Pushing up, to kick Cancer

Ian Wedge, Gener8’s Regional Sales Director, mingled with local business people at a Barclays networking event on 22nd July, in bustling Bournemouth.

Besides being able to get his hands on the Barclays Premier League trophy in all its glory, Ian was able to meet local Bournemouth business people, including Leon Warner, a Group Leader with Utility Warehouse (www.leonwarner.com).

Leon explained all about his current fundraising efforts in aid of Lewis-Manning Hospice (www.lewis-manning.co.uk), a charity also close to Ian’s heart.

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Left – Ian Wedge Right – Leon Warner

Lewis-Manning Hospice is a voluntary organisation located in Poole, that offers free specialist palliative nursing care to around 700 local people each year living with       cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Ian says, “I really enjoyed the event and meeting Leon. It was great to shake his hand in front of the famous Barclays Premier League Trophy and to hear all about how he is fundraising. I am also excited because my team AFC Bournemouth will be contesting the Barclays Premier League trophy this coming season, alongside the likes of the current holders Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.”

Ian by the Premier League trophy

Leon is looking to raise £1,000 for the charity by performing a ‘daily press up challenge’.

Starting on day one, by doing 1 push-up, Leon aims to achieve his goal by adding 1 extra push up every day. With a goal of 200 and currently on 84 push ups, Leon is set to achieve his target!

Inspired by his effort, Ian pledged £100 to Leon on behalf of Lewis-Manning, when he reaches the halfway 100 push-up mark.

Ian and the Gener8 team wish Leon the best of luck completing his challenge.

If you would like to support Leon by donating, please follow the link: www.justgiving.com/Leonpressups

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Cycling for SeeSaw

On Sunday 14th June David and Paul took on a 140km ride in the Velothon Wales race.

Alongside, 15,000 other riders, Dave and Paul began their journey at the heart of Cardiff and embarked on a road cycle route that showed them some of Wales’ most breath-taking scenery.

seesawAs a congratulations to both on their efforts, and as a ‘well done’, Gener8 have donated £500 each to SeeSaw, a local Oxford charity.

SeeSaw provides vital support to hundreds of children yearly, who are bereaved, or are in the unfortunate process of being bereaved. SeeSaw is currently celebrating its 15th anniversary, and has to date, supported over 4,300 children and young people in Oxfordshire.

When meeting the team, Gener8 were able to see first-hand how SeeSaw help children, including learning more about the services they provide. Services included; grief support for younger family members, specialist support for the wider family, and group meets for children who have suffered loss.doogood

We were introduced to ‘Do Good’, a friendly golden retriever, and a key member of the SeeSaw team, who plays and supports the young children that they help. The team at SeeSaw, including Kathy Moore pictured right, along with Do Good, are often faced with difficult situations that families look to them for support. The team have over 15 years’ experience of helping young children in those critical moments that could have a positive effect on a child’s life now, and in the future.

As a registered charity, SeeSaw relies on its own fundraising for over 85% of its grief support costs. The cost of running the service is approximately £300,000 a year for which they depend on widespread support from individuals, local communities, businesses and trusts.

doogood1To mark their 15th anniversary, Seesaw have launched a 15th Anniversary Appeal where people can donate on-line towards the charity’s vital work.  Please click here to help bereaved children in Oxfordshire.

Gener8 support a variety of charities in Oxfordshire as part of its commitment and promise to support local communities and business, and are really pleased that SeeSaw is one of the local charities that it could help.

Racing to Gener8 some cash!

Paul Stokes training for the L'Etape Du Tour

Paul Stokes training for the L’Etape Du Tour

Gener8 Finance’s newly appointed Managing Director, Paul Stokes, is set to race in the 23rd edition of L’Etape Du Tour, on July 19th 2015 in the French Alps, in aid of charities; Help Harry Help Others and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

L’Etape Du Tour was established in 1993 to allow amateur cyclists, such as Paul, to test their legs on the route of one of the mountain stages of the Tour de France. This year’s 148 km course involves over 4000 vertical metres of climbing in anticipated temperatures of 30 degrees – an incredibly difficult challenge.

Beginning in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, the route will take Paul through many scenic locations, not that he will have much chance to take in the views, as he cycles up 4 legendary Tour De France climbs – Col Du Chaussy, Col De La Croix De Fer, Col Du Mollard, and finishing at Ta Toussuire.

When asked why he wanted to do the tour, Paul commented,“I have always loved watching the Tour De France, but the last bike I actually owned was a Raleigh Chopper back in the 1980s. The set-in of middle-aged spread sparked me into action and I saw taking part in a Tour De France stage as the ultimate inspiration to commit to a serious training regime.”

To prepare for the 142 kilometer stage, Paul has been training 5 days a week, with the help of cycle coach Tim Ramsden of Black Cat Cycling. Using a combination of high intensity indoor training and longer outdoor rides, Paul’s training stats include:

  • Losing over 2 stones in weight, burning in excess of 97,360 calories.
  • Over half a million pedal revolutions on the indoor Wattbike trainer.
  • 3800 + training miles

Having recently been out to France on a training ride, he is fairly confident that he has done sufficient training to get the job done.

Paul was keen to use a challenge of this magnitude to raise funds for charity. He asked his 2 boys Dylan (13) and Reece (10) to select the charities they wanted their dad to support. Paul says “I am proud of my boys that they chose Paul Stokes in training for the Tour De France mountain stagesnot 1 but 2 amazing causes for me to raise money for – Help Harry Help Others (www.hhho.org.uk), and Teenage Cancer Trust (www.teenagecancertrust.org)”.

Help Harry Help Others was started by the incredibly brave Harry Moseley, a young lad from Birmingham. Whilst battling an inoperable brain tumour himself, Harry was inspired to make a difference to all people with brain cancer, by raising money and awareness, making and selling his world-famous bracelets and organising nearly 100 events. Tragically, Harry died in 2011, aged just 11, but his legacy lives on and Paul is looking to raise as much money as possible in his memory.

Similarly, Stephen Sutton was an incredibly heroic young man who, before he died from cancer at just 19, raised millions for Teenage Cancer Trust. Famous for his indomitable spirit, characterised by his trademark “thumbs up”, Stephen’s bucket list of 46 things that he wanted to do before he died touched the nation.

Paul says about the charities “both Stephen Sutton and Harry Moseley were 2 very brave lads, and when I am having a tough time in training, their stories put everything into perspective and give me all the inspiration I need to keep going”.

Paul Stokes from Gener8 FinanceWith such a large challenge ahead, Paul has been supported by British bike designer and supplier, 2X2 Worldwide Limited (www.2x2worldwide.com), the Warwickshire based supplier of the Roux range of road bikes. In addition to the Roux range, 2X2 also design and supply Land Rover branded bikes. Paul is proud to be flying the flag in France, riding a British bike brand.

Paul will be using Make A Donation (make-a-donation.org) to collect sponsorship money. Make A Donation is an on-line charity donation website that passes 100% of sponsorship money to charities with no fees, commissions or deductions made from funds raised whatsoever. Paul comments, “using Make a Donation makes complete sense – not only do my chosen charities bank every penny donated, the people who donate also receive rewards as a thank you for their generosity. It’s a complete win-win”.

If you would also like to support Paul and his chosen charities, please visit http://www.make-a-donation.org/fundraisers/paul-stokes to make a donation. Alternatively, if you would like to learn more about how you can support Paul’s challenge or find out more, call 07557 303333.