Following a month of fundraising efforts, employees from Zip Water UK and sister company Instanta have raised an impressive £5,019 (incl. Gift Aid) for their three chosen charities – Cancer Research UK, The Royal British Legion and Queenscourt Hospice.
Having completed four weeks of hydration-themed activities in the challenge, dubbed ‘Hydrate & Donate’, the teams’ efforts culminated last Thursday when Zip’s cycling team finished a four-day, 350-mile charity bike ride. The ride saw Zip’s Russell Owens, Brian Walshe, Mark Brindley, Alex Maynard, Jamie Kent and Pete Hundleby all set off from Instanta’s factory in Southport, Merseyside on 11 September, travelling down to Zip’s head office in Dereham, Norfolk, and then onto the finish line at Zip’s London base in Farringdon. Nine members of Instanta’s workforce – including Gavin Ford, Craig Buckley, David Wilson, Darren Rodwell, Marius Kiepas, Gary Rodwell, Andrew Files, Jay Reynolds and Rob Laurie – joined the Zip team for the first part of the cycle challenge, completing a 17-mile round trip back to the factory. On day three, they were joined by Pete Watts, Craig Skipper and Graham Short, also from Zip. The group finally arrived at their last destination in London on day four, having endured all four seasons, and a total of 374 miles and 22 hours 48 minutes in the saddle.
Zip marketing director Russell Owens says: “After four days of hail, rain, wind, some sun, a few hills and some beautiful scenery, we’re delighted to have completed the challenge and raised such a fantastic amount for charity. The ride was a great opportunity to chat with the guys from a couple of our key showrooms too, who have been fantastic supporters of the challenge. The effort everyone’s put in to engage with Hydrate & Donate, including the support we’ve received throughout the cycle and all the fundraising activity completed across the three offices, has been truly overwhelming.”ZIP | nowzipit.co.uk