Vax races to the top for charity

Employees from Britain’s leading floorcare brand* have succeeded in reaching their target to raise over £2.5k for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, following their participation in the BUPA Great Birmingham Run on Sunday 19th October.

The team of runners from its sites in Birmingham and Droitwich completed the challenging 13-mile course, cheered on by employees from all parts of the business who gathered to give their support. International Product Manager, Mark Buttin, was the fastest Vax runner, recording a time of 1 hour, 31 minutes and 25 seconds while reporting Accountant, Danielle Clayton, was the fastest woman, completing the race in just 1 hour 53 minutes and 40 seconds.

Vax transformed their Birmingham city centre HQ at Colmore Circus into a base for the runners, with refreshments donated by local business Café Spa available before and after the race. Donations from friends and family poured in at the JustGiving page and cake bake-off fundraising events were held at both Vax sites in the weeks surrounding the event, helping to boost the total raised to £2,547.32. The money will be used to help fund a new bathroom at the Children’s Hospital’s Complex Care Unit, which looks after children with serious, complex and life-limiting conditions.

“Our runners put on a great performance and achieved some impressive finishing times this year,” commented Vax MD, David Winterbottom. “Everyone at Vax has really pulled together to raise a fantastic amount of money for such a worthwhile cause. The Complex Care Unit provides an invaluable service for children, so we’re very proud to be helping them raise the money they need.”

The Great Birmingham Run is one of a number of regular sporting events that Vax encourages its staff to take part in through its ‘VaxFit’ health and wellness scheme. The 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.

There’s still time to donate online at: or by text message by texting the code VAXM62 along with your amount to 70070.  For more information about working at Vax visit

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Notes for editors
* Vax is Britain’s leading floorcare brand (Source: GfK RT UK, Vacuum Cleaners + Steam Cleaners, Volume Sales, Sep 2013-Aug 2014)

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