Industry views | 31 May 2016
Adrian Colman, Wincanton’s CEO, hosted the event and paid tribute to the amazing fundraising efforts from everyone involved including cyclists, volunteers, customers and sponsors.
At the event, we caught up with Will Hartop, Business Development Manager at Wincanton about his experiences on the ride: “The Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge is something that I’ve always wanted to do. So when I heard about the opportunity to do this as part of the Big Event and raise money for charity, I immediately signed up.
“What I enjoyed most about the challenge was the team work and meeting new people. The Big Event gave me the opportunity to meet some truly incredible people, with such amazing personalities as well as great mental and physical strength. The Big Event was a real testament to Wincanton and to the staff it employs.”
Richard Cutts, General Manager, added: “People say to cycle from South to North because the wind is supposed to be behind you, that is a myth! The wind was in our face most of the time. But the experience was absolutely amazing and I’ve built up some real friendships. This event is a great way to catch up and acknowledge our achievements.”
To complete celebrations, a few colleagues received a number of light hearted awards to reward qualities shown throughout the event, including trust, togetherness, proactivity, integrity, passion and excellence. Values that are core to Wincanton as a business.
Operations Controller, Dave Mackay, also shared a few words about how he felt through legs 8-12, between Sanquhar and the finishing line. He said: ""When I heard about the Big Event, I was really happy to be a part of it, although I wasn't sure what I was letting myself in for. It was a truly fantastic experience. The team spirit and camaraderie was amazing. I’ll remember the energy and enthusiasm everyone brought to the Big Event.”
The Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride has also served to highlight Wincanton’s dedication to promoting employee health and well-being. Jason Ward, Team Manager, said: “The Big Event has really got colleagues excited about cycling in Stafford. I cycle to work every day and there are lots of new bikes in the bike shelter. I think the cycle2work scheme has also really helped.”
Wincanton has received over 400 applications from staff wishing to participate in the new cycle2work scheme, which is run in partnership with Halfords.
Once again, we’d like to thank our staff, volunteers, customers, suppliers and sponsors for all their efforts and commitment in making the Wincanton Big Event 2016 so very special.
While the Big Event may have finished, we are still accepting donations. So far we’ve raised an impressive £32,500, and Wincanton will be matching the final amount raised pound for pound. This means that we’ll be presenting charities with an outstanding amount of over £65,000. This is an amazing result that we hope will support both charities in the tremendous work they do.
Visit our dedicated donation page to pledge your support: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/WincantonsBigEvent2016