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.

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

 

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!

Team Skyfall reach for the skies in charity mission

Highfield’s very own ‘Team Skyfall’ will be taking their fundraising activities to quite literally a new level –namely 15,000 feet – as they jump out of a plane to raise money for VICTA.

Taking place on 11 July at Hibaldstow Airfield, North Lincolnshire, the jump will see Highfield team members Claire James, Amiee Saul, Sean Asquith and Holly McLean taking the plunge (harnessed to instructors) from over 2 miles up before freefalling to 5000 feet at 120 mph.

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.

Claire James said, ‘Along with the rest of Team Skyfall, I’m really looking forward to completing this once-in-a-lifetime challenge with the opportunity to not only raise funds, but also awareness of the charity. Behind the bravado we’re all a little apprehensive – throwing yourself from an aircraft at 15,000ft isn’t an everyday occurrence after all! However we hope it’ll be a memorable experience for all involved’.

If you would like to contribute to Team Skyfall, just click here

eResponse’s £55k charity drive for disabled girl

charity driveMidlands training and recruitment business eResponse will be holding a number of fundraising events this year and next to help improve the quality of life of a girl born without eyes.

The Rugby-based organisation, which is a HABC Approved Centre, is committed to raising £55,000 to support eight-year-old Mia Williams with equipment and alterations to her home.

Mia suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and needs to be carried and helped around her home by parents Fran and Dean Williams – who is a manager at eResponse’s Rugby branch.

Amongst the events the firm has planned are a charity ball in 2016, cycle rides, marathons, car washes and a summer fete. The money raised will go towards a specially-fitted bath for Mia, as well as various pieces of equipment and changes to the layout of the family’s home.

eResponse Managing Director Paul Alekna said, ‘We support a variety of charities every year but now we have decided to channel everything into helping Mia. She has a variety of conditions that means she needs extra support. We want to help an amazing little girl and her equally amazing family, and will do all we can to hit that goal as quickly as possible’.

Highfield has also been raising money to help blind children through VICTA, with a series of events and activities including a Sky Dive planned for July and staff recently completing Virgin Money London Marathon.

For more information on eResponse’s fundraising initiative, go to www.e-responserecruitment.co.uk

Highfield’s marathon challenge for VICTA

Three of Highfield’s staff put on their running shoes and took on one of the world’s toughest challenges for charity this spring – the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Chris Sprenger, Managing Director, Ben Cressey, Director of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeships, and Dominic Binks, Director of Business Development completed the gruelling 26 miles and 385 yards to raise money for Highfield’s chosen charity – Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA).

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Chris (left), and Dominic (right).

Held on 26 April 2015, the Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the biggest mass participation sports events in the world. And for Chris and Ben, it was the second time they had completed the marathon for VICTA, having taken part in 2014.

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After the marathon – Dominic (left), Chris (centre) and Ben (right).

As well as raising thousands over £3000 for 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 – there were personal bests for the runners.

Chris completed the course in just three hours 29 minutes, with Dominic and Ben coming in at four hours and six minutes and four hours and 28 minutes respectively.

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Chris’s Virgin Money London Marathon Medal

To date, Highfield has raised over £13,000 for VICTA. However, the team is not resting on its laurels, and has already signed up for next year’s marathon on 25 April 2016.

Highfield will be holding a number of events through 2015 and 2016 to raise money for VICTA, including a skydive. If you would like to contribute, please click Virgin Money Giving