April 2017 saw the milestone of the Severn Trent Trust Fund being in operation for 20 years. To celebrate this momentous achievement a target of completing 20 charity challenges with the aim of raising £20,000 for WaterAid by April 2018 was set. Throughout the year we have run, biked, swum,, jumped and sailed to reach the fundraising target.
WaterAid is a charity that is close to our hearts. Clean drinking water, proper toilets and good hygiene are all things that we take for granted in our daily lives, yet millions of people don’t have access to these basic services. 1 in 10 people still don’t have access to safe water and 1 in 3 don’t have access to clean water. WaterAid are helping to transform the world’s poorest communities by providing them with access to clean water and we wanted to do our bit to help them achieve this goal.
The start of April saw us begin our Anniversary celebrations by teaming up with Severn Trent to host a bake-off. Further in-house fund raisers also took place such as a raffle, bonus ball and lunch to help further support the fundraising challenge.
The teams first major challenge saw 17 of us take part in the 10k Great Midlands Fun Run managing to raise an amazing £1,000. Four members of the Auriga Services Marketing team took to the skies and agreed to jump out of a plane at 13,000 feet, raising £2,000 in the process.
The Trust Fund then took part in a series of back to back events which began with the WaterAid Tough Sh!t challenge a 10k assault course, which a team of 10 managed to complete in just under 2 hours and raised £1,000.
Mark Abrams set sail to the seas with a team of 6 aiming to sail 251 miles in 5 days. Not only did the team complete the challenge but they were able to raise £795 along the way.
Rounding off a busy month, a quiz evening was planned and hosted at the Royal Hotel in Sutton Coldfield. Ten teams entered the quiz and also take part in the raffle and auction held on the night. A huge £1,500 was raised from the evening.
Our next challenge saw us make a splash in the pool, as a team of 4 headed to Wyndley Leisure Centre, Sutton Coldfield with the aim of swimming 20,000m. Not only did the team smash the challenge but they managed to raise £200 along the way.
Not content with running and swimming, we then hopped on to static bikes at the Gracechurch Centre, Sutton Coldfield with the aim of cycling 200km over the course of two days. Over the two days the team managed to double the total to 400km. During the challenge the team was collecting donations from the public and managed to raise an incredible £1,084.
Giving the physical activities a break, we then set CEO of Auriga Services, Mark Abrams and Severn Trent Director of Strategy and Regulation, Tony Ballance the challenge of breaking out of prison. Held at the ‘The Lockup’ formerly Steelhouse Lane prison in Birmingham, both were tasked with the challenge of raising enough money to allow themselves to break-free from their cells. Having spent the day on the phones and canvassing people to help them get released Mark and Tony did an amazing job and between them raised a staggering £8,933.
With the finish line in site, we then found out from WaterAid that between November 2017 and January 2018 any fundraising collected would be matched by the Government. This resulted in a further £2,463 being added to our total.
We were not content with reaching our total so continued to fundraise until the end of year. Firstly we supported WaterAid and World Water Day by going blue for the day. This was swiftly followed by a day at Asda, Coventry where again the public kindly donated to the cause. Both events were able to raise a further £250.
Tuesday April 17th saw us bring an end to our year of fundraising with a celebratory lunch held at Severn Trent offices in Coventry which also commemorated the 20 years of the Severn Trent Trust Fund. We welcomed former and current trustees, Severn Trent staff and companies that have been supported by the Trust Fund. A great day spent celebrating the achievements of the last 20 years whilst also presenting a cheque of £23,142 to WaterAid from our fundraising efforts over the last year.
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