Roadblock Run 10th September 2017
Earlier in 2017 Braemore staff voted to support The Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland charity by taking part in the Roadblock Run 2017 – a foamy, 7k fun run with obstacles.
The Chest, Heart & Stroke charity in Scotland provides care and support throughout Scotland for people affected by these conditions, as well as their families and other carers.
In the Lothians, last year CHSS helped 198 people to begin their rehabilitation journey after stroke. They supported 21 community groups, enabling their 791 members with chest, heart and stroke conditions to meet up, socialise and support each other. They distributed 34 personal support grants to individuals where their condition had resulted in financial hardship and their Advice Line (based in Edinburgh) answered 616 calls from people needing additional help, advice and charity.
There was no hesitation in putting together a strong team of volunteers from across all the different departments within Braemore. The team were all highly motivated to enter the charity event and tackle the obstacles, as it offered a unique opportunity to develop a strong team bond across the different parts of the organisation. Many of the team have also had personal experience with family affected by these conditions.
Rachel MacDonell, Managing Director – “I made the decision for Braemore to join an event which offered our team an opportunity to come together and participate in a fun team-building exercise, whilst providing the chance to raise money for a worthwhile cause. Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland is close to me and I’ll be running in memory of my Step Father, who sadly lost his life. Whilst I will enjoy the running and obstacle challenge itself, there is also a wonderful sense of achievement to be had for fundraising too.”
On Sunday 11th September 2017 the Braemore team joined around 400 other keen ‘Roadblockers’ to tackle the 7k course around Holyrood Park, including 11 inflatable obstacles and a steep ascent up the Radical Road to Salisbury Crags to really get the legs working. Despite a wet and windy start, by the time all 9 participants made it across the finishing line the sun was shining! One member, Lisa Cockerell, even managed to complete the course with a broken toe, supported the whole way around by team mate Abby Campbell. They were both joined across the final line by the remaining team.
The ‘Braemore Belles’ managed a fantastic fundraising total of £972. Colleagues across the company wanted to support their efforts and those with less of an inclination for Sunday morning obstacle courses held a Dress Down Day and Bake Sale either side of the event, contributing a further £106 to the fundraising total, meaning an outstanding total amount of £1078 raised for CHSS.
According to Chest, Heart and Stroke “we could not be there for those who need us most if it wasn’t for this support. Every £20 that you raise by taking part in Road Block Run will fund one more hour of nursing care in the community” This means that the efforts of all the staff across Braemore has allowed for 54 hours of nursing care in the community – an achievement we can be proud of.