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Companies up and down the country are well-versed in the art of the charity 10K run or Tough Mudder challenge. A popular and effective way to raise money, these events are also seen as key team building exercises. But what do you do when your teams work nearly 300 miles apart …?
Earlier this year, the ROSEN Group, a leading provider of cutting-edge integrity solutions, applied its problem-solving skills to this conundrum. The result? A long-distance charity bike ride, which saw participants from the company’s Newcastle and Aberdeen offices face the challenge of cycling from one to the other over the last weekend in June.
In aid of the North of England Children’s Cancer Research fund (NECCR) – based in Newcastle – and Charlie House – based in Aberdeen – ten ROSEN colleagues (accompanied by their dedicated support team) donned their cycling gear and headed north from Newcastle via Alnwick, Kelso, Edinburgh and Braemar before arriving in Aberdeen on July 1 via the Dee Valley.
Intrepid team member and ROSEN Business Development Manager Paul Birkinshaw commented: “ROSEN’s UK operation continues to grow, with a 30% increase in personnel in Newcastle alone, over the past 24 months. A challenge like this, which unites staff from various departments, is invaluable to us.
“The impact upon daily business cannot be underestimated; to simultaneously raise funds for two outstanding charities, crucial to the areas in which we operate, is the icing on the cake.”
Carrie Brookes of NECCR added: “We are so grateful to our friends at ROSEN, who not only support us by being sponsors of NECCR but also go the extra mile in their staff fundraising with epic efforts like this. The money raised will go towards developing new treatments for childhood cancer and helping improve survival rates.”