and awareness for the Trust.

As the summer of 2013 draws to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on what we like to think of as a successful year of fundraising challenges.  There have been a variety of events run throughout the year; from our annual football match, to a monthly challenge run by Plant Manager, Sean Ratcliffe.  Sean has challenged his team to increase pedestrian safety awareness and a successful month, leads to a donation being made to the Trust in their name.  We recognise the benefit of this type of team work challenge and have been delighted with the continued efforts from all employees.

Some of our staff  have been incredibly motivated this year and the personal challenges they have undertaken have been really successful, we felt that the individuals involved deserved a special mention:

Site Manager, Gavin Stephens, took on the 3 peaks challenge.  This was a real test of stamina as participants have to scale the highest mountain in Scotland, England and Wales all in less than 24 hours.  Gavin, along with his 2 teammates, completed the 3 peaks successfully and managed to raise £150 for the Donna Louise.  Not content with this achievement, Gavin has already signed up to compete in the Zurich Ironman event next July.  We are so pleased to see this kind of commitment to the Trust and wish him every success with his challenge.

Project Co-ordinator, Darren Haywood competed in the Beaver Half Ironman challenge this year, with a fundraising target of £300.  Darren successfully completed the challenge and even managed to raise more than his target sum.  He has been incredibly committed to supporting the Trust and has already signed up to compete at Challenge Roth next July.  Roth is the largest Ironman event held in Europe and represents a gruelling physical challenge, we wish Darren continued success in fundraising challenge.

Chief Executive, Adam Share is one of our main fundraisers and he can always be relied on to put himself through a tough personal challenge in his efforts to raise money for the Trust.  Adam is a real champion for the cause and managed to raise £3,600.00 this year for his efforts at the Beaver Half Ironman challenge.  We are pleased to announce that Adam has also registered to compete at Challenge Roth and as it is the biggest European Ironman event, he really couldn’t have picked a bigger challenge.

As a company we are proud to say that our directors and managers really do lead by example.  We hope that their continued efforts will encourage others to take on a challenge or two next year.  We really do think it’s been an incredible year and we have been really impressed by the efforts of all Red Industries employees, their friends and families, who have all adopted the Trust as their own charity.  Here at Red we remain committed to the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust and pledge to continue putting in a real company wide effort, to raise them as much funding as we possibly can.