On 19th November, Ria Kerridge and Heather Cracknell from the Serocor Group attended the Naomi House Corporate Awards 2015 at Winchester Science Centre where we were shortlisted for three awards; 'Physical Challenge of the Year', 'Directors’ Challenge of the Year', and 'New Corporate Supporter'.
We are delighted to announce that we won the award for New Corporate Supporter at last night’s event. We caught up with Heather Cracknell, Head of People Development at Serocor Solutions, who says:
"This is a great honour for us to win the award for New Corporate Sponsor, each year the Serocor Group choose a charity and this year the employees chose Naomi House and Jacksplace. We as a company planned and participated in a number of different activities, including a monthly dress down day where all employees paid for the privilege of dressing in casual clothes. Two of our employees committed to doing the Clarendon Way Walk for Naomi House and another employee took part in Foam Fest. The biggest challenge we set ourselves was to embark on a 300-mile cycle ride to be completed over three consecutive days with every penny going to Naomi House and Jacksplace, plus many other fundraising ideas. For the company it has been hard work, but good fun and has enabled different parts of the business to work as a team."
Over the past 12 months, the Serocor Group has introduced a formalised volunteering scheme called Embrace. This initiative encourages our employees to work with local charities and each employee is given 16 hours per year to volunteer. Every year, the Serocor Group has a chosen charity which is voted for by its employees and this year it was Naomi House and Jacksplace. We set ourselves a target of £20,000 to raise for the charity, the highest target we have ever committed to, and we are on course to beat this.
We are also thrilled to say that we were runners-up in the ‘Physical Challenge of the Year’ and ‘Directors’ Challenge of the Year’ categories. In June, our team of 11 challengers embarked on a 300-mile cycle ride over three consecutive days, setting off from our Havant base and taking in our two other southern offices. It was a gruelling challenge, spending approximately seven to eight hours per day in the saddle, but the riders returned to a heroes’ welcome of friends, family and even the local Mayor and MP turned out to show their support.
One of the City Cycle challengers, Andrew Vaughan, says, "Firstly, we would like to extend a big thank you to Naomi House and Jacksplace for this nomination, as a Group we feel extremely proud to have been considered for such a fantastic award. Congratulations to the winners, who deserve particular recognition for their wonderful achievement and the amount of money they raised during their challenge. The opportunity to raise money for Naomi House and Jacksplace was something that everyone within the Group were extremely passionate about, especially when you see what a real difference it can make to the special individuals who benefit from their love and care. Although the challenge was extremely hard and at times demoralising, our sense of togetherness and team spirit never faltered as we realised why we were taking part. Thank you once again for our nomination, it has been a great honour to have represented Naomi House and Jacksplace in 2015."
Mark Channon, Director of Bloc, was pleased to have been nominated for the 'Directors’ Challenge of the Year', alongside Mike Gawthorne (CEO of the Serocor Group) and Paul Mallinson (MD of Optamor), "It was an honour to take part in this event and be nominated for this award. As with anything there is always an element of disappointment not to win, but in the grand scheme of things I am just proud to have been able to contribute to such a worthy cause."
The Serocor Group have raised £19,200 to date for Naomi House and Jacksplace and will continue to support them until the end of February 2016 with various fundraisers, aiming to beat our original predicted target of £20,000.