Every charitable action, no matter how small, has the power to inspire and change lives within local communities and beyond. With this in mind, we’d like to acknowledge the recent charity work of four MVFers, Senior CRM Executive Alex Maclachlan, Senior BDM Simon Carmichael, Client Ops Manager Scott Christie and Senior Biddable Marketing Executive Tom Rees who have recently accomplished some incredible charitable goals!
MVF is so passionate about empowering our teams to help others succeed, we run a matched giving programme where any donations made to registered charities by MVFers throughout the year are matched pound for pound.
Scott’s Half Marathon for Mind
Last weekend Scott successfully completed his first half marathon in Aberdeen for Mind. Mental health is a hugely misunderstood and Mind help to provide support, treatment and understanding to all of those dealing with mental health issues across the UK. Scott raised over £500 for this incredible organisation and is already planning his next charity event.
Scott commented: "I was inspired to take on the challenge of my first half marathon after the massively successful 402k challenge MVF ran back in June. MVF has also inspired me with its powerful CSR focus and this made me want to run for a cause. I had been part of the team who started the initial Mindful Midsummer, so Mind was the natural fit as I am passionate about raising awareness of mental health issues. I've also signed up for Byte Night in October, which is an overnight sleep-out to highlight homelessness issues across the UK, so there's more even fundraising to come I hope!"
Alex’s Rainy But Rewarding Cycle
Alex participated in a sponsored 160km cycle to raise money, also for the mental health charity Mind. Despite wind and rain for 150km of the cycle, Alex persevered and proudly arrived at the finish line feeling happy - but very, very wet. MVF matched the money he personally raised for the event which resulted in an incredible £1,400 donation for Mind.
Alex commented: “Everyone at MVF was so supportive and generous with their donations! The weather wasn't on my side however. It was the first bad weather we had had in about two months but I met up with Drew from MVF’s Tech team en route and we joked about the weather, which actually made it a lot more enjoyable.”
Simon’s Triumphant Triathlon - Take Two!
Simon took on the Ironman 70.3 in Zell am See, Austria on behalf of the charity The Goed Life (pronounced Good Life). The 1.5 million people in the UK with learning disabilities have a 94% unemployment rate. The Goed Life’s mission is to help people with learning disabilities train for meaningful employment and give them a sense of belonging in their local communities. The charity is currently aiming to raise £10,000 for an essential minibus and other tools to support those with learning disabilities around the Northamptonshire area.
Simon commented: “After a very cold night with snow falling on the course, the race was changed to a swim-run event at the last minute for the safety of competitors. We went ahead and the three of us came through in the top 32% of all competitors! However, we wanted to reflect the immense support from all the donations in our efforts, so we were not satisfied with just the swim-run. So we signed up for the Allerthorpe Ironman 70.3 this weekend in Yorkshire to ensure we tackle the full task that we promised to do.”
Tom’s Hardcore Charity Course
Tom Rees also has some upcoming charity work as taking on a Tough Mudder that will test his endurance this October in order to fundraise for Papyrus, the national charity for the prevention of youth suicide. We wish him the best of luck and with MVF’s support, hope that he can exceed his £500 fundraising goal.