Sunday 8th December 2013 saw a number of Vaseco employees head to Oulton Park race track in Cheshire to take part in a charity Santa Dash in aid of St Luke’s Hospice.

St Luke’s is an adult hospice based near to our office in Winsford that cares for people from Mid and South Cheshire suffering from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. It is a non-profit making organisation funded by voluntary contributions and local Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Santa Dash

With the sun shining over Oulton Park, there was a great turn out for the event with a combination of walkers, cyclists, scooters and even rollerbooters in attendance. Vaseco was the largest corporate group that participated in the Santa Dash with 19 people taking part to help raise lots of money for St Luke’s.

Members of the team also took part in the many other events taking place on the day including a ‘Santa vs Mince Pie’ eating competition, a hospital bed race and a ‘Pie and Spoon’ race for the younger members of the group. Everyone had a great day and look forward to taking part again next year.

Santa Dash

At the start of November Richard undertook the Movember challenge to grow a ”Mo” and help raise some money for this great charity.


During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world. With their “Mo’s” men raise vital funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health and Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.


This is a charity close to Richard’s heart, with motivation coming from the loss of a close friend last year and another friend who is now in remission. In the final week he opted for a colour change to boost sponsorship and treated us to this purple Mo…

This great effort from Richard has raised £180 to date and we’re looking forward to seeing which elaborate style of Mo he comes up with next year!

Tough Mudder

Mud was the least of Mike Frank’s worries when he recently tackled the Tough Mudder course at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire. Tough Mudder events are hardcore 12 mile obstacle courses designed by Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, determination, and camaraderie. Only 78% of entrants successfully complete the course.

A very different challenge to a day in the office, Mike (Vaseco’s General Manager) faced an onslaught of challenges such as crawling through underground mud tunnels, swimming through ice baths, sprinting through a field of live electric wires (of up to 10,000 volts!) and scaling 12-foot walls covered in mud and grease.

Tough Mudder is a proud supporter of Help for Heroes and the funds raised at each event go towards providing combat stress recovery programmes, adaptive sports programmes, benefits counseling and employment services that aid in these soldiers’ transition to civilian life.

Mike completed the gruelling course in a brilliant 2 hours 45 minutes.

A big well done to Mike from everyone at Vaseco and we’re looking forward to seeing how he can top that challenge in 2014…

Tough Mudder

Bike Ride

Dave Powley (Technical Manager) and his 10 year old son Joe recently completed a grueling 30 mile sponsored cycle ride with 2,500 other riders to help raise much needed funds for Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Located in Bebington on the Wirral, Claire House is a bright, vibrant place of hope which is currently used by over 160 families from across the North West. In addition to caring for children and young adults, Claire House also focus on the needs of the whole family, providing bereavement and family support for as long as it is needed. With no guaranteed government funding they need to raise in excess of £2.5 million each year to maintain the present levels of service.

The specialist nursing team also work in the community through the ‘Hospice to Home’ programme which offers paediatric palliative care in the family home. With a hospice to home service also operating from the Liverpool office they are now reaching more families than in previous years and hope to see this grow in other areas too.

Race for Life

Stephanie Taylor, an Administrator at Vaseco, ran the 5K Race for Life in Delamere Forest on 15th May 2011, raising a total of £165 for Cancer Research UK.

Stephanie has been taking part in Race for Life for a number of years now and is fully committed to raising funds for the charity whilst enjoying the race.

The Race for Life Story

Race for Life is the largest women-only fundraising event in the UK. Since 1994, women of all ages and fitness levels across the UK have come together at these inspiring events to walk, jog or run to help beat cancer.

Some of the Race for Life women take part in celebration of surviving a cancer experience. Others take part in memory of a loved one or to give hope to a cancer-free future. But all of share a common goal: to raise money for Cancer Research UK’s ground breaking work and to help save more lives.

Since Race for Life began an incredible 5.4 million participants across the UK raised over £362 million to fund the work of over 4,000 researchers, doctors and nurses dedicated to helping more people beat cancer.

A sponsored skydive is a daring and impressive means of raising money for a charity.

Richard Dutton, his brother Mathew Dutton and Rachael Frank raised over £1,000 for Sandy Lane Equestrian Riding for the Disabled Group (RDA).

Sandy Lane Equestrian RDA Group is a registered charity and member of the Riding for the Disabled Association, which is a national charity. This charity is supported by Vaseco on a regular basis as Company Secretary Janice Frank is a member of the Sandy Lane fund-raising committee and she also volunteers on a weekly basis helping out with riding lessons.

Their mission is to give disabled children and young people the opportunity to ride and enjoy activities connected with horse riding in a friendly, fun and safe environment.

Horse and pony riding provides an alternative form of physiotherapy for the disabled which is both therapeutic and recreational.

It can be a unique and enjoyable complement to conventional floor and wheelchair based activities with the complex movement of the horse helping riders with:

  • Co-ordination and balance
  • Muscular development and fitness
  • Personal confidence and self-esteem

You have to admire these guys for jumping out of a plane to raise money for the RDA! It’s certainly something they can be proud of and will remember for the rest of their lives. Following the jump they all said they would do it all over again!