In April 2014 Highfield kicked off its fundraising activities with a 10k fun run and BBQ at Doncaster Lakeside, with over 40 members of staff taking on the challenge. For three of the runners however (including MD Chris Sprenger) this was just a little light training as only two weeks later they ran the Virgin Money London Marathon.
Inspired by his marathon experience Chris returned to run for VICTA once again in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015. He was joined by Highfield’s Director of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeships, Ben Cressey, and Business Development Director, Dominic Binks. They raised even more money for VICTA and managed to put in a couple of PBs over the gruelling 26 mile and 365 yard course.
Back at headquarters staff took on the now infamous ice bucket challenge, with donations going to both VICTA and the ALS Association. The soakings and sore legs didn’t put anyone off with numerous cake and bakes and themed dress down days (such as Halloween and Christmas) providing plenty of treats and goodies and donations to VICTA of course!
Highfield has shown it is keen to get involved beyond the fundraising initiatives, with staff participating in the VICTA family weekends. By the time of the August 2015 family weekend at PGL Liddington Park, 15 members of Highfield will have volunteered their help, with staff giving up two days of their own time. Highfield provided them with two days additional paid-time to help them to assist over the four day events.
At the 2014 family weekend at PGL Boreatton Park, Highfield team members John Morley and Mike Stark threw themselves into the spirit of things by winning the ‘Best Dressed Volunteers’ prize at a seaside themed party with their seagull costumes.
A special mention goes to account manager Beth Stewart. So far Beth has attend four events, including the family weekend in August 2014, the Dino Snores sleepover at the Natural History Museum in London in November 2014, the VICTA Christmas party in December 2014 and another family weekend in March 2015. Beth isn’t stopping there and will be attending the VICTA trip to Snowdonia where she will be supporting young people who are blind or partially sighted on their walk down Mount Snowdon.
Chris Sprenger said, “VICTA struck a chord with us in terms of who they are trying to help and what they are hoping to achieve, so we were very keen to get involved. I’ve been really impressed by the way in which our staff have taken up the cause and thrown themselves into the activities. From having a bucket of water poured over them on a freezing cold day, to training for and running a marathon, or even just making and baking cakes, they have been really enthusiastic about getting stuck in – particularly when it’s come to the cakes!”
He added, “We have even more events planned for the rest of this year, and are looking at what we can do for 2016. It’s great for us as an organisation as it really brings us together as a team whilst raising as much as we can for an incredibly worthwhile cause.”
Later this year Highfield will be hosting another fun run and BBQ, this time in Chesterfield. Meanwhile, 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.
For more information on Highfield’s activities supporting VICTA, go to: http://www.highfieldabc.net/category/victa/
You can also contribute to ‘Team Skyfall’ by going to