Hastings Direct Staff Run Pier to Pier for St Marys School

12th November 2010

Staff from Bexhill based insurers Hastings Direct will be braving the elements and running from pier to pier in aid of St Marys school on Saturday November 20th. The team will be starting at 10am from Hastings pier and hoping to reach Eastbourne pier by 3pm later that day.

The runners are Erik Chapman from customer accounts and Stacey Soffe from business improvement department and they will be supported by the company mascot Harry Hastings who with other first aid and support staff will be collecting funds along the route.

The 16.7 mile run is in aid of the Making Christmas Special Appeal for the children of St Marys.

St Marys School offers the highest possible standards as a non-maintained residential school for boys and girls who needed special care, therapies and education. Children come from across the UK to St Marys which cares for and educates up to a maximum of 160 students aged between 7-19, all with speech, language and social communication difficulties and some with physical difficulties or complex medical needs.

The school was nominated by the staff of Hastings Direct as its charity of the year for 2010.

Jay Wootten, head of the charity committee, Hastings Direct: "Each of our departments has been tasked with raising hundreds of pounds for the children to make Christmas special. Staff have undertaken a number of challenges including the Scary Marys (some of my male colleagues have cross dressed at work and undertaken sponsored waxing of their legs), whilst another department has become the Hairy Marys organising a sponsored moustache growing competition! You don't have to be fun to work here, but it helps."

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