Team grabs job lot for charity

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Company managers pulled out all the stops when they were presented with an Apprentice-style challenge.

The group of 10 at RS Components, Corby, was given less than 24 hours to find a list of items needed by Lakelands Hospice in Corby.

And just like the television show, it was no easy task. The list included a defibrillator machine, a three-seater sofa and some large real or artificial trees.

The senior leaders team took on the challenge and yesterday they presented the hospice in Butland Road with all the 18 items on the shopping list, including £1,750, which will more than cover the cost of the defibrillator machine.

Community fundraiser at Lakelands Karen Rymarz said: “We can’t thank RS, the challenge team and all the employees enough. They have all been fantastic.

“The items were all needed by the hospice staff and patients. What they have achieved in less than 24 hours is simply marvellous.”

The team was given the challenge at 2pm on Thursday and by 11.30am yesterday they had delivered all the items to the hospice.

Some of the equipment came from RS, but they received help from Poundstretcher and The Range stores in Corby.

Using Facebook and Twitter, members set the fundraising drive in motion and donations came flooding in.

Staff were asked to donate £1 to enter or leave the RS complex yesterday and that raised £800 alone.

Corby mayor Gail McDade, who was at the presentation, said: “Staff at RS do a fantastic job in supporting the Corby community and charity and the challenge team and the employees have done a brilliant job.”

Other items on the shopping list included two desk-top printers, a Dyson vacuum, a handheld food mixer, a free-standing floor lamp, an upholstery cleaner, a food processor and a set of spanners.

Sally Measures, internal communications manager at RS, said: “As soon as we heard what the challenge was we were all incredibly excited.

“It was designed as a team-building exercise and we all got stuck in and worked together.

“As well as providing items that will help staff and patients we wanted to raise the profile of Lakelands and the vital work that it does for patients both at the hospice and in their homes.”