Staff at M-EC, the consulting development engineers, have been cheering on their colleagues Caroline Rands and Nathan Allen as they each take on individual fundraising challenges for charities close to their hearts.
Caroline is running 1,000 miles during 2021 to raise money for the Leicester Children’s Hospital, a charity closely linked to her family as, in 2015, staff at the hospital battled successfully to save her youngest daughter’s life.
Caroline’s daughter Alice was admitted to the Leicester Children’s Hospital at the age of 3 with an incredibly rare digestive condition. However, thankfully she made a speedy recovery as a result of the efforts of a very dedicated team of doctors and nurses.
Commenting on her fundraising attempt, Caroline said: “As a family we are so immensely grateful for the sheer determination and high levels of care shown by the whole team at Leicester Children’s Hospital in saving our little girl. I’m following in Alice’s fundraising footsteps as last December she managed to raise over £1,000 in a 50-mile running challenge, despite being only 10!”
Caroline is currently on track to complete her mammoth challenge by the end of the year with 577 miles tallied already.
Also getting the steps in, Nathan is undertaking a ‘virtual’ walk covering 874 miles, the equivalent distance of walking from Lands’ End to John O’Groats.
Nathan’s chosen charity is Mind, an organisation that has impacted Nathan personally.
Commenting on the inspiration behind the challenge, Nathan said: “Having experienced difficult times with my own mental health both recently and as a teenager, I wanted raise money for a charity that supports people with their mental wellbeing.”
Nathan began his fundraising journey at the end of March by taking on a series of walks throughout Leicestershire, already covering an impressive 311 miles so far.
M-EC is fully behind the strenuous efforts of Caroline and Nathan. Rather than having a nominated company charity, the firm encourages its employees to undertake their own campaigns for their chosen worthy causes and fully supports their fundraising.
M-EC Director, Alex Bennett, said: “We think it’s important for people to feel supported by their employer to take on their own fundraising challenges. It means they are taking action for a cause that is close to their own hearts and doing something that makes them feel proud.
“When our staff are undertaking a challenge it creates a buzz around the office, or across our virtual platforms. Everyone is cheering them on, keen to hear of their progress and providing words of encouragement. The company is always ready to help them meet their financial goals and support them as they need it…including getting stuck in.
“Everyone at M-EC is extremely proud of Caroline and Nathan’s inspirational fundraising efforts. It’s a pleasure to see our staff taking on challenges outside of work to raise money for such worthy causes. We’re excited to see how they progress and ready to dig into our pockets for the benefit of the two charities.”