On Saturday 24th September Andy Hills, our Office Manager, will take part in the London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride 2016. This challenging ride packs all the best bits of off-road riding together into an amazingly varied route. A gruelling muddy adventure, it covers 75 miles of exhilarating terrain including steep forest inclines, tricky technical descents, rocky paths and adrenaline pumping single tracks.
Andy has always been a keen cyclist and firm supporter of Futures Supplies Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. In 2011 he was successful in cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats raising a hefty £5,000.
This year Andy is raising funds for The British Heart Foundation. Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer and the BHF funds crucial life saving research into improving the treatment, diagnosis and the prevention of heart and circulatory disease.
Andy will be taking up the challenging cycle ride with his brother Paul. Between them they have already managed to lose some 6 stone through training for the off road ride this year! Andy said “Paul and I had both put on a bit too much weight over the past few years, Paul was also suffering from hypertension and my Dad recently had to undergo major heart surgery. This inspired us to try and do something that will not just help us lose weight and become healthier but also to support the British Heart Foundation who do such amazing work”.
More than 300 companies attended the Croydon Business Excellence Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday, October 1st to hear the best of the best announced.
With a community of more than 13,000 businesses, it is Croydon’s entrepreneurial spirit which makes the borough the economic powerhouse of South London. The thriving business community is full of success stories, from tech start-ups and sole traders to companies that have developed from humble roots into international organisations.
The ceremony and black tie Gala Dinner was held at Fairfield Halls and Futures Supplies was delighted to be awarded the accolade of ‘Best SME Business’ in this their 20th year.
Councillor Toni Letts, of category sponsors Croydon Council, said: “Operating as an ISO and carbon neutral business, Futures Supplies’ staff training and development programme is exemplary, as is their policy to offer opportunities to disadvantaged young people and commitment to become a ‘Living Wage Employer’.
Their support of local as well as national charities is longstanding – a real example of giving back to the local community. Behind this family business lies a genuine success story of a women entrepreneur who has combated a challenging upbringing and presents a tremendous role model and inspiration to women and indeed all local entrepreneurs. She is really inspirational”.
A big massive congratulations goes out to Daniel, our business development manager, who successfully completed the London to Brighton Trek this weekend. So far he has raised over £1,200 for The British Heat Foundation.
With less than half the walkers completing the trek, we are enormously proud on Daniel for finishing the non-stop 62 mile walk in just over 28 hours.
Daniel is back in the office today in one piece but with very sore feet! I am sure you will all join us in congratulating him on this amazing achievement.
“I’m pleased to say that I completed the trek in about 28h 15m. This was the most amazing thing I have ever done, I just didn’t anticipate the heat and blisters! I really appreciated Dan coming to see me along the way and Andy walking with me through the night to Brighton, it really spurred me on.
Thank you for everyone’s support and kind messages, I am really humbled by the amount raised so far, but if you haven’t yet got round to sponsoring yet there’s still time!”
Daniel Rendall our Business Development Manager is bravely taking part in the ultimate walking challenge, The London to Brighton Trek 2014 on the 21st June 2014, to help raise crucial sponsorship funds in support of the British Heart Foundation.
Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer and The British Heart Foundation are leading the fight with donations powering life-saving research to help keep more families together.
Daniel said “I have always enjoyed pushing myself and chose the British Heart Foundation as I have lost loved ones through heart problems and felt the need to give something back.”
The London to Brighton Trek is no walk in the park at a whopping non-stop 105 km it is a challenging and gruelling experience, only just over half of the walkers managed to complete the distance last year!
Joining Futures Supplies just over a year ago Daniel has become a popular and well liked member of the team and has been busy in recent months with his pre-event training which he hopes will be the key to his success on this amazing trek.
Daniel, who has become known by the nickname ‘Superman’ due to his striking resemblance to Clarke Kent and apparent superhuman abilities, will begin the walk at Sandown Race Course with his friend Chris. Starting off at 8am and continue to walk through the night for an estimated 20 hours – he will certainly need those superhuman abilities!
Daniel will have his trusty head torch, the support of the gang at Futures Supplies, the other walkers and the inspiration of money he will raise to help this worthy cause. He will endure 1,026 metres of walking, climbing and a terrain which includes pavement, footpaths, bridleway and unsealed paths with the last five miles walking alongside the promenade hopefully enjoying views of Hove and Brighton in the early hours of the morning.
Everyone at Futures Supplies is giving a big shout out in support of Daniel and we hope you will join us in wishing him luck and supporting him and this worthy cause and join the fight for every heartbeat by sponsoring him.