The team’s fund raising efforts take them to Lippstadt and beyond
Chipping Warden. November 2020. An intrepid group of HELLA employees have shown their commitment to each other and their willingness to face the challenges posed by coronavirus restrictions on group gatherings, to help support a local charity by walking the equivalent of going from Banbury to Germany and back again!
Over two weeks in September, the team of 21 were each given a personal distance target that when combined, would be the same as walking from HELLA’s UK distribution centre in Chipping Warden, Oxfordshire, to the company’s German headquarters in Lippstadt, and back – a total distance of 906 miles!
Although helped by the glorious late summer weather, the team went above and beyond in their fund raising pursuit for the Katherine House Hospice in Banbury, as they smashed their target and ended up covering a total of 1,391 miles – the equivalent of walking on to Inverness, after the return leg from Germany!
As well as taking on the physical challenge, each walker also contributed to the cause financially by paying to be part of the team, and the money they raised was then matched by the company, which meant that a total of £750 was raised for the hospice.
“During a difficult year, much of which we have spent apart from one another, the walkathon was not only in aid of a good cause, but also allowed us to come together as a team, albeit virtually, and re-establish a bit of intercompany camaraderie,” explained Senior Head of Marketing & Communications, Helen Goldingay.
“As well as being great for team spirits, the endeavour was also good for us in terms of our physical health, as we enjoyed plenty of fresh air and it helped us with our general fitness, which in turn was beneficial for our mental health and overall wellbeing. As a result, the initiative has been adopted by HELLA worldwide, so we expect to see similar adventures undertaken by our colleagues overseas.”
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HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA, Lippstadt: HELLA is a global, family-owned company, listed on the stock exchange, with over 125 locations in some 35 countries. With sales of € 7.0 billion in the fiscal year 2018/2019 and 39,000 employees, HELLA is one of the leading automotive suppliers. HELLA specialises in innovative lighting systems and vehicle electronics and has been an important partner to the automotive industry and aftermarket for more than a century. Furthermore, in its Special Applications segment, HELLA develops, manufactures and sells lighting and electronic products for specialist vehicles.