Packetts’, the Bradford-based insurance brokers will celebrate their centenary in 2020. To mark this noteable achievement, over the next two years the company’s staff will be raising money for St John Ambulance. The aim is to raise £10,000, a sum that will cover the cost of training 100 advanced St John first aiders.
To reach this ambitious target, staff at Packetts’ will be taking part in a whole host of activities – some more strenuous than others. Over the next two years there’s a ‘Century Challenge’ during which all Packetts’ staff are being challenged to cover 100 miles. This can be done incrementally by running, cycling, swimming, walking or a mixture of all four. The miles can even be clocked up in the gym.
“We’re having a display board in the office for staff to add the miles as they complete them,” says Packetts’ Managing Director, Marshall Sugden. “One way or another, by the time we reach our centenary I reckon we’ll have the fittest office team in Bradford. As well feeling proud of their achievements, they’ll be raising money for an excellent charity that, one way or another, plays a part in many people’s lives.”
Their first major fund-raising outing saw eleven Packetts’ staff plus family and friends, tackle one of the toughest local walking challenges – the Three Peaks. Their collective hard yards raised £1949.
Packetts’ have a forty year business relationship with St John Ambulance. Volunteers from the organisation are familiar sights at major events. St John Ambulance are also the first aid and health & safety trainer of choice for businesses across the UK. And, of course, the charity is perhaps even better recognised as first aid trainer in the community for many local organisations, groups and schools.
“An advanced first aider has been trained in first on the scene response. It’s particularly useful for security staff, fire and police officers, medical response teams, healthcare workers and community responders,” Marshall continues. It gives them the skills and knowledge that can be so vital in the early minutes following an accident that can save someone’s life. That’s what our centenary challenge is all about.”
Michelle Kerrigan, National Partnerships Manager, St John Ambulance added:
“St John Ambulance are delighted to be working in partnership with Packetts’ insurance brokers. We are really looking forward to supporting all of them in their fundraising efforts over the next two years. We hope to see as many as possible eating curry, baking cakes, walking moors and maybe even parachuting out of airplanes, as you build up to your fantastic 100th anniversary celebrations. Thank you all so much for choosing to join with us to promote the importance of first aid and the lifesaving skills of our volunteers. We know that together we can make our communities a safer place.”