Bathroom supplier HiB has celebrated reaching its fundraising target after finishing a 30,000 mile charity challenge. The company pledged to complete the distance virtually to raise £15,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK and the National Autistic Society. Since January, staff from across HiB have been running, walking and cycling in their local areas to increase the total distance travelled. The company’s virtual route around the world began at HiB’s Tamworth distribution site, and followed a route over the Atlantic Ocean to the USA, South America, Australia, Asia, India and Europe, finishing at HiB’s London head office.
As well as the companywide 30,000 mile target, some employees undertook their own personal mileage challenges, with some individuals travelling 2,000 miles during the year. Donations and sponsorships for the challenge exceeded the original £15,000 target, with the final total to be split between the two chosen charities.
Robert Ginsberg, MD at HiB, said: “As part of our 30-year anniversary we wanted to complete a huge companywide challenge that everyone could get involved with and raise money for good causes. The response from across the company has been fantastic and many staff members have gone above and beyond in their contribution to making it a success.
“At a time when we’ve had to socially distance and alter our working environments, the Around the World Challenge gave us an opportunity to work together towards a common goal and also raise some much needed funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK and the National Autistic Society.
“On behalf of everyone at HiB, I’d like to thank the many businesses and members of the community that have supported our Around the World Challenge by making a donation and sponsoring us.”
Jane Gill, supporter engagement executive at Alzheimer’s Research UK said: “We’re so grateful to HiB Ltd for supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK this year. Everyone at HiB has gone above and beyond to make their amazing trip around the world a reality during this challenging year.”
Kimberly Scoltock, head of philanthropy and partnerships at the National Autistic Society, said: “Huge thank you to everyone at HiB for the amazing fundraising you’ve been doing for our charity. This means more than ever at the moment, because of the coronavirus pandemic and the financial challenges we and so many other charities are facing. The funds you’ve raised will make a huge difference helping us to support more autistic people and their families through this difficult time.”