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Mission accomplished

Chesterfield-based Mentor Training is celebrating the success of its year-long charity campaign which raised £25,000 – divided between five very worthy causes.

Organised to mark the company’s 25th anniversary, Mission 25 has involved a variety of spectacular challenges for Mentor staff, as well as collection of donations from the company and its customers.

Perhaps best known for its forklift truck operator training, Mentor is the UK’s leading provider of courses and associated services to those using materials handling, workplace transport and mobile plant equipment.

Throughout the year, Mentor donated 50p for every training day booked. While this generated a steady flow of funds to the five charities, much attention was drawn by the efforts – and bravery – of Mentor team members in their own sponsored missions.

For Senior Account Manager Claire Henshaw that meant having her head shaved. A group of four courageous ladies – Adele Coupe, Amy Alton, Charlotte Summerson and Norma Gartland – took on a sky dive in Nottingham, jumping from 13,000 feet and including a 5,000-foot freefall. Training Manager Eddie Ainsworth completed a gruelling 50-mile cycle ride, the ‘Oxford 50’.

Mentor’s Systems Manager, Neil Rose, challenged himself to complete a series of five half marathons held in diverse locations ranging from Wörthersee in Austria to the Formula 1 track at Silverstone.

Testing the men’s perseverance, creativity and ability to grow a moustache, Mentor’s ‘Clash of the Tash’ competition paid homage to the popular ‘Movember’ campaign.

The five causes receiving funds raised were carefully chosen and each is close to the hearts of Mentor staff. Help for Heroes, supporting wounded servicemen and women, and their families, was chosen for its relevance to the many staff members who have joined Mentor from the armed forces. Operating in traditionally male-dominated industry sectors, Mentor wanted to help Prostate Cancer UK in its fight to help more men survive the illness.

The Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity based in Sheffield and serving their local region, has helped a number of friends and relatives of Mentor staff. For staff and instructors north of the border in Mentor’s Livingston office and out in the field, the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, providing services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions, was a favourite choice. BBC Children in Need, funding projects for disadvantaged children and young people, was chosen for its UK-wide coverage which reflects the distribution of Mentor instructors and their families.

“This has been a very uplifting way of celebrating our first 25 years in business,” says Richard Shore, Mentor’s Managing Director. “We are very proud of the commitment our team has shown in supporting the five charities and we are grateful to the many people who have made donations. It has been a real privilege to be associated with these great causes and we wish them continued success in their work.”

For further information on Mentor visit www.mentortraining.co.uk.

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