On a crisp Sunday morning on 17th September a team of eight Caxtons' employees set off at the crack of dawn to ride from Clapham Common to Brighton seafront, in the London to Brighton Charity Bike Ride, in support of Demelza Hospice, the company's chosen charity of the year.
Demelza cares for life-limited and life-threatened children providing support for them and their families and so far a massive £2,176 has been raised – beating the team's target of £2000.
All riders did extremely well to get through the day, with just two water breaks at miles 17 and 40 and a lunch break in between at mile 29 – overall riding the 54 miles to the finish line at Brighton Seafront, with some very undulating terrain and the dreaded Ditchling Beacon, the third-highest point on the South Downs at 248m high.
Despite Tom and Ed forging ahead of the pack for the majority of the race, unfortunately they were miss-directed by a marshal overseeing a nearby Triathlon at the last mile – who then accidentally sent them on a further 3-4 mile trip where they ended up finishing a completely
Overall the day was a long, hard slog, but a great team effort assisted in raising a significant amount for an extremely worthy cause!
Team members final times recorded were as follows:-
Well done to everyone who took part and a big thank you to all those who sponsored us and helped us reach our target!
On Thursday 17th and Friday 18th August 23 Caxtons' staff took part in a day volunteering at the Demelza Children's Hospice in Sittingbourne Kent.
Work began at 9:30am and staff helped out with a variety of tasks including excavating landscaped areas, mixing and transporting cement for a new path in the sensory garden, laying new paving slabs, clearing out greenhouses in preparation for the winter months, landscaping and planting new shrubs and flowers.
Domino's provided pizzas for lunch, which were followed by quantities of energy sustaining cakes, then it was back to 'grafting' again in the afternoon.
Work stopped around 4pm when staff were given a tour of the extensive gardens by head gardener, Alison, who said that our teams had been worth their weight in gold providing extra man-power to advance the tasks at hand.
The day finished with a tour of the hospice, visiting the lounge, dining room, art room, music room, soft play area and sensory room, amongst others.
The weather was mostly warm with some sunny intervals, so staff enjoyed being outside, getting some sun and fresh air as a complete change to dealing with residential property and commercial property in Kent, the office, and PC screen!
Overall the day was challenging but a truly rewarding experience for all who took part; giving them the opportunity to contribute to an extremely worthy cause and to experience first-hand the excellent work that Demelza does for children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.
The Demelza Garden
Caxtons is delighted to announce the appointment of Mandy Bearne in her new post as consultant Business Development Manager.
Director David Gurton said "Mandy's previous experience in planning, local government, economic development and inward investment sectors as well as B2B marketing will be an asset in her new job at Caxtons – a role we hope she will develop and make her own."
For the past 14 years Mandy has been employed as Director of Marketing and Research for the investment promotion agency, Locate in Kent (LiK). She also helped to run Kent Developers Group and LiK's corporate partnership scheme. Her primary role was broad reaching and involved not only promoting Kent as a business location, but also Locate in Kent and its various services. Her job included delivering a wealth of market research, management information and business intelligence - including property research.
One of Mandy's projects in 1992/3 was to manage the
first visit by the Tour de France to the UK. This took three years in the planning and involved absorbing and incorporating new legislation, liaising with the Police, Fire and Ambulance services, Kent County Council and three district councils. In addition, she had to carefully negotiate the requirements and nuances of the Société Tour de France. This, Mandy says, put other projects into perspective.
Experience in building and working within partnerships – including public/private initiatives and in the (local) political arena – has helped hone her diplomatic and negotiating skills. Mandy played a major role in setting up both Visit Kent and Produced in Kent – two extremely successful partnerships.
Mandy said: "I am delighted at the prospect of a new challenge where I can put my experience to good use."
Caxtons is very happy to have Mandy and her many and diverse talents on the team.