In January of last year, rijo42 Promises selected Macmillan Cancer Support as rijo42’s chosen charity for 2015. We pledged to raise £42,000 from April to December, and we’re incredibly delighted to announce that we surpassed our target, raising a total of £48,631.75.
Fundraising began in late April with rijo42 engineer, Carl Liptrot completing a Coast to Coast bike ride challenge. Carl rode 170 miles over the 24th, 25th & 26th April, pedalling from Southport to Hornsea, raising a fantastic £566.00 through sponsorship.
The month of May was host to several fundraising events. Our Great Manchester Run team were first up, comprising Adam Smith from Sales, Arron Eckersley from Accounts and Andy Wood from Logistics completing the run in excellent time and raising a superb £1,211.00. Next off, was engineer Mark Davies who completed a 2000 mile endurance motorcycle ride from Bolton to Switzerland. Leaving rijo42 HQ on Saturday 16th May, Mark travelled 1000 miles to our Swiss partner, Aequator AG’s headquarters in Arbon, Switzerland. Following a short stop-over and a double espresso, Mark headed back to rijo42 on Sunday 17th May to complete his challenge within the maximum time frame of 48 hours. Mark raised a fantastic amount through sponsorship of £2,041.47.
August was also a popular month for fundraising; we entered a team for Macmillan’s Adrenaline Rush Challenge in Heaton Park and a team for the Three Peaks Challenge.
The ‘rijo42 Caffeine Junkies’, comprising of Gemma Pearson and Arron Eckersley from Accounts, Rhys Marsden and Jake Lomax from Design, James Cooke from Service and Youssef Mansour from Sales took on the Adrenaline Rush course on Saturday 1st August. They faced obstacles such as ‘Water Torture’, ‘Bungee Time’ and ‘Leap of Faith’ whilst battling horrendous downpours. The treacherous course didn’t stop our intrepid six though; they all completed the course in great time raising a fantastic £482.00 for Macmillan.
Our Three Peaks team comprising of Tamara Hall, Ben West, Paul Ali and Youssef Mansour from Sales and Gemma Pearson from Accounts along with friends Mike & Chris Rowe, undertook their challenge on the 22nd August. Their mission was to scale the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough at 691 metres, 728 metres 723 metres respectively, in a maximum time frame of 12 hours. They all completed the course in the allotted time, raising a superb £1,612.30.
September played host to Macmillan’s largest fundraising event, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. rijo42 and rijo42 Promises supported this event by donating free coffee beans, fundraising packs and other rijo42 goodies to 150 of our customers that kindly agreed to hold a coffee morning. Our commercial coffee machines up and down the country were in overdrive making coffees to help raise funds. Collectively, we raised a whopping £26,487.41.
In addition, rijo42 pledged to donate 10p per kilo from coffee bean sales between April and December 2015, raising an amazing £10,233.40 for the charity.
All of the above, plus incredibly generous donations from clients, suppliers, our registered charity – rijo42 Promises and our very own MD took our fundraising total to £48,631.75 for 2015. We’re incredibly proud of this fantastic achievement and would like to thank everyone who assisted. We couldn’t have done it without you!