Putting the wheels in motion

I’m Peter Webster, chief executive of Corps Security, and this is where I examine the issues affecting the security industry. My thoughts and opinions are intended to generate debate and whether you agree or disagree with them, you’re welcome to post your comments below.

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Most of us live life at such a frenetic pace these days that we often forget to take a step back every now and then to look at the bigger picture. I’m always impressed by those who recognise that there are people out there having a tougher time of it and feel sufficiently incentivised to do something to help.

With this in mind I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate a group of Corps Security employees who recently completed a sponsored charity cycle ride, where they covered more than 700 miles in one week. The reason that they embarked on this ever so slightly masochistic endeavour was to raise money for Corps Security’s chosen charity, the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF).

The RMCTF has an appeal called Commando Spirit, which encourages people to raise money by undertaking a range of challenging and daring activities. The money that is raised supports Royal Marines when they are deployed on operations, when they are wounded in combat and when recovering from the stresses of the battlefield. It also continues to support Royal Marines after service and provides for the families of those who have lost their lives.

Corps Security has committed to raising £15,000 through Commando Spirit and this prompted national account sales manager, Rob Hill, to get in the saddle. After discussing the idea with some of his colleagues – Fal Bassadien, Paul Redican, Scott Hudson and his friend Rob Haywood – they too decided to join him.

The team’s route took in all 12 mainland Corps Security offices, starting at Stevenage, travelling through London, Crawley, Bracknell, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Wakefield, Newcastle, Edinburgh and finishing seven days and 760 miles later in Glasgow. They spent over 56 hours in the saddle and have so far raised in excess of £4000 as a result of this gargantuan effort.

It was fascinating how they were able to use technology to keep in touch with their supporters. By using GPS tracking they were able to show live coverage of their progress along the route, while daily blog updates on Facebook and Twitter feeds gave a run down on each day’s events. A co-ordinated programme of local press coverage also helped to raise the profile of the project and make sure that any money raising opportunities were maximised.

I think it’s fair to say that prior to undertaking this challenge the team’s previous experience of long distance cycling was fairly limited. This, to my mind, makes their achievement all the more remarkable. I am therefore incredibly proud of what they have accomplished and feel fortunate that we have people of their calibre working at Corps Security.

Finally, it’s not too late to show support for their efforts and the Tour de Corps JustGiving page is still able to receive donations. Believe me, the RMCTF is grateful for every penny, so please dig deep.

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