Mercedes-Benz Vans UK staff teamed up with its franchisees to raise over £13,000 for Cancer Research with a series of gruelling sponsored challenges.
Instead of cycling the commercial vehicles manufacturer's usual 100km from Manchester to Blackpool, a ‘100 Challenge’, saw members of the company team complete a variety of individual goals in July, 2020.
Among the challenges taken on by the OEM's employees were:
- 100 weighted burpees per day by district manager Kevin Perkins
- A 100km single bike ride plus over 350km of additional cycling by district manager Liz Verwey
- A 100km run by PR manager Caroline Burnell
- A virtual run the length and back of Hadrian’s Wall by warranty controller Helen Crossland
- A 1,000-mile virtual cycle by managing director Steve Bridge
Members from the Mercedes-Bens Vans UK dealer network also took part.
Rygor Commercials director, Paul Reed, teamed up with Sarah Palfreyman, head of Network for Mercedes-Benz Vans, to lead a virtual fitness class that raised almost £1,000.
Simon Wilson, financial director at Ciceley Commercials, cycled 100 miles to land a further £2,100 while Jack Burgess from the accounts team at the same dealer managed 1,000 kick-ups in support of the ‘100 Challenge’.
Euro Commercials’ managing director, Jeff Carne, meanwhile, ran 100km in July for the cause.
Steve Bridge, managing director at Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, said: “Over the past few years we have raised £65,000 for charity. We’re delighted to have added another £4,500 with a Step Challenge in January, and now more than £13,000 with our 100 Challenge.
“From a personal perspective I’m quite relieved July is now over as cycling 1,000 miles proved a lot harder than I expected.
"It’s been a great experience, though, and I know the same goes for other members of the team who’ve completed their own challenges.
"The support and encouragement we’ve received from colleagues has given us all a much-needed boost.”
Mercedes-Benz said that thanks to the efforts of the team, the donations continue to roll in.
Bridge said: “We all know that recent events have hit the charity sector particularly hard, so we’re proud to have raised much-needed funds for Cancer Research UK.
"We will continue to do so, as ‘giving back’ is a key value for our business.”
Many charity's have suffered from reduced contributions during the COVID-19 crisis.
Last month Ben issued an appeal to help plug a £1 million funding gap after it was forced to cancel its annual fund-raising ball as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The automotive sector's benevolent charity is now challenging individuals in the sector to complete British Grand Prix’s full 190-mile race distance under their own steam as part of a Formula One-inspired virtual reality fund-raising challenge.
To donate to the Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, '100 Challenge', click here.