A group of employees from audit, tax and consulting firm RSM have taken part in a charity challenge to provide brand new bikes for Hertfordshire-based charity Teens Unite.
Around 80 employees from RSM’s HR and Development team, who held their annual away day at Hanbury Manor in Ware, built 12 new bikes which were presented to Teens Unite Fighting Cancer, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of young people with cancer and other life limiting illnesses. The bikes will be used by the teens supported by the charity who are either undergoing treatment or in remission.
The bike building task was part of the Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge, a one-off initiative to encourage people of all ages to take on a new challenge and to push their boundaries. In order to complete the challenge, every team member had to complete an adventure, learn a new skill and achieve a personal challenge – in this case, assembling a complete bike from assorted parts. On hand were specialists from Charity Bike Build by O3e to advise the team on their task.
Debbie Pezzani, who co-founded Teens Unite Fighting Cancer with Karen Millen OBE in 2007, said:
‘I know that these bikes will definitely be appreciated by the young people who we support, many of whom are going through a very tough time due to ill health. I’d like to congratulate everyone at RSM who successfully completed this challenge, and to express my sincere thanks for this generous donation.’
Lesley Turner, RSM Regional HR Manager said:
‘Around 800 of our employees across the UK have signed up to support the Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge. Taking part in a team activity such as this and learning a new skill has been incredibly rewarding. Knowing that all the bikes that we have built are going to such a good cause makes the whole experience all the more gratifying.’
All participants were presented with a special Diamond Pin at an evening reception to recognise their successful completion of the Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge.