At SMS, we pride ourselves of a firmly ingrained set of company values that guide how we go about our day-to-day. This summer, we are jointly lacing up our running shoes to join the BBC Get Inspired and Public Health England’s One You campaign to get our team off the couch and running with the aim of completing the parkrun in Gorleston on Saturday, 11 August 2018.
As nominated by the team, we are using this challenge as an opportunity to raise funds in support of a great local charity, East Coast Hospice.
Launched in 2007, East Coast Hospice are fundraising to build a ten-bed specialist palliative care facility with day-care and complementary therapies for the people of Great Yarmouth and Waveney. The facility, to be known as Margaret Chadd House, will be located just south of Beacon Park, a stone's throw from SMS' own facility in Gorleston-on-Sea.
Having kicked off the week commencing 11 June, we are now three weeks into the nine-week programme, and the team are really starting to enjoy the sessions after work each Tuesday and Thursday. The programme gradually builds the run-duration each week to help increase stamina, and it’s fantastic to see the improvement in everyone.
Harrison, Assistant Operations Coordinator and part of the running group, gave us some insights into the experience so far: “Some of the team aren’t finding it as easy as others - especially in the unusually hot weather we are experiencing at the moment. However, everyone is giving it their all to raise money for what is a great cause. In addition to the sessions after work, the team are also running at home at the weekend to complete the three weekly runs which make up the programme. Some colleagues are also running with their friends and families which is great to see.”
Running together is a rewarding experience indeed, on many levels. Harrison explains: “The Couch to 5K is not only helping us to get fit, but also providing an opportunity to socialise with our colleagues, some of whom we don’t necessarily work with on a day-to-day basis.”
We are now just six weeks away from our goal of completing the 5K parkrun at Gorleston on 11 August. If you can spare some pennies, please support the team by donating online, and help us raise as much money as possible for East Coast Hospice.