Reality HR, a Basingstoke-based HR consultancy, recently participated in the 5k Race for Life, with the team’s efforts raising over £4,000 for Cancer Research UK, Race for Life’s selected charity.
Every year thousands of women take part in the annual Race for Life in a bid to build awareness for cancer and raise funds for Cancer Research UK – the country’s largest independent charity dedicated to fighting cancer.
The 2016 Basingstoke edition took place 19th of June, and created a sea of pink (the majority of participants wear pink outfits) across the Rugby club’s playing fields, with women running either 5k or 10k courses. Participants walked, jogged or ran around Down Grange Sports Complex, in Pack Lane, with emotions high – some were running in memory of a friend or relative, displaying the name of lost loved ones on their race number, while others took part in support of someone still fighting against cancer.
Among the contestants was a team from Reality HR, a consulting firm based in Basingstoke specialised in HR consultancy and outsourcing. In preparation for the charity run, the firm brought in the help of a personal trainer, who came into the office (based in The Manor House, located at Lutyens Close) once a week and made sure that the firm’s consultants and staff were optimally prepared.
On the day, all Reality HR participants managed to come through unscathed. “Thanks to Gavin Frecklington (the personal trainer) we got in shape and had a better chance of making it across the finish line!”, says Laura Davis, Managing Director at Reality HR. The team’s best runner managed to complete the 5k course in around 20 minutes.
On the back of support from family, friends and clients – the consultancy works for more than 80 companies across the south – Reality HR managed to raise over £4,000 for Race for Life’s charity community. “We were overwhelmed by the amount of support that our group received. We want to say a big thank you to our clients who supported us, and to everyone else who joined us in the fight against cancer”, reflects Davis.