News: Car Supermarket Division Directors "Challenge the Wild" for charity

News: Car Supermarket Division Directors

From left to right: Finance Director Nick Roberts, Commercial Director James Dunkley, Marketing and IT Director Leo Nelson, People Director Fiona Cottle, CEO Jonathan Dunkley, Operations Director Kirk O'Callaghan, Chief Financial Officer Brian Scott

The Executive Leadership Team for the Sytner Group Used Car Supermarket Division dared to “Challenge the Wild” to raise money for CarShop’s charity partner, Global’s Make Some Noise under the CarShop Cares programme.

Travelling to Edale in the Peak District at 9.30am to “Challenge the Wild”, the team was subjected to a gruelling set of challenges for 7 hours. This included covering a massive 15km, trekking to high peaks and climbing their way up steep rock faces. They also crossed a canyon on a 15-metre Tyrolean traverse with nothing to help them but gravity and their strength, which most of them achieved in under a minute.

But the highlight of the day was abseiling over a rocky cliff edge by themselves. The team stood over the edge and couldn’t see the bottom of the 120ft drop due to the mist. When asked what he was about to do, Chief Financial Officer Brian Scott said: “I don’t really know – I don’t want to know.”

Whereas Fiona Cottle, People Director said: “I’m actually looking forward to going over the edge. Bring it on.”

The entire leadership team successfully completed the challenge despite seemingly plunging into the abyss with smiles on the faces and just a couple of bumpy landings.

Jonathan Dunkley, CEO said: “It was a great day that not only pushed us to our limits, but also raised a lot of money for CarShop’s charity partner, Global’s Make Some Noise who do fantastic work.”

The tremendous effort from the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) met their goal of £10,000 for the charity and the total is still rising. The target amount that the CarShop Cares programme hopes to raise for Global’s Make Some Noise is a massive £80,000 by the end of the year – meaning that this challenge has already achieved over 12.5%.

Starting the trend in 2017, the ELT took on the Winter Wolf Run and raised an incredible £12,554 for the charity, bringing the total to over £20,000 with just their efforts alone.

CarShop’s charity partner, Global’s Make Some Noise supports very special, small projects across the UK, all of which are doing amazing work to change the lives of youngsters and their families which are living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity.

Jonathan continued: “We were really pumped doing it and can’t wait to see what next year has in store for us.”

But it doesn’t stop there, colleagues from all over the business are doing their own challenges in an effort to meet the £80k target by the end of the year. As part of the CarShop Cares programme, every colleague is entitled to a day in lieu to fundraise for Global’s Make Some. Many of them have taken up this opportunity in 2018 and have sky-dived, ran multiple Wolf Runs and cycled from Lands’ End to John O’Groats all in the name of charity.

Since the CarShop Cares scheme began at the end of 2016, there has been an astronomical £117,676.58 raised for Global’s Make Some Noise with that figure getting bigger every day. And that figure doesn’t include the £27,099.92 also raised for charities local to the CarShop stores.

Used Car Supermarket Directors “Challenge the Wild” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNHBm_h74o0&feature=youtu.be

  • On: 29 July 2018
  • By: CarShop

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