A group of 25 staff at independent healthcare specialists IPRS Group will tackle the London Marathon Walk later this month in support of brain injury charity Headway in Suffolk and nationally.
Staff at the UK-wide company, which is based in Little Blakenham, near Ipswich, have been taking part in a number of fundraising challenges and events this year to raise funds and awareness for Headway Suffolk’s services, as well as nationally for Headway UK.
On September 28, a team of 25 people from various parts of IPRS will come together to walk 26.2 miles of London’s streets – including past marathon runners, some keen walkers and some who have never dreamed of the distance – in their quest to raise a minimum of £3,000. Their sponsorship page can be found at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/teamIPRSmarathonwalk.
IPRS provides a diverse range of clinical products and services through its four subsidiaries, including IPRS Health, the health and wellbeing division of the group, which won the Customer Care Award at the East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards earlier in the summer.
Ben Beckwith, Wellbeing and Workplace Services Lead and Physiotherapist at IPRS Group, said: “The walking team at IPRS are now ready for 26.2 miles of the London streets in a bid to raise as much for Headway as we can.
“The team have been in training, which has given us the benefit of improving our health and fitness while highlighting the reasons we are doing it; for personal achievement, teamwork and above all, to help all at Headway and Headway Suffolk.
“We are excited for the main event and for having the finishers’ medals around our neck!”
He added: “We are a company with headquarters in Suffolk and with a workforce spread over the UK. As such, Headway was a perfect charity as we can support locally and nationally. We also have family members and friends who have directly been supported by Headway and they wanted to help give something back.”
David Crane, Communications and Marketing Officer at Headway Suffolk, said: “We are extremely grateful for IPRS Group’s commitment to support Headway’s services at a local level in Suffolk, as well as nationally.
“Relationships with local companies, such as IPRS, help us to raise awareness of the vital work of Headway Suffolk and the wide-ranging services available to people with brain injuries and neurological conditions and their families, such as our hubs, community support and clinical therapies.
“We are very excited to see their team working together to take on the challenge of walking the London Marathon route and achieve personal goals and fulfilment, while supporting a very worthwhile cause at the same time.”
Headway Suffolk has been granted planning permission to build the Stephen Hawking Neuro Centre in the Ravenswood area of Ipswich, an innovative new residential and rehabilitation centre, which is due to open in 2020.
Almost nine people every day suffer a brain injury in Suffolk, typically from a traumatic event, such as a car accident, as well as a stroke or a haemorrhage. This highlights the importance of Headway Suffolk’s work as a charity locally and the crucial services that literally are a lifeline for survivors.
To support IPRS’ fundraising challenge, visit the group’s Virgin Money Giving page.