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    

Raising money for VICTA

As many of you will know, Highfield’s chosen charity is VICTA – Visually Impaired Children Taking Action.

And we’ve been holding a number of events over the last few months to raise money to help them.

This fantastic charity 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.

So far, we’ve raised thousands of pounds through a number of events, including a company fun run, fancy dress days and cake and bakes.

Running the London Marathon
In April, three of our staff took put themselves through the ultimate challenge – running the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Managing Director Chris Sprenger, Business Development Director Ben Cressey and Corporate Business Development Manager completed the gruelling 26 miles (and 385 yards!) course successfully, raising thousands for VICTA.

You can watch the video here:

Ice Bucket Challenge
Not ones to be left out, some of our staff took part in the now famous (or should that be infamous?) Ice Bucket Challenge, with donations going to both VICTA and the ALS Association. Participants included Managing Director Chris Sprenger and International Director Becky Sprenger. Award for loudest scream goes to Corporate Account Manager Rachel Hanson…

Watch here:

Family Weekend
For us, it’s not just about raising money. We’ve even helped VICTA arrange days out for children at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, and participated in one of its family days at Boreatton Park (August 2014).

The VICTA family days bring together blind and partially sighted children, their siblings and parents, providing them with a great opportunity to meet other families and to take part in workshops, access outdoor activities and generally have fun.

And two of our staff, John Morley and Mike Stark, won best dressed volunteers at the Seaside Themed Party with their seagull costumes.

You can see the video here:

For more on VICTA and to get involved in the work they do, click here.

Staff set the pace for blind charity

(l-r front): Ben Cressey, Diana Hill, Chris Sprenger

(l-r front): Ben Cressey, Diana Hill, Chris Sprenger

Staff from Highfield put themselves through the paces as they completed a 10k run around Doncaster Lakeside on Sunday 9 March 2014 to raise money for VICTA, which supports blind and partially sighted people under the age of 29.

And for three of the runners it was a dry run for an even greater challenge, as they will be competing in the London Marathon on 13 April to raise even more money for the charity.

Chris Sprenger, Highfield Group Managing Director, said, ‘It was a great effort by all the team and I am really pleased that we were able to raise more money on the day, which goes towards the £2000 we have already raised so far.  The money will go towards helping VICTA in its work 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.Myself, Ben Cressey (Director of Apprenticeships and Work-Based Learning) and Diana Hill (Corporate Business Development Manager) will be running the London Marathon in April, and with £2000 already raised, we’re on track to reach our target of £3750’.

The event, which saw 43 members of staff running on the day, also included a barbeque afterwards for friends and family to raise further funds for the charity. 

To contribute t0 the charity, go to Virgin Money Giving and search for VICTA.