Shock therapy helps train engineers raise over £1,500

Tuesday 25th March 2014
Over £1,500 has been raised by First Great Western’s Landore engineering team for the charity Help for Heroes.

Staff from Landore depot undertook a number of challenges to raise funds including the renowned Tough Mudder event, a 12 mile-long obstacle course including hanging electrical objects; as well as selling anniversary depot badges.

Seven members of the team took part in the Tough Mudder challenge, something they described as “the hardest thing they’ve ever done”. Although it’s widely known that Tough Mudder isn’t for the faint hearted some of the obstacles even had this team quaking in their steel toe capped boots.

FGW Multi-Skilled Technician, Steve Lewis recalls:

“It was really tough. Despite all our training we struggled to stay together, but thankfully we all finished even with one of the team falling to the ground after he received an electric shock.” 
In contrast Depot Manager Mike Hayes decided to raise money for the charity in a much more relaxed way. He had a pin badge designed to celebrate last November’s 50th anniversary of the depot.

Mike said:

“As the depot approached this landmark I wanted to do something to raise its profile, so we created a badge which went down really well. In fact we completely sold out.” 
CEO and Co-Founder of Help for Heroes, Bryn Parry OBE, said:

“Help for Heroes is all about ‘doing your bit’ and First Great Western’s support and fundraising efforts, through all these events, is deeply appreciated. In particular, we know completing a Tough Mudder is no mean feat!

“The money you have raised is greatly needed; soldiers, sailors and airmen who are injured today will still need our support in the future. They are still battling and we won't let them battle alone. On behalf of everyone at Help for Heroes and all those who the money will benefit, I would like to say thank you!”

Following the cheque presentation Mike Hayes commented:

“This has very much been a team effort and it’s absolutely brilliant to see how involved the entire depot has been”.