EIS employees in West Midlands aim to cover 2020 kilometres to raise funds for Claire House Children’s Hospice

By Lucy Lomax | 14/09/2018

EIS Employees at sites in the West Midlands have kicked-off an ambitious fundraising initiative, Travel to Tokyo: 2020 for 2020, to raise money for the EIS’s 2018 Charity of the Year, Claire House Children’s Hospice.

18 members of staff from Lilleshall and Birmingham are taking part in the challenge to collectively cover 2020 kilometres before the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A fundraising page has been set-up for donations which can be found here.

The challenge will take place in two one-month phases when the EIS employees plan to cover the distance.

Phase one is taking place throughout September 2018 and has seen the team deploy a range of methods to reach the target including a lunchtime walking club, holding walking meetings outside and individual members of staff running and walking.

A chart has been set-up in the office at Lilleshall to record people’s activity and track the team’s progress.

Travel to Tokyo is the brainchild of Lilleshall’s Operations Manager, Joanna Benham, who was keen to develop an initiative to raise funds for Claire House and find a way of using the EIS’s Charity of the Year initiative to bring the team together in the West Midlands.

“Claire House is a fantastic charity which does amazing work with seriously unwell children so I was very keen to do something to show our support and raise some money,” explained Jo.

“A group of us got together to discuss it and came up with idea of getting sponsored to walk 2020 kilometres as we felt it would be a good way of raising money but could also support the team from a workplace wellbeing point of view by encouraging people to be more active during the working day.

“Phase one started last week and it has already had a very positive effect.  It has helped to bring the team together more and colleagues have said there has been a really good buzz about the workplace.

“Because we have a target to reach, it has also encouraged people to be more active and colleagues have been doing more walking and running in their own time.”

The EIS employees that have signed-up for the challenge of Travel to Tokyo: 2020 for 2020 are: Holly Stock, Jason Laird, Ruddy Farquharson, Jonny Bucke, Patsy Morrisey, Sam Lampitt, Jo Benham, Lynsey Marsh, David Hart, Faye Hodson, Helen Galashan, Denise Plimmer, Natalie Watson, Louise Fawcett, Mike Stoker, Tia Davidson, Chris Tomlinson and Phil Sharma-Woodland.

Phase one will run at Lilleshall and Birmingham until the end of September, with a second phase of activity planned for the first half of 2019.

Travel to Tokyo is one of several initiatives undertaken by employees to the support the EIS’s Charity of the Year initiative that has been introduced for the first time in 2018.

In April 2018 husband and wife, Tom and Terri Paulson raised £240 (including a very generous donation from Rachel Mellors) by running the Chester Half Marathon.  Tom and Terri ran together and, despite Tom having less than eight weeks of training to prepare, the pair finished in a very respectable 1:50.

In July 2018 Kevin Currell, Michelle Pearson, Julia Wells, Esme Matthew, Tom Paulson, Jo Butt and Pete Brown from the Heads of Service spent a day volunteering at the new Claire House site in Liverpool.  The team were given a tour of the facility before being put to work weeding the garden, watering flowers and plants and helping-out with general maintenance and upkeep of the grounds.

In the EIS’s London office, Biomechanics Project Lead, Catherine Shin is selling a range of personally designed and handmade greeting cards to raise money for Claire House.  The cards are currently on sale in the kitchen area of the EIS’s office in Bloomsbury Street.

There are also plans for a company-wide fundraising opportunity to take place at the EIS’s National Conference in December 2018.

Any EIS employees that would like to develop their own fundraising ideas or support the Charity of the Year initiative should contact or Jessica Campbell at Claire House on , telephone 0151 343 0883.