• Charlotte Woods

Did your ‘Mini Velux Alan’ make it round the course?

On Saturday 15th September, I arranged the first ever 'Alan's Challenge' for AJW Distribution. This was our first ever networking charity event at ‘The Playground’ in Bury St Edmund's, and I am proud to say it was a huge success!

With the support of our key suppliers, we put on a fantastic event and raised money for our chosen charities of the year; Headway Suffolk & Headway Cambridge. Headway supports people who are recovering from serious head and brain injuries and two of AJW’s staff members have personal first-hand experience of the amazing work that the charities do to help sufferers, and their families, rebuild their lives.

Alan’s Challenge involved teams of between 2-4 people battling to complete 25 individual obstacles spread over the Playground’s 1,000m course. To make the challenge a little harder and to add a sense of fun, each team had a ‘plus one’ in the form of Mini Alan; a cardboard cut-out of AJW’s company mascot (based on the founder and Managing Director, Alan Woods) holding a Velux window.

Teams had to take their Mini Alan over every obstacle and safely get him back to the finish line in the best condition possible. Many of them lost their feet whilst others took a dip in the green swamps along the way, but they all made it round with their team.

The Playground UK assault course is hard going, except for the super-fit, so we were so proud to say that everyone who took on the course made it round with a huge number of people going on to take on the course with an individual timed lap.

As well as the obstacle course, AJW suppliers also added to the fun with their own individual games. This included ‘Tug a waka’ from Klober, the Buzz Game from Sandtoft and many others which meant there was plenty to entertain the spectators who didn’t take on the assault course challenge.

Other games included ‘Hanging Tough’, ‘Tyre Flipping’ and the ‘Chin up Challenge’. As you can imagine these games bought out the competitive side in everyone, even the children had a go at the giant tyre flipping.

A number of prizes were given out on the day, which included: The fastest team – “Hi Roofing” from Cambridge, who made it round in an extremely fast time 9mins & 50 secs.

The safest team – went to Headway Suffolk who carried Alan round in the best condition

The booby prize went to AJW’s own Chatteris depot team ‘Dock Road Dabbers’ who managed to completely soak their Mini Alan.

The event was also attended by the chosen charities, with Headway Suffolk team also brave enough to face the obstacle course. David Crane, their communications and marketing officer took part and commented. "We were thrilled to be part of AJW Distribution's assault course charity event. All nine participants from Headway Suffolk thoroughly enjoyed themselves and found out about muscles they never knew they had! We also claimed the best-kept 'Alan'! It was a great team-bonding exercise.” "It was a fantastic day - so well organised and professional. AJW, their suppliers and sponsors did themselves proud. It was a pleasure to be part of it, let alone being a beneficiary charity. All monies raised will go to help fund our continued work of supporting local people with acquired brain injuries and neurological conditions."

As AJW's Marketing Director I commented: “The assault course is a really tough challenge, but nowhere near as tough as the challenge's that people recovering from a serious head and brain injury face on a daily basis.

So far we have raised over £1,000 from the raffle which we promoted before and during the event. The teams that completed raised money for completing the course and they still have until the 15th October to collect in all of their sponsorship money.

We are confident that we will raise at least another £2,000 from those who have been sponsored, which is a fantastic amount for such an important cause.

To view further images from the even visit the AJW website: https://ajwdistribution.com/alans-challenge-was-the-event-for-2018-not-to-be-missed/

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