Walsall (PRWEB) June 03, 2011
Adventure was in the air this weekend for HomeServe as 6 teams of its employees from around the country, including Walsall, Banbury and Weston Super Mare threw down the gauntlet to take part in Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Great Escape Challenge that took place between 20-22nd May.
The Marie Curie Great Escape Challenge is designed to test body and mind. Forty-three teams of 4 went head-to-head in a multi-sport adventure in the Peak District. During 48 hours, the teams pushed themselves to new heights scaling and trekking through forests. The Marie Curie Great Escape Challenge is an unforgettable and rewarding experience. As well as a 12k hike and enduring 26k bike ride the teams faced 10 unique and top secret challenges, designed to test different sets of skills.
The HomeServe Teams taking part, two being from Walsall, raised over £16,000 in total! With one team from Walsall proudly receiving the trophy for the ‘Top Fundraisers’ raising the most money out of the 43 teams who had entered. Each team had to raise a minimum of £2000 but our winning team raised an amazing £6105.55! Steve Hollyoak, team member said “I speak for all the team when I say it was a truly fantastic weekend and we would definitely love to do it again next year”. All the funds will contribute towards the £1,000,000 HomeServe has pledged to donate to Marie Curie Cancer Care over the next three years. The HomeServe Teams have been very busy fundraising by conducting a number of activities such as Tombola’s, Auctions, Professional Cake Sales, Pub Quizzes, Car Washes, BBQ’s, Car Boot Sales and a 3 Hour Sponsored Spin Class to name just a few… All the funds raised will help Marie Curie Nurses provide free care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes.
Sarah Palmer, National Charity Manager at HomeServe commented: "We're extremely proud of our HomeServe employees for taking part in the Marie Curie Great Escape Challenge, giving up their own time for a great cause that they have seen can make a real difference.”
Notes to editors:
- For more information or to speak to any of the employees please contact
Ben Dobson Matt Henson
0207 861 3931 0207 861 3013
Every minute a Homeserve engineer comes to the rescue of a British household.
With over 2,700 directly employed and sub-contracted engineers, Homeserve is a national emergency home repair service backed by a 24 hour claims handling and repair network.
HomeServe's new tradesmen service provides households with access vetted tradesmen who are qualified to carry out hundreds of different jobs around the home.
HomeServe tradesmen are guaranteed to turn up on time, to hold the necessary qualifications to do the job at hand, to provide a price before they start the job and will even guarantee their work for a 12 month period afterwards.
Homeserve also offers insurance cover for plumbing, drains, electrical wiring and gas central heating. It has over 7.1 million policy members in the UK and a further 2.2 million in the USA, France and Spain.
HomeServe has also provided £195,000 worth of free home emergency cover to Marie Curie Patients and has so far carried out 170 jobs in patients homes. If you or a relative are a Marie Curie patient and would like to benefit from the free HomeServe patient policy speak to your Marie Curie Nurse or call HomeServe on 0800 032 3599.
About Marie Curie Cancer Care
Marie Curie Nurses provide free care to patients with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes.
Around 70 per cent of the charity’s income comes from the generous support of thousands of individuals, membership organisations and businesses, with the balance of funds coming from the NHS.
The charity has two centres for palliative care research, The Marie Curie Palliative Care Unit in London and The Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute in Liverpool. It also funds seven fundamental scientific research groups which investigate the causes and treatments of cancer.
For more information about Marie Curie Cancer Care visit http://www.mariecurie.org.uk.