Business community rises to charity sports challenge

Business community rises to charity sports challenge

lympic Sports Day at the Iffley Road Sports Ground. High Sheriff, Tony Stratton, centre, with Olympic rower Greg Searle, left, and rugby and television star Matt Dawson, right

Tracey Mallett welly-wanging for the CPM UK Ltd team

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Didcot and Wallingford. Call me on 01865 425425

BUSINESSMEN and women swapped their suits for sports gear to take part in a fundraising challenge in Oxford.

More than 100 staff from 22 firms across Oxfordshire were invited to take part in the sporting challenge by Oxfordshire High Sheriff Tony Stratton.

They were put through their paces on Thursday, at the world-famous Iffley Road running track, where Sir Roger Bannister was the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes on May 6, 1954.

World Cup-winning England rugby player Matt Dawson and Olympic gold medal rower Greg Searle joined staff from the businesses for the challenge.

Employees from firms including Blackwell’s, Bicester Village and Sainsbury’s took part in contests at the track, such as archery, shot putt and the 1,500 metres.

High Sheriff of Oxfordshire Tony Stratton is aiming to raise a total of about £120,000 for Music for Autism, Access Sport and the Oxfordshire Community Foundation, which supports community groups working with disadvantaged people.

Among those who took part were staff from Thame-based retails sales business CPM UK Ltd.

Phil Roberts, commercial director, said: “Six staff took part and they had a brilliant day.

“We were delighted to join in the activities to raise funds.”

Tracey Mallett, from Aylesbury, a training executive for the firm, threw a boot 18 metres in the welly-throwing contest.

She added: “It was great fun. I don’t know if I was among the leaders because the results aren’t in yet.”

Mr Stratton said: “The High Sheriff is a Royal appointment and I took over in April.

“I came up with the idea of staging a sporting challenge, with businesses raising a chunk of money for good causes.

“About five people from each firm took part in a number of different events, including the 1,500 metres, archery, long jump, shot putt, rowing, basketball and throwing wellies.

“Once the money has been raised it will be managed by the Oxfordshire Community Foundation.”

Rugby player Mr Dawson, 41, said: “When you have Tony Stratton in charge of something like this you can see his passion for sport coming through. I have known him for about 10 years and he was chairman on my testimonial committee, so I was delighted to come along to this event.

“It’s great to see these business types sprinting around the track to raise such a lot of money for good causes.”

Olympic gold medal rower Greg Searle added: “I was very impressed with the amount of effort these supporters were putting in on the rowing machines and was happy to show them the basics.”

Jayne Woodley, chief executive of the Oxfordshire Community Foundation, said £35,000 would go to Music for Autism, £50,000 to Access Sport, and a further £35,000 would go to causes nominated by the foundation.

She added: “Mr Stratton has inspired the firms to take part and donate funding and we are organising the collection of the donations.”

  • Our top stories:

Skye Hall's family: Our first Christmas without our brave son

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 20th December 2014

LOOM bands are taking over the house of Skye Hall’s family as they prepare to spend their first Christmas without the brave youngster who died in August.

Hudspeth backs councillors in demand to be told man's pay in allowances row

Oxford Mail: Ian Hudspeth

8:30am Saturday 20th December 2014

OXFORDSHIRE County Council leader Ian Hudspeth has backed councillors Rodney Rose and Kevin Bulmer who asked a voter to reveal his wages when he challenged them over a 19 per cent hike in their allowance.

Two arrested for GBH after man injured in fight

Oxford Mail:

5:24pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Two teenagers from Witney were arrested last night after a man suffered a broken arm.

Oxfam "accepts" tweet ruling

Oxford Mail:

2:23pm Saturday 20th December 2014

OXFAM has said it accepts criticism from charity regulators over an alleged “party political” tweet about a “perfect storm” of poverty.

Ambulance managers shown as Nazis in Downfall video parody

Oxford Mail:

7:10am Saturday 20th December 2014

A VIDEO portraying South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) bosses as Nazi military officials has emerged on YouTube.

What brilliant picture is in our Oxford Mail Advent Calendar today?

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 9th December 2014

December is Advent Calendar time and we have a special new interactive graphic for you each and every day until Christmas Eve. I've chosen the best 24 pictures of 2014 and I'll be unveiling one a day - so what is behind's today's door?

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree