Running for VICTA – thank you

We’d like to thank everyone who kindly supported our Team Highfield runners who took part in the Virgin Money London Marathon this April.

Our team got out their running shoes (again) this spring to take on the gruelling 26 miles and 365 yards course on what was one of the hottest days of the year.

And this year they raised an incredible £20,000 (including a £7500 contribution from Highfield itself) for VICTA, which works to provide equipment, services and events that help blind and visually impaired children and young people develop socially, emotionally and educationally, as well as offering their parents a vital network of support and information

As well as being a fantastic team effort, we wanted to give a special shout out to those who had never taken part in a marathon before, all of whom (Lee-Ann, Jennie, Rachel and Nicky) would like to pass on their thanks for helping them in their journey from complete marathon novices right up until crossing the finishing line.

For more information on VICTA, go to www.victa.org.uk    

Plain sailing for Highfield in support of VICTA

Ahoy there! Last week, five of our intrepid Highfield staff set off for the high seas of north west Scotland in support of VICTA.

The team spent five days crewing a tall ship with a team of registered blind/visually impaired (VI) young adults, helping with the helming, going aloft, setting sails, cooking, cleaning and even climbing the 30-metre mast!

Of course, we didn’t let them loose on a tall ship alone, so they were guided in their adventure under the watchful eye of the experienced crew from the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST), who are the operators of the only two fully accessible tall ships in the world – the STS Lord Nelson and the SV Tenacious.

Departing from Oban on 17 June 2019, they toured the islands of north west Scotland, taking in various ports along the way before returning safely on 23 June 2019.

It was a great experience for all, and a real-life changing opportunity. So, on behalf of all our intrepid sailors, we’d like to thank you all for supporting us with raising hundreds of pounds for this amazing charity!

If you’d like to find out more or make a donation yourself, go to the fundraising page

Meanwhile, you can check out the pictures in our Facebook gallery!

 

Highfield duo celebrate successful year with VICTA

Our very own tireless charity fundraisers Hollie Nasralla and Ellie Cowin got the chance to kick off their heels and enjoy themselves as they attended the VICTA Christmas Party on 23 November to help celebrate another successful year of fundraising for the charity.

The party coincided with the launch of the VICTA activities calendar for 2019, providing everyone with the perfect opportunity to volunteer for different activities or even generate an interest in new families who want to get involved with the charity.

VICTA works to provide equipment, services and events that help blind and visually impaired children and young people develop socially, emotionally and educationally, as well as offering their parents a vital network of support and information.

It’s also Highfield’s chosen charity, and to date we’ve raised nearly £50,000 to support them through various activities.

So here’s some pics from the party, as well as some pics from Hollie and Ellie doing a great job with the kids at an early years weekend they supported in October.

For more information on VICTA, click here

If you would like to support us in our fundraising, click here.  

We’re running the London Marathon for VICTA!

The Highfield team will be running the London Marathon again this year to raise money for VICTA.

And Highfield MD Chris Sprenger will be running the entire distance (we hope!) dressed as a ZombieGerm! 

To find out more, click on the video below. Or if you’d like to donate, go to Team ZombieGerm’s Virgin Money Giving page.

VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action) works to provide equipment, services and events that help blind and visually impaired children and young people develop socially, emotionally and educationally, as well as offering their parents a vital network of support and information. It has been Highfield’s chosen charity since 2013, with tens of thousands of pounds raised to date.  

For more information on VICTA click here.

Highfield Christmas closing dates 2017

‘He’s making a list and checking it twice; Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice‘…yes, it’s nearly Christmas, which means the tree is up, the festive jumpers are on and the mince pies are doing the rounds in the Highfield office (so many mince pies…!). 
 
But that also means we’re nearly upon our annual shutdown for the Christmas period. We’ll be closing at 5.30 pm on Thursday 21 December 2017, and reopening on Tuesday 2 January 2018. Unfortunately that also means any enquiries we receive between these dates won’t be responded to until the office reopens. 
 
If you have orders that are urgent and you require before Christmas, please make them before 1 pm on Wednesday 20 December 2017. These orders will be dispatched on a next-delivery.
 
If your order isn’t that urgent but you still need it delivered over the Christmas period, be sure to place it before 2 pm on Thursday 21 December 2017. Any orders placed after this won’t be dispatched until the New Year. 

As always, we’d like to thank you for your continued support over the last 12 months, in which we’ve been recognised as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) for apprenticeships, and took one of the top prizes at the Learning Technologies Awards in November for our e-learning. The awards are one the biggest in Europe, and open to some of the most famous digital names in the world, but the Highfield team beat them all to take the gold in the ‘Best use of learning technologies to ensure compliance’ category.

We also raised many more thousands of pounds for our chosen charity, Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA), and the important work they do. If you’d like to find out more or maybe make a donation yourself, go to www.victa.org.uk 

So finally, on behalf of the entire Highfield team, have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

All hands on deck for VICTA

Doncaster Dragon Boat ChallengeIt was all hands on deck this July as the intrepid Highfield team took to the water for the annual Doncaster Dragon Boat Challenge to raise money for VICTA

Held for the eighth consecutive year on Saturday 15 July 2017 at Doncaster Lakeside, the event saw Highfield’s hardy sea salts racing their ornately decorated 30-foot Chinese dragon boat against other teams from across the region – also raising money for charity – for the coveted title of Dragon Boat Champions.

Each team consisted of 10 rowers and a drummer of mixed ages and abilities, who raced over a 250 metre course three times.  Last year the teams raised an impressive £15,000 for their chosen charities, with a similar amount expected this year once all donations are collected. 

In addition to the on-water action, spectators were also able to enjoy a range of attractions and entertainment including fun fair rides, craft and charity stalls, along with plenty of food and drink. 

Kirsty Mackell, Highfied’s charity coordinator, said, ‘We had a great day at the Doncaster Dragon Boat Challenge and raised £400 for VICTA so far, so it was a double success.

The dragon boat race has proven to be one of the highlights of our annual fundraising activities, and I’d really like to thank all the team who took part – staff members as well as friends and family – who all helped make the day happen.

I’d also like to give a special mention to those who didn’t venture out onto the lake but did an equally important job of running our stall and tombola stand with prizes donated by Highfield’s distribution centre, raising a magnificent £60′. 

VICTA works to provide equipment, services and events that help blind and visually impaired children and young people develop socially, emotionally and educationally, as well as offering their parents a vital network of support and information. It has been Highfield’s chosen charity since 2013, with around £35,000 raised to date.   

You can still donate to the team at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/highfieldrockingtheboat

 

Lord-Lieutenant marks Doncaster business’s Queen’s awards

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire Mr Andrew Coombe, The Queen’s personal representative, was on official duty this October as he marked a Doncaster-based business’s achievement of the Queen’s Award.

Directors from the Highfield Group were presented with a crystal bowl and commemorative certificate signed by the Queen and Prime Minister at an official presentation held at the organisation’s offices on 20 October 2016.

And guests, which included civic dignitaries, business leaders and VIPs, were treated to a performance by a choir from New College, Worcester, a school for blind and partially sighted children, on behalf of Highfield’s chosen charity, Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA).

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(L-R) Chris Sprenger (Managing Director), Richard Sprenger (Chairman), Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire Mr Andrew Coombe, Jayne Sprenger, Jason Sprenger (Chief Executive).

The Highfield Group, one of the UK’s leading education organisations, was announced as the winner of the award as part of the national celebrations to celebrate HM The Queen’s 90th birthday on 21 April.

Queen’s Award winners are chosen by a panel that includes the Prime Minister and leading figures from government and industry, making it one of the most sought after accolades for British businesses.

Highfield, which has three offices across Doncaster and employs over 200 staff, is the UK and Middle East’s leading suppliers of compliance, apprenticeship and work-based learning qualifications, training materials and e-learning.

It is one of the UK’s largest exam boards, and is actively involved in the development of the UK workforce and productivity, as well as contributing to government plans for three million apprenticeships by 2020.

The organisation, which has its headquarters on Heavens Walk, works with some of the biggest names in international business to help develop their staff, including PepsiCo, Nestle, Marks & Spencer and Superdrug, and each year supports over 2 million learners across the globe to achieve their educational aspirations.

Jason Sprenger, Highfield Chief Executive, said, ‘This is a great achievement for Highfield, and I was honoured to welcome Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire and accept the certificate and crystal bowl on behalf of the business and everyone here who has worked so hard to achieve it’.

Representatives from Highfield received the award in person from Her Majesty at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 14 July 2016, with this further presentation held to celebrate the achievement alongside colleagues, customers and partners.

For more information on Highfield, go to www.highfieldqualifications.com.

For more on the Queen’s Award, go to www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise/overview

Highfield staff gear up for London Marathon 2016

This Sunday marks the 35th annual London Marathon.

Our Managing Director Christian Sprenger, IT Director Ashley Reddy and Becky Ashley will be lacing up their trainers to run a gruelling 26.2 miles in aid of our chosen charity VICTA, alongside Olympic athletes Dame Kelly Holmes and Iwan Thomas.

This fantastic charity provides equipment and services and hosts events that help blind and partially sighted children and young people to develop socially, emotionally and educationally, as well as offering their parents a vital network of support and information.

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Becky and Chris at the Chesterfield Marathon – trying to get some miles in preparation for the 26.2 challenge!

Chris has now been dubbed by all of us at Highfield as ‘marathon man’ as this weekend will be his 3rd appearance at the event (we’ll keep you informed if he can beat last year’s finish time of 3 hours 29 minutes!), however for our IT Director Ashley and marketing manager Becky, it will be their first time competing.

After signing up for the challenge back in May last year, they have all embarked on rigorous training regimes and Chris has regularly been seen testing his endurance on lunch breaks! We’ve summarised Ashley’s training in numbers below using information gathered from his fitness device.

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As this went to press, the Highfield heroes have received over £1,500 in sponsorship so far for the London Marathon, and we certainly put the fun in fundraising at our Christmas party, which saw our wonderful team donate over £1,000 in just one night!

To support them on their adventure this weekend, please click here

Successful jump for Team Skyfall raises £1200

After a successful jump by our team in Dubai in June, it was the turn of Team Skyfall here in the UK last weekend!

FB_IMG_1436707839627Taking place on 11 July 2015 at Hibaldstow Airfield in North Lincolnshire, the skydive saw Highfield team members Amiee Saul (Corporate Customer Service Manager), Sean Asquith (Print Manager), Claire James (Corporate Account Manager) and Holly McLean (Quality Administrative Assistant) take the plunge from 15,000 feet – nearly two miles up – to raise money for Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA).

FB_IMG_1436707850379Since 2013, Highfield has been helping to support the charity, which works to provide equipment, services and events that help blind and visually impaired children and young people develop socially, emotionally and educationally, as well as offering their parents a vital network of support and information.

FB_IMG_1436707877058Claire James said, ‘What a fantastic experience! This was a great opportunity to not only challenge ourselves but also to raise funds and awareness for such a worthy cause as part of Team Skyfall.  We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us and kindly donated to VICTA. Now there’s photographic evidence that the task was carried out it’s not too late to donate! Feel free to laugh at my embarrassing freefall pictures!’

FB_IMG_1436635992038So far Team Skyfall has raised nearly £1200, but you can still donate to VICTA by clicking here.

FB_IMG_1436635969734Well done Team Skyfall!

Dubai office takes to the skies for VICTA

Our team out in Dubai took to the skies this June – and then skydived back down again – to raise money for VICTA.

26The jump, which took place on 18 June 2015 in Dubai, saw international director Rebecca Sprenger, office manager Helen Greenhow and systems and audits manager Rodolfo Madrid take up the challenge and put their fears aside as they braved sweltering temperatures and last-minute nerves.

3VICTA works to provide equipment, services and events that help blind and visually impaired children and young people develop socially, emotionally and educationally, as well as offering their parents a vital network of support and information.

5Since 2013, Highfield (a provider of services such as end-point assessment) and its team have been taking part in numerous initiatives to raise money for VICTA, with some staff even contributing their time to assist in their events.

8Rebecca Sprenger said, ‘Even though we are all the way over here in Dubai, there is still a really close relationship between us, the UK office and the rest of the Highfield team – wherever we are based. And we certainly aren’t ones to duck a challenge, so when there was the opportunity for HABC MEA to stand up and be counted for VICTA, we jumped at the challenge. Or in our case, jumped out of a plane!

10One of my roles as International Director is to ensure that both the UK and Middle East offices work in harmony together to deliver the quality, value, service and integrity synonymous with the Highfield brand globally. This was a great way to bring the team together as one, achieve something that none of us will ever forget and raise money for a wonderful cause.

15And now that we’ve done it, Team Skyfall back in the UK can’t back out now!’

17Another Highfield team, Team Skyfall, will be performing their own skydive 15,000 feet above Hibaldstow Airfield in North Lincolnshire in July, also for VICTA.

VICTAFor more information or to make a donation, click here

23No pressure, Team Skyfall….

For information on another event we participated in to help VICTA, please visit here.