Technicians take on a charity challenge

A team of technicians cruised through a challenging 10K assault course to raise money for two causes that are particularly close to their hearts.

The car technicians from Sinclair Volkswagen raised over £1,112 for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital and The Sinclair Foundation.

The team of eight including Matt Cockrell, Chris Plews, Paul Cleghorn and Steve Calnan,  Jamie Rees,  Darren Mainwaring, Matthew Rake and Lloyd Perry, all from Cardiff, took part in the recent ‘Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest’ event to raise cash for Noah’s Ark and in memory of their work colleague who passed away in September.

Speaking after the challenge the oldest member of the team Steve Calnan, 49, said: “The course was a lot tougher this year with more obstacles to tackle but what kept us all going was making sure that we completed the race for our work mate.

“Our fleet sales administrator, suffered from a brain tumor and died suddenly at the age of 48.  It was a huge shock for everyone at Sinclair Cardiff and we are still trying to come to terms with it.”

The team also chose to support the Noah’s Ark Hospital for the second year running after Matthew Cockrell’s daughter was diagnosed with pancreatitis, a condition that necessitates regular visits to the hospital.

The untimely death of their colleague spurred the team on to celebrate her life by raising money for The Sinclair Foundation, a scheme set up to provide support for Sinclair employees and their families should they suffer a critical illness or bereavement.

With over 3,000 competitors taking part  in the challenge the Sinclair team was proud to finish among the top 300, in fact Matthew Cockrell managed to finish 57th.

Richard Seward, brand manager at Sinclair Volkswagen Cardiff, added: “We were all behind the team and feel very proud of what they achieved.  The Noah’s Ark Hospital and The Sinclair Foundation have never been more important to us and we will continue to raise funds for them both.”

If you would like to support the ‘Sinclair Workshop Warriors’ please call 02920 601 165.