Staff steel themselves for charity efforts

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Staff at SMD are steeling themselves for a series of exhausting charity efforts this summer.

They are training hard for a 100k cycle ride and also a 26-mile trek along the county’s rugged Jurassic Coast.

It is all in aid of Julia’s House, the Dorset children’s hospice which helps children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families.

We have has chosen Julia’s House as our charity for the year.

Ben Pratten, managing director said: “We encourage our staff to be community-minded and they have generously given up their time to help charities.

“We have previously raised thousands of pounds for Cancer Research and Macmillan Cancer Support and this year wanted to focus on a worthwhile cause purely local to our Dorset base.

“And judging by the number of colleagues likely to take part in events this year we certainly have a very active, generous and healthy workforce.

“Every penny counts – every £300 will pay for 10 hours care for a poorly child at Julia’s House, and respite for an exhausted mum or dad.”

Our staff are participating in the Hospice to Hospice Cycle on Sunday June 11 from Julia’s House in Corfe Mullen to the charity’s newly-refurbished Wiltshire hospice at Devizes.

The challenging 100km course (or a 200km version for the really energetic) takes riders through the beautiful Dorset and Wiltshire countryside, with a refuelling stop at iconic Wilton House.

And on Saturday July 1 we will be getting our walking boots on for the 26-mile Jurassic Coast Trek from Lulworth Cove to Studland along Dorset’s stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site coastline.

SMD Site Operative Steve Baggott is taking part in the even more challenging Cateran Yomp, a 54-mile team march in 24 hours on June 10/11 across the rugged terrain of the Scottish wilderness in aid of ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity.

And Tedros Aberham, also an SMD Site Operative, is supporting the ERDA-UK charity which builds schools for children in Africa.