Employees at Derbyshire IT firm have dug deep to help one of their colleagues smash his fundraising target for a cancer charity.
Workers at Axess Systems sponsored senior account manager Simon Graver as he braved gale force winds whilst taking part in a 10-mile trek through the New Forest for the Wessex Cancer Trust.
Simon, who has worked for Axess Systems for 12 years, has raised more than £1,000 for the charity which supports families through cancer. He was joined on the annual Walk For Hope trek by wife Chris and fellow members of the Highbridge Community Farm.
“The Walk for Hope is an event which I take part in most years,” said Simon, whose daughter, Emma Graver, works for the Wessex Cancer Trust.
“Obviously this year’s event was a little different because of the Coronavirus outbreak; we did the trek in small, socially-distanced groups. The day we chose to do the walk, Britain was being battered by Storm Frances but we battled our way through the New Forest and the sun shone as we approached the finish line.
“It was great to do the trek with my friends from the Highbridge Community Farm and just nice to be out and about during this strange time.
“I’ve made a lot of friends since the Community Farm was set up in 2010. We were given a few acres of land by a local farmer, which has been split into sections where members of the group grow various crops organically; we don’t use any kind of chemical fertiliser.
“They have been very supportive of the Wessex Cancer Trust, as have Axess Systems. It’s very much a family company and you can always rely on them to donate generously for charity events.”
Ed Morton, Managing Director of Axess Systems, which is based on the Denby Hall Business Park in Denby, said: “We’re very pleased to support Simon and such a worthwhile charity.”
Wessex Cancer Trust, like all charities, has been hit hard by the Coronavirus outbreak and although their centres are currently closed, they have continued to provide support families by introducing online resources, including a telephone support service, streaming classes and virtual counselling sessions.