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GREAT JOB: Spire Bushey colleagues raise £1,165 during week of charity sporting activities

 Published on: 21st June 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Colleagues at Spire Bushey Hospital have raised more than £1,165 following a week of fundraising activities including a bike ride, bake sale and a raffle.

Collectively, the team covered more than 1,200 kilometres during Spire Healthcare’s 2023 charity focus week – all in aid of The Trussell Trust Watford Food Bank. The Trussell Trust has a network of more than 1,300 food bank centres in the UK provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food to people who have been referred, as well as support and advice to help people maximise their incomes and lift themselves out of poverty.

The ambition was for colleagues at Spire Bushey Hospital to collectively cover a distance of 1,000km, in support of the overall company goal for Spire colleagues to cover 40,000km – which is the equivalent of circling the globe once.

During the multi-day event, colleagues across the business, including at Spire Healthcare’s 39 hospitals in England, Wales and Scotland, undertook a wide variety of activities including walking, cycling and running to raise money. At Spire Bushey, colleagues took turns to clock up the kms on a static exercise bike at the hospital, in addition to cycling/swimming/running, covering as many kms as possible outside of work. Colleagues also took part in a ‘bake-off’ challenge, a raffle and brought in food and hygiene donations for the food bank.

Spire’s charity focus week included a two-day 110 km walk from Spire’s Regents Gate office in Reading to Spire’s Dorset Rise office in Central London, and a track cycle and a guided road cycle from Welwyn Garden City across 50km, 100km and 200km distances visiting Spire Bushey and Spire Harpenden Hospitals.

World record endurance cyclist Jenny Graham, joined Spire colleagues and consultants in the 200km road and track cycle event, and was inspired by the enthusiasm of the Spire team.

She said: “I was thrilled to be invited to take part in Spire Healthcare’s 2023 charity fundraising event. This is the second time I’ve joined one of Spire’s charity events, so helping the teams reach this years’ goal of covering 40,000km was great fun and all for some fantastic causes.”

Justin Ash, chief executive officer at Spire Healthcare, said: “I’d like to thank colleagues and consultants for taking part in Spire’s 2023 charity focus week and playing their part in fundraising for a wide range of excellent causes. We firmly believe in the power of giving back to our local communities and making a positive impact on society. I am so proud of everyone’s work, support and physical efforts to make this such an important and successful week. I particularly want to thank Jenny Graham for joining us and to families and friends for sponsoring and supporting us – we could not have achieved this without you.”

Charitable donations are being accepted and can be made to The Trussell Trust Food Bank by donating online through the JustGiving page.

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