20th June 2007
Kind-hearted staff from a North West-based telecommunications company have raised over £1,000 for charity.
Three employees from Corporate Telecommunications in Leigh, together with a colleague from a supplier company, successfully completed the BUPA Great Manchester Run on May 20th, raising the cash through sponsorship from well wishers.
The fundraising trio from Corporate Telecommunications, were general manager Paul Baxter, who finished in 71 minutes, credit control manager James German, who finished in 50 minutes, and buyer Gavin Lomax, 62 minutes.
Jonathan Beatson, distribution manager at headset manufacturer Jabra, also joined them.
Their collective athletic efforts raised £1,236 for Kidney Research UK., the leading UK charity focused on research into the prevention, treatment and management of kidney disease.
A cheque for the amount was handed over to Carol Bonham, the charity’s North West fundraising manager, at a presentation ceremony at Corporate Telecommunications’ headquarters on Tuesday 12th June.
Said Carol, “it is because of the generosity of companies such as Corporate Telecommunications that we are able to fund our life-saving work. The lives of over three million people in the UK are under-threat from chronic kidney disease, a devastating and debilitating condition that can affect anyone at any time. We are very grateful to Paul, James, Gavin and Jonathan for taking part in the wonderful Great Manchester Run in aid of us, and to the whole company for really getting behind their efforts.”
The GM Run is a gruelling 10 km (6.22 miles) race around the streets of Manchester and Salford. It is one of the world’s fastest growing running events and Britain’s premier race over this distance.
Proud-but-tired Paul Baxter said, “10 km is further than I had ever run before, so it was quite a challenge. In addition, we only decided to enter four weeks before the actual race, so we didn’t have very long to prepare. But it was for an excellent cause, which helped to keep us all motivated. I lost a few pounds in weight as well, which was a bonus.”
Paul, Gavin, James and Jonathan joined 28,000 other competitors in the event, including stars from Coronation Street and Olympic champions Dame Kelly Homes, Amir Khan and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.
The overall race was won by 20-year-old Kenyan Micah Kogo in a record-breaking 27 minutes and 21 seconds, the fastest ever time for the distance in the UK.
For further information please contact Chan Bansal, business development manager at Corporate Telecommunications, on tel: 01942 265 148 or email: Chan.Bansal@corpteluk.com. You can also visit the website at http://www.corpteluk.com.
The caption for the photograph is:
Fundraisers from Corporate Telecommunications present the cheque to Kidney Research UK. (l-r Paul Baxter – general manager, Gavin Lomax – buyer, James German – credit control manager, Carol Bonham – Northwest Community Fundraising Manager, Kidney Research UK ).
About Corporate Telecommunications
Corporate Telecommunications was founded in Leigh, Greater Manchester in 1994. It is a division of Corporate Direct (Europe) Limited and is a specialist distributor of headsets, handsets, audio conferencing, call recording and voice and data installation equipment. It is the third largest and fastest growing Plantronics headset distributor in the UK.
Corporate Telecommunications supplies small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), corporate and trade customers throughout the UK. In particular, it supplies headsets and associated equipment to call centres and contact centres.
About Kidney Research UK
The National Kidney Research Fund officially changed its name to Kidney Research UK on October 11th 2005. For over 40 years, it has been the UK’s leading kidney charity, funding research into the prevention, treatment, and management of kidney diseases. It also dedicates its work to patient care and educational initiatives.
Today in the UK, up to 1 in 10 people are suffering from some degree of Chronic Kidney Disease – most of whom don’t know it. Around 34,000 people are currently being treated for renal failure, a number that is rising by 8% annually. The only treatments currently available for renal failure are dialysis, where a patient is tied to a machine for several hours a day and several days a week, or transplantation, for which there is a huge shortage of organs available.