Vax races the dragon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Trust

Employees from Britain’s leading floorcare brand Vax put on a valiant performance in Worcester’s ‘Race The Dragon’ charity regatta on Sunday 8th June, raising £185 for Macmillan Cancer Trust in the process.

A total of 20 Vax employees from all parts of the business teamed up to take part in the annual charity dragon boat race on the River Severn in Worcester. This year a record 28 teams competed in the event, which has local teams of all ages and abilities racing against each other to win trophies and raise money for charity.

Vax’s chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Trust, was nominated by employee Marie Tyrell who is currently battling cancer. Marie, who works as a Customer Service Advisor at Vax’s offices in Droitwich, was overwhelmed when she found out that her charity had been selected by the team, who promised to paddle their hardest for this great cause.

Captained by Finance Ledger Assistant Simon Halls and with Purchasing Administrator Hannah Hughes setting the pace as drummer, the ‘Steaming Vaxons’ competed in a series of heats throughout the day. Wearing World Cup themed ‘retro footballer’ fancy dress outfits, complete with tight shorts, curly perm wigs and moustaches, the Vaxons battled their way through the first four races in a bid to win a place in the finals. With no prior training, they got off to a slow start in the first heat where their inexperience as a team showed. However, they found their feet in the second race and picked up speed considerably, shaving 11 seconds off their previous time to storm into second place. Having finally found their rhythm, they got even faster in the third heat knocking a further 9 seconds off their race time to once again claim second place. Unfortunately tiredness took its toll in the last heat, causing them to miss out on a place in the finals and putting them 21st overall.

“It was a great effort by everyone from Vax who took part, especially as we’d never paddled together as a team before the day,” commented Simon Halls. “We all had a fantastic time and we’re really proud we’ve helped raise money for such a great cause in the process. We’ll definitely be back next year to break into the top 20!”

The Worcester dragon boat race is just one of a series of sporting events that Vax encourages its employees to take part in throughout the year, as part of the company’s ‘VaxFit’ health and wellness scheme. This scheme helps employees keep fit and healthy through a range of initiatives including subsidised gym membership, free weekly fruit deliveries, a cycle to work scheme, health screening and access to confidential advice and counseling. Next in the VaxFit sporting calendar is  an interdepartmental 5-a-side football tournament in July, followed by the Birmingham Half Marathon in October, which saw a team of 40 Vax employees race for charity in 2013.

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