As we get closer to the dates for the three main events raising money for the NSPCC, we've been catching up with some of the team members to see how their training has been going.
Meet, Alex, Henry and Liz!
Alex Tatham - Team Lead for the Thames Trek
I am delighted to be leading a fine, intrepid set of Westcoast employees across every bridge in London on 11th Sept. It’s a mere 25km that the team will easily complete – whereas I look forward to hanging back to ensure there are no stragglers!!! I hope to complete the challenge and am then taking a weeks holiday to recover! As for training, I have been doing legs of the Capital Ring walk around London but the good news is that I have lived in London all my life and know every pub on the way!
Fundraising has been brisk and I have a personal goal of getting to £2000 sponsorship which I am over a quarter of the way there as I write. The whole team should raise well over £10k, which Westcoast will match, raising much needed funds for one of Britain’s best charities as chosen my our staff charity team.
Henry Beech - Team Member of the team cycling from London to Paris
The training so far has been tough!! I have only recently got back onto the bike after an accident which left me out of training for 4 weeks after falling off due to a pot hole and a trip to A&E… rest assured thought I will make it to the Eiffel Tower!
My longest training ride so far has been 107KM which did exhaust me, we’ll be doing around 130km a day for 4 days so we’re in for some fun but im confident we can all do it.
Fund raising has been very positive as well, I’m just about to cross the £1500 mark and will be having a last push in the last 2 weeks to get me to the finish line.
Liz Capel - Team Member of the 'Westcoast Jumpers' Skydiving team
Training wise – I’ll be honest – I’ve not been too sure how to train for this – but I do know that it has definitely been easier to prepare for than the London to Paris Bike ride – maybe I’ll do that one next time……..
I’m SO happy that I’ve been able to fundraise for the NSPCC, still a little more to raise if I can in the next week or so, anyone reading this would like to donate – please do it today. I can’t thank my family, friends and colleagues enough for sponsoring me to do this – they all know who they are and mostly think I’m mad….!
Now the date’s getting closer, I’m looking forward to the jump but am sure when the time comes to actually “GO” I’ll be bricking it! It’s helping that it’s a tandem dive and I’m not jumping on my own (otherwise I’d probably never leave the plane). Really glad that I’ll also have others there to experience this with me too and we all get to take off and fly in a plane for a little while…
I’ve always wanted to do a skydive but hadn’t managed to prioritise it enough to do anything about it. So this is will definitely be one to tick off the bucket list. Roll on 12th September!