Shaftec surpasses charity goal for Zoe’s Place

Across 2023, Birmingham-based remanufacturer Shaftec embarked on a mission to raise money for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, Coventry, a charity that cares for babies and young children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses.

With an initial fundraising target set at £3,300 – the cost of running the hospice for just one day – the company not only achieved but exceeded all expectations, amassing a total of £8,705.34 for this noble cause.

The success story behind this impressive feat lies in Shaftec’s diverse and spirited fundraising activities that rallied the support of employees, suppliers, and the community alike.

Shaftec’s team members embraced daring challenges as they participated in events to raise funds, including the Snowdon Sunrise Challenge, the Starley Sportive Cycling Event, Tandem Skydive, and the Wing Walk.

Luke Hopkins and Adrian Kitchen joined well over 100 other walkers from across the UK to take on the Snowdon Sunrise Challenge, raising £945 for the hospice.

The Tandem Skydive involved George Drennan falling around 9,000ft at speeds of up to 120mph; he managed to raise £1k for his endeavours.

And last but not least, Steve Healy and Mitesh Thanki took part in a Wing Walk, standing up and strapped to the top of a 1940s Boeing Stearman biplane, reaching speeds of up to 110mph! This feat led to them raising £1,721 for Zoe’s Place.

Shaftec has also introduced inventive in-house initiatives that not only raised funds but also encouraged participation and camaraderie among employees, including a weekly Lottery Bonus Ball, with the same amount of winnings also going to Zoe’s Place.

The company’s Reman and Return service provides Shaftec with an opportunity to add a donation. For every unit that is remanufactured, £1 has also been donated to Zoe’s Place.

Shaftec marketing manager Adrian Kitchen said: “As the curtains have now drawn on 2023, Shaftec’s astounding efforts not only provided crucial financial aid to Zoe’s Place but also echoed a message of hope, unity, and compassion across the team.

“We are proud to do what we can to help such a noble cause, and our fundraising journey stands as a shining example of the incredible heights that can be reached when a community rallies together for a meaningful goal.

“On the back of the success of 2023, we have set ourselves a new target for 2024 of £6,600.”

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