Long Harbour Group’s Race Against Distance for Charity – 2021

Rachel Williamson, Chair of the Health and Well-being Committee , 23 April 2021

In February and March 2021, two teams from the Long Harbour Group of staff raced each other to see who could cover the most distance in thirty days. This was an initiative created by the Health and Well-being and Charity arms of the ESG committee.

It was agreed we would raise money for CALM, Long Harbour Group’s staff selected charity. The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male. CALM exists to change this.

The initial competition was which team could cover 564km the quickest. 564km was selected as this is the amount of lives CALM’s helpline saved in 2020.

Once this goal was met, the race was on to see which team could cover the most distance in the final 12 days.

The feedback about the challenge from the staff has been very positive, for mental health benefits and team bonding across the group (with people you may not socialise with normally), being two common feedback themes.

The charity and the staff have built a strong rapport and some of the team have already signed up for a 10km run in July with CALM.

The total raised was £1,798 and this will be matched by the Charity Committee. Well done to all involved and all who supported their colleagues and friends!

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