Two employees from Suffolk buildings and pig equipment company, Quality Equipment, have completed a charity run and raised over £650 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. This will contribute to the £10,000 target the company plans to give to the charity to mark QE’s 50th anniversary year.
Henry Stark (24) from QE’s marketing department and Frank Barrett (43), manufacturing supervisor, took part in the Lee Valley 10-mile event within the Olympic Park, London.
Both Henry and Frank were within seconds of their target times, completing their circuits in 1 hour 15 minutes 56 seconds and 1 hour 28 minutes 25 seconds respectively, but admitted to finding the run challenging, despite both being very fit.
The company is supporting the East Anglian Air Ambulance service for two very good reasons. Firstly, it is a local and worthwhile charity and, secondly, it saved the company’s founder, Glyn Baker from a life-threatening situation when he had an accident on a farm some years ago.
“It was amazing running within the Olympic Park but more hilly than we expected and warmer, too, at 17 deg C,” said Henry “But we were pleased to contribute to the QE target.”
East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is a 365-day helicopter emergency medical service covering Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Quality Equipment has always prided itself on being a down-to-earth company. This was certainly the case for seven members of staff who got their hands – and everything else – dirty while taking part in the Only The Brave mud obstacle run. The event took place at Elveden Estates, near Thetford on Sunday 2nd April.
The aim was to raise £500 for the company’s favoured charity, the East Anglian Air Ambulance service. Pledges at over £1,000 have more than doubled this sum. A team of seven took part, plus two non-QE staff, with some tackling the five-mile and others braving the ten-mile course with over 40 obstacles!
Due to increased demand for Paneltim by pig farmers, Quality Equipment has extended its storage area by 220m² (2368 sq ft) at its Woolpit, Suffolk, base.
This will enable the company to stock an extra 5,000m² (53,819 sq ft) of the plastic panel, widely used in piggeries, particularly for pen division and gates. It offers substantial benefits in terms of strength and hygiene over many traditional materials.