Tough and Ready – we're getting into training!
At PMW we like to keep on our toes, whether that's inside the office or out. And if we can raise money for charity while we're at it, even better. Right now PMW staff are gearing up for a variety of high-energy fundraising events which will take them from Sussex all the way to Santander…
Partners in Grime
Gemma Hook and Anna Harris from our PR department have signed up for Tough Mudder – a 12-mile mud and obstacle course designed to test physical strength, stamina and mental grit. If that sounds like your worst nightmare, you're not alone.
"I'm trying to remember why I agreed to this," says Gemma. "There's going to be 500,000 litres of mud, 40 tons of ice, and obstacles with names such as Birth Canal and Skidmarked. On the plus side, we get a bottle of cold cider when we cross the finishing line."
Gemma is tackling the Tough Mudder course in Faygate, West Sussex, in aid of Glad's House charity for street children in Kenya. Anna has completed Tough Mudder twice before and promises to support Gemma all the way.
"It's about preparation, camaraderie, and cheering each other on when the course starts to seem impossible," says Anna. "Teamwork is the key to success at Tough Mudder, so in some ways it's just another day at the office!"
Meanwhile Fay Tate, senior social media executive at PMW, is running the 5k Cancer Research UK Race for Life on Worthing seafront. In true techie style she's getting race-fit with the help of a 'Couch to 5k' podcast.
"I've never done anything like this before, and I have to admit it's quite daunting," says Fay. "But I wanted to take part in memory of three people: a close family friend who died from cancer last year, a former colleague who worked as a nurse, and a friend's father. Signing up to the race seemed like a positive gesture to honour their lives."
The race is on June 18, and Fay has already planned her post-race treat. "If I can run the whole 5k I'll just be so delighted. I'm hoping to sprint from the finish line straight to the fish and chip shop!"
You can help with Fay's fundraising by supporting her here
Two Peters, one old banger, and strictly no sat nav…
PMW managing director Peter Sutton and financial director Peter Burton are heading to Spain this month to take part in the Keyline Rally in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. They'll be driving a £1k old banger on the gruelling route, which starts in Santander, crosses the Pyrenees and finishes in Calais on the sixth and final day.
Peter Burton says: "We'll be driving for eight to ten hours a day and sat nav is forbidden. The Keyline Rally has raised £900k for Prostate Cancer UK since it began in 2010. We're delighted to be taking part, and look forward to doing our bit to boost the figure up to £1m."
Walk this way
Finally, Peter Sutton and colleagues will be setting a more sedate pace when they join the annual Arundel to Brighton walk in aid of the Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity. The 21-mile walk across the stunning South Downs is set for mid-September, and takes around eight hours to complete.
"It's an arduous walk but the scenery is so spectacular that the time flies by," says Peter. "We've taken part in this event once before and it was a wonderful day. The charity is close to our hearts, raising money for children with cerebral palsy and motor-learning difficulties."
Joining Peter on the walk will be Elana Bryan, Josh Killner and Jackie Stainer from our account management department.
Good luck to all. And watch this space for pics!