A running success for Admiral staff fundraising
Staff from local employer Admiral have raised more than £32,000 for the
Intensive Care Society by taking part in a stay at home half marathon challenge.
The employees from Admiral’s Active Community, an employee group set up to encourage staff to live a healthy lifestyle, organised the fundraising event and invited as many staff as possible to take part.
The Admiral Stay at Home Half Marathon asked participants and their families to walk or run 13.1 miles over the last Bank Holiday weekend, while following social distancing rules. Some participants ran, some walked, some did both and some even rode bikes or covered the miles on rowing machines. In total, participants travelled 4,507km and took 45 million steps over the 3-day event. That’s the same distance between Cardiff and the North pole.
So far, the participants have raised over £16,000, beating their original target of £500. Admiral’s £4 million Support Fund for Covid-19, will also be matching the amount raised taking the total to over £32,000.
Over 330 Admiral staff and their families signed up for the challenge, each donating £5 and many participants also received further sponsorship for taking part.
The funds will support The Intensive Care Society, which represents our Intensive Care team heroes who are critical in the fight against Covid-19. This cause is very close to many hearts during the coronavirus crisis and Admiral staff were keen to help.
Matt Wintle, Head of Change and the organiser of the fundraising event said, “Admiral identifies the need to support local charities and actively encourages its staff to get involved. I was passionate to take up an opportunity to support such a vital cause. My amazing sister is an Intensive Care Unit nurse and I wanted to do something to support her and many other health heroes working on the frontline. It has been a hugely rewarding experience to fundraise for The Intensive Care Society and the generosity of staff has been overwhelming.
“Donations have been made from staff and their families, not just in South Wales, but all over the UK and beyond. We even had some of our colleagues in Rome take part! This was by no means a solo task and the Admiral Active Community couldn’t have done this without the support of so many amazing colleagues. Thanks to everyone who helped and a massive thank you to Admiral for matching our fundraising”.