A team of colleagues from British Gypsum were amongst 13 fighting fit fundraisers who took part in the East Leake Triathlon last weekend, raising money for local charity ‘Stand Against MND’.
Paul Freemantle, Greg Mitchell and Jason Gilbourne, all of whom work for the Company at its East Leake headquarters, raised a whopping £1,300 for the charity by participating in the event which had originally been due to take place in March this year.
Delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdown and subsequent event restrictions, a total of 270 people took part in the local event which involved a 400m indoor swim, a 20km cycle ride and a 5k run through the local area.
‘Stand Against MND’ was founded in 2019 by local resident Sam Perkins following his own devastating diagnosis with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) aged just 38. The charity is dedicated to raising funding for research into a cure for MND and also to supporting the work of Nottinghamshire Hospice which provides support and care to those affected by MND in the local area. Since its inception last year, the charity has raised over £20,000 – which has been split between the two causes, with a total of £4,500 raised through Sunday’s East Leake Triathlon event alone.
Paul Freemantle, Line Leader at British Gypsum, said: “Taking part in the triathlon last week was an amazing experience and we are so pleased that it was eventually able to go ahead.
“We want to do whatever we can to support Sam and his wife Emma raise money for their charity and we are proud to have been able to collect such a substantial amount. MND is a terrible disease but it isn’t incurable – a cure just hasn’t be found yet. The work Stand Against MND does will go a long way to help change that so we can improve the lives of others in the future that are diagnosed with this disease.”