Fuelling Fundraising for Help for Heroes
Oil NRG, through our depots in Stockton, Birtley and York, have been lending our fundraising support to the ‘Help for Heroes’ Phoenix House Recovery Centre in North Yorkshire.
In April 2016 the Blood, Sweat and Gears team of wounded, sick and injured veterans, and support riders including Oil NRG’s Freddie Peart, and rugby legend Will Greenwood, completed a gruelling 6-day cycle ride across South Africa, to raise vital funds for the Help For Heroes Recovery Centre at Catterick Garrison.
The collaboration were hoping to raise £250,000 to help fund health and psychological wellbeing activities and programmes at Phoenix House. The ride included 7 mountain passes and over 18,000ft of climbs between Fanschhoek and Knysna. It tested all the riders both mentally and physically and was particularly gruelling for wounded veterans riding adapted bicycles.
Oil NRG’s Jeremy Royle, head of Sales and Marketing, said that “Oil NRG chose to support ‘Help for Heroes’ because they provide direct practical support for wounded, injured and sick veterans, servicemen and women and their loved ones, many of whom are Oil NRG customers who have direct links to our courageous British Armed Forces.”
As well as the ‘main event’, Oil NRG raised money through various fundraising activities in the lead-up to the ride. This included Oil NRG’s very own veterans, Natasha Ince and driver Dennis Swinhoe, delivering fuel across the North East, whilst shaking the fundraising bucket in the first tanker of the Oil NRG fleet to have the ‘Help for Heroes’ fundraising vinyls applied. As well as wearing Oil NRG’s Blood Sweat & Gears T-shirts, Natasha wore her service combat trousers, whilst Dennis sported his’ Help for Heroes’ kilt.
It is with great delight and pride to announce that the total raised by the combined Blood, Sweat and Gears team and their generous supporters, including Oil NRG customers and staff, was in excess of an astounding £314,000.
The success was marked with a presentation of a cheque for £314,112.24 in front of the BSG riders, BSG team supporters and sponsors at the ‘Help for Heroes’ Phoenix House Recovery Centre in North Yorkshire.