Unum, one of the UK’s leading employee benefits providers, is really getting stuck in with Ark Day, and the corporate social responsibility committee has come up trumps with a number of initiatives to help Ark Cancer Centre Charity, their nominated local charity partner in Basingstoke.
Firstly, they have organised a rowing relay, which will take place at their Basing View offices. The staff plan to pull in the pounds by rowing non-stop for 12 straight hours.
Frankie Kebby, one of the community champions at Unum, is encouraging colleagues to get stuck in:
“The relay will run with 15-minute sessions per person between 6am and 6pm. If people feel they can do longer or would like to row more than one throughout the day then they can go for it. What heroes!”
The insurance business is hoping to gain the support of other Basing View businesses, to put forward a team to use a second rowing machine running side-by-side, providing some healthy competition.
The team at Unum, have also volunteered to help out with bucket collections that will be taking place in the town centre. Andy Brown, Unum’s charity champion, said:
“We chose Ark Cancer Centre Charity as our partner for this year because it is such an important cause for Basingstoke and will provide a vital facility for people living in the town.
“We have organised various fundraising events for Ark, including a quiz, summer party, comedy night and raffles. We are really looking forward to being involved in Ark Day and hope that the people of Basingstoke unite to support such an important local charity, and also have some fun at the same time.
“We are proud to support Ark Day and hope that other businesses will follow our lead by coming up with their own challenges to raise funds.”
Unum is also sponsoring a comedy night on August 2, teaming up with two other Ark supporters – comedian Jan Jack and the Apollo Hotel, which is hosting the event.