All for one and one for Breast Cancer Research
Three Riwal UK employees will be swimming, biking and running to support Riwal UK’s Rise Above Breast Cancer campaign – a year-long fundraising campaign for cancer research charity Breast Cancer Now.
Accounts Specialist Hayley Staniscia, National Engineering Manager Craig Barrow and Accounts Assistant Rachel Chettle are taking part in the Woburn Abbey ‘Tri for Life’ Triathlon on Saturday 8 September at Woburn Abbey.
The three colleagues, who all work in the HQ offices of leading powered access sales and hire specialist Riwal UK in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, are competing as a relay team in the Olympic-distance event.
Hayley will start the triathlon with the 1500-metre open water swim in the Abbey’s lake. Craig will then complete the 44-kilometer bike ride. Rachel will finish the triathlon with the 10.5-kilometre run through the Abbey’s grounds and deer park.
This is the first time Rachel, Craig and Hayley have competed together as a team in a sporting event. Craig is the only team member to have taken part in a triathlon before, although they are all experienced at their individual sports.
Staff fundraising efforts supported by the ‘Pink Ladies’
As well as fundraising by employees, Riwal UK is supporting Breast Cancer Now by donating five per cent of the hire fees of two special powered access machines until July 2019.
‘Betty Boom’ a JLG 600AJ Boom and ‘Suzie Scissor Lift’ a Holland Lift B-195DL25 4WD scissor lift, have been painted pink to raise awareness of the disease on worksites throughout the country.
One in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and around 11,500 women and 80 men die from the disease in the UK every year.
Breast cancer research charity Breast Cancer Now aims to make the disease survivable for every woman who develops it by the year 2050. The charity is currently funding 85 research grants totalling £26.5 million to achieve this aim.
Riwal UK Country Manager Mick Ledden said: “Our Rise Above Breast Cancer campaign is in full swing and our customers are queuing up to hire the 'pink ladies'!
“All Riwal UK staff members have committed to personally get involved during the 12-month campaign and this is admirably demonstrated by Hayley, Craig, and Rachel competing together in Woburn Abbey 'Tri for Life'.
“We are fortunate to have a competitive swimmer, road cyclist and distance runner in the Riwal UK team and we are very proud that their talents will be raising more money to help fight breast cancer."
Looking forward to raising funds for breast cancer research
Rachel is a keen runner, competing in up to half-marathon distance, Craig cycles around 100 miles a week and Hayley is a competitive swimmer.
Rachel says: “I usually run alone or with my sister. To be part of a Riwal UK team with other people there for encouragement will be great. We’ll be cheering each other on.”
Craig is not daunted by the distance, but he is conscious of the need for speed. “Because it’s a competition and a relay, I need a fast time, or I’ll be slowing the whole team down,” he says.
Hayley is really looking forward to the triathlon. “It’s great to work hard to raise money for a good cause,” she says. “Almost all of my swimming is in the pool, so it will be a big challenge for me to complete the swim in open water.”
The Woburn Triathlon is in its eleventh year and has raised over £2.4m for charities.
Support Riwal UK’s Rise Above Breast Cancer Campaign
Riwal UK is inviting companies to support the campaign by booking the pink boom or scissor lift and to make a donation directly through the company’s Just Giving page.
For more information about Riwal’s year-long fundraising campaign for Breast Cancer Now, read the story here.
Sponsor the Riwal UK Woburn Triathlon Team today through Riwal’s Just Giving page