John braves freezing temperatures for Age UK Exeter

 

Nu-Heat Customer Support Engineer, John Cornish, has completed a gruelling week long Arctic Challenge to raise funds for Age UK Exeter.

The week involved various challenges in freezing temperatures including dog sledging, building and digging shelters to sleep in and cross country skiing.

John spent three days sleeping outside, one of which was supposed to be spent in a snow hole, but he drew the short straw when the shelter was too small to sleep in for the night:

“We thought the snow hole would be big enough for three of us – but it wasn’t!  I ended up sleeping under the stars.  I had a good sleeping bag so I wasn’t too cold, but it was a bit odd feeling the snow fall when you are trying to sleep!”

Even when staying in a cabin for a couple of nights, there were no luxuries:

“We stayed in a cabin to begin with, but there was no running water or electricity.  We were eating by candlelight and melting snow for our water.  The toilet was 50 metres away, so if you needed to go in the night you had to brave the icy cold temperatures!”

John is hoping to raise over £2500 for Age UK Exeter and is hopeful others will get involved in the future to support charities.

“It was harder than I thought it would be and there were times when I thought ‘why am I doing this?’, but the whole experience was brilliant – a real challenge.  I’d definitely recommend it, and hopefully some other members of the Nu-Heat team will give it a try next year.”

Martyn Rogers, Director at Age UK Exeter, was impressed with Nu-Heat’s support:  “We were delighted that John signed up for the Arctic Challenge and his input has raised invaluable funds towards our work with isolated and vulnerable older people.  We really appreciate the support Nu-Heat have shown in helping John achieve his fundraising target – its great to have a local company raising funds for local people!”

To make a donation, visit John’s fundraising page: www.virginmoneygiving.com/johncornish1

If you like the sound of John’s experience, Age UK Exeter are currently recruiting for the 2015 Arctic Challenge.  To find out more, give Jacqui Cornish at Age UK Exeter a call on 01392 202092.

Festive dress up in aid of Alzheimer’s Society

 

Today Nu-Heat staff donned their best festive attire to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society.

Alzheimer’s Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Thank you to all those that took part and made a valuable contribution.

For more information about Alzheimer’s Society or to make a donation visit

www.alzheimers.org.uk/

Christmas lunch for local Senior Citizens

Honiton Community College held their annual Christmas dinner for local Senior Citizens this week.

Due to popular demand the number of attendees increased 20% on last year’s event and looks as if it will increase again for the much anticipated 2014 dinner!

The local college is very much at the heart of the community and received great support for the event not only from the local media but many local companies also, including Nu-Heat.

The raffle raised just over £300 for the two nominated charities – The Royal British Legion and Devon Air Ambulance.
Further details of the event can be found at www.honitoncollege.devon.sch.uk

To make a donation to Devon Air Ambulance visit www.daat.org and for the British legion  www.britishlegion.org.uk