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Pall-Ex Group marchers raise more than £10K for Combat Stress
The team of Pall-Ex Group staff and members completed the veterans’ mental health charity’s annual ‘March in March’ challenge, which tasks participants to march, run or walk a minimum of 10 miles during March …
Combat Stress is logistics company Pall-Ex’s charity partner and the money raised by the Group will support the charity in its life-saving work, supporting veterans with complex mental health problems including anxiety, depression and PTSD.
Together, the 19 team members raised more than £5,000 during the month and the Group then matched this figure, taking the total to beyond £10,000. The £5,000 contribution was made from the Pall-Ex Group Penny-a-Pallet fund, which is generated from a penny being donated for every pallet it moves throughout the year.
The exceptional growth Pall-Ex Group has seen over the past 12 months, during the lockdown periods, has allowed the business to make even larger contributions to its chosen charity partners. In addition, one member of the team, Nigel Mackenzie from Pall-Ex shareholder member Nissin (UK) Ltd, raised an incredible £2,015 himself, claiming third place in the fundraising leader board.
This is the second time Pall-Ex Group has taken part in March in March, having raised a few hundred pounds for Combat Stress in 2020. This year, both of the Group’s pallet networks, Pall-Ex and Fortec, celebrate their 25th anniversaries, with supporting charities at the heart of this year’s objectives.
Pall-Ex Group CEO Kevin Buchanan reflects on the team’s achievement and why the Group is proud to support Combat Stress: ‘I am really pleased that the Pall-Ex Group team has been able to support Combat Stress again this year in its March in March challenge. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we want to be able to do something special for our chosen charitable partners, so we felt matching the incredible total raised by the team was a great way to do this.’
The initial fundraising target set by Combat Stress for its March in March challenge was £40,000, which would have enabled the charity to deliver one-to-one psychiatric sessions to 200 veterans to help them on their way to recovery. However, with more than 800 fundraisers from around the UK taking part in the challenge, this target was quickly surpassed. As of 31 March, the challenge had raised a fantastic £122,995, which will allow specialist help to be provided to 600-plus veterans.
Maggie Bennion, senior corporate fundraising officer at Combat Stress, describes how important the contribution from companies like Pall-Ex Group is to the work carried out by the charity: ‘Everyone at Combat Stress is extremely grateful for the hard work the team from Pall-Ex Group has put in during March and for the contribution that the Group has made on top of this. The last year has been challenging for so many charities due to the pandemic, so to see such fantastic engagement with March in March and to raise more than £120,000 is incredible. It will help us to continue delivering life-changing treatment and support to veterans across the UK. Thank you to Pall-Ex Group and everyone who took part in March in March – without your support, we simply couldn’t do what we do!’
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Although March in March has ended for this year, there are still plenty of opportunities to support Combat Stress. Click here to view a full list of current fundraising challenges.
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