#CC300 Challenge - The Last Tale
The CC300 epic journey finally came to an end on Monday 27th July with a visit to Naomi House and Jacksplace.
The team toured Jacksplace, which is currently providing respite care for both the children and young adults who attend both hospices. Naomi House hospice is currently undergoing a huge refurbishment, which will provide larger bedrooms for the children on overnight stays. The new look Naomi House will be unveiled on 12th September 2015 with an Open Day where everyone is welcome to attend and view the refurbishments.
The epic CC300 challenge took place over three days in June, 10th – 12th with eleven riders and five support staff from across the Serocor Group of companies, comprising: ARM, Bloc, Optamor, Hawker Chase and Serocor Solutions.
The team cycled 345 miles in three days stopping at our two southern offices and our office in London. The ride was no mean feat as the team spent over twelve hours in the saddle for the first two days due to spending a fair amount of the time taking the wrong route, which included riding their road bikes along bumpy bridleways and racing the famous red buses in London!
We presented Area Fundraiser, Sarah Hudson with the cheque for the final amount raised by the CC300 team, an astonishing £18,120.61 which will be used to help fund vital nursing care and respite stays, hydrotherapy and music therapy sessions. The team also presented Sarah with a framed CC300 team jersey signed by all 16 team members.
After a gruelling three days in the saddle and many more hours spent training and fundraising, it was a fantastic experience for the team to be able to see how the money they raised will make a substantial difference to the children and young adults that the hospices care for.
Mark Channon, Bloc Director had this to say about his own personal experience on the visit:
“The visit to Naomi House and Jacksplace was an invaluable final piece to the chapter.
To see the outstanding facility and meet the amazing staff brought everything home; it was an emotional experience and certainly I had mixed feelings. On one hand it was so rewarding to deliver the cheque and understand the benefit it brings to this wonderful establishment and the families it supports. But on the other hand, the reality of life for other families who are not as fortunate as I am to have a healthy child became clearer to me.
It left me with one simple feeling… I want to do more!”
Justin Chambers, Account Manager at ARM had this to say about his experience on visiting Naomi House and Jacksplace:
“The tour gave me a real understanding of the huge undertaking by Naomi House and Jacksplace and showed what a fantastic charity it is, and how much it impacts not just the children it cares for, but their whole families.
Whilst the facilities are first class, what tangibly appears to make the most impact, is the carers themselves and how much they involve and immerse themselves in a truly wonderful charity.
I’m extremely glad the Serocor Group was able to contribute and the visit certainly helped to put things in perspective especially when things got tough on the ride!”
Mike Gawthorne, Serocor Director commented on his experience of visiting Naomi House:
“To hand over a cheque for more than £18,000 to such a fantastic cause was amazing, the staff and facilities at Naomi House and Jacksplace are truly outstanding, and for us to be able to offer an element of support to this charity (although monetary) is very fulfilling. I am truly inspired to continue to support such a worthwhile cause; I just wish we could do more!”
The Serocor Group would like to take the time to thank the companies that have supported and sponsored us along the way; we couldn’t have done it without your kind donations.
CC300 has had support from
Clares Office Supplies
Clarke Willmott LLP
CMA Recruitment Group
Dream Doors Ltd
F&S Property Management
Gerrell & Har
Portsmouth Football Club
SAAKE Combustion Services
Snows Motor Group
The Langstone Hotel