Friday, 09 September 2016

Two Hertfordshire businesses, St. Albans based SA Law and Specsavers in Watford, have signed up to see who can Push It for the Peace!

On the 24th September the two companies will race to see who can complete the 5 mile muddy obstacle course first.

Terence Ritchie, Joint Head of SA Law's Real Estate department and Peace Hospice Care's new trustee, said: "Initially my experience of Peace Hospice Care was limited to what I knew from my own involvement within the corporate environment. It was only when my father-in-law was diagnosed with terminal cancer that I experienced first-hand the care and support offered by the Hospice culminating in the charity enabling him to fulfil his wish to die at home surrounded by his family. I was only too aware of the cost in financial terms this level of care would attract but crucially this meant my father-in-law was able to remain at home, surrounded by his family. This really brought home to me and my family the need to continue to raise funds at any given opportunity.

"The 25th anniversary is a great achievement for Peace Hospice Care and we wanted to be involved!

"As Specsavers has entered a team I thought it might be fun to introduce an element of competition! There are 15 of us from SA Law participating and, as well as competing with Specsavers, we're taking it one step further by going head-to-head-to-head in three teams: 'Law & Odour', 'The Mudley Crew' and 'Mind over Mudder'."

Not only is Push It for the Peace a great way to encourage teambuilding friendly corporate rivalry; for the teams at SA Law and Specsavers it has also spurred on a battle between husband and wife as Terence's wife, Ruth, is the team captain of the Specsavers team.

Ruth Ritchie, Optometrist at Specsavers Watford, said: "As a local company, we wanted to give something back to the local community and use our presence on the high street as a way of supporting a local charity; Peace Hospice Care was our first choice and a unanimous decision.

"We have a large number of staff and we wanted to do something that could involve as many of us as we could. Push it for the Peace seemed like the perfect opportunity as it combines a challenge, a fun element and something we could do as a team.

"We have a team of 14 women and we all share the same determination to get through the course and do our best. One of our team is one of our audiologists and wears hearing aids herself. She is going the extra mile and is challenging herself to run without her hearing aids (mud and hearing aids don't mix!), testing the teamwork and communication skills of her other colleagues.

"SA Law has previously fundraised for the charity, which Specsavers Watford hopes to follow. As they are also entering a team it only seems right that a little competition between the 2 firms should occur!

"We would encourage corporate firms and individuals to get involved in this fun and novel challenge and raise funds for such a wonderful local charity."

To join this great team building challenge and to see if you can beat SA Law and Specsavers visit our Push It for the Peace page or call 01923 330330 or email events@peacehospicecare.org.uk.