Rotec’s Santa Abseil team raises £1,650 for St Margaret’s Hospice Care

Sponsored by Rotec Hydraulics Ltd, more than 80 Santa’s braved a 60ft abseil down Cheddar Gorge to raise vital funds for St Margaret’s Hospice last weekend.

Supporters of all ages decked themselves in Santa suits and enjoyed the breath-taking views on a chilly winter’s day at the first ever charity abseil down Cheddar Gorge, one of Britain’s most spectacular landmarks.

The event aimed to raise awareness and monies for St Margaret’s Hospice Care. Last year St Margaret’s Hospice Care supported more than 5,000 people. 1 in 3 people in Somerset will use the hospice’s services either as a patient or relative during their lifetime, and with the hospice relying solely on donations, every penny raised is appreciated.

Rotec’s team, consisting of Stroud Branch Manager, Dale Lockart, Quality Manager, Josie Chamberlain, Marketing Manager, Rachel Worth, Design Engineer, Isaac Anderson, Production Stock Control Manager, Glyn Cattle and Sales Office Manager, Alex Pounde all completed the challenge on Saturday 3rd December, and raised an incredible £1,650.

So far, the Santa Abseil event has generated in excess of £23,850. This could provide over 190 specialist Community Nurse visits for the hospice’s local patients being cared for at home and 190 hours of support to one of St Margaret’s patients at home by one of their Adviceline nurses.

Ellie Weston, Marketing and Events Officer at St Margaret’s, said,

“We’re so proud of our amazing supporters who faced their fears on Saturday. It was fantastic to see so many Santa’s abseiling down Cheddar Gorge to raise funds for St Margaret’s Hospice. The money they have raised so far could pay for 200 community nurse visits across Somerset however every month our community nurses make 800 visits to patients receiving care at home, so we hope our abseilers continue to keep raising valuable sponsorship.

 

 

“Thank you to Cave and Climb, our amazing volunteers and the event sponsors Sheppy’s, Refresco, and Rotec Hydraulics for supporting us this year. We can’t wait to see everyone again at our upcoming events.”

Paul Prouse, Managing Director of Rotec Hydraulics Ltd said:

“It is our great pleasure to support the hospice by sponsoring their Santa Abseil. The vital work they do to help patients with life-limiting illnesses, together with their families and carers is remarkable. A special thank you to Dale, Alex, Josie, Rachel, Glyn and Isaac from Rotec for taking on the challenge, and to all their supporters who have donated so generously.”

For those wishing to donate, please visit http://bit.ly/rotecsanta.

 St Margaret’s Hospice Care. Registered charity number: 279473 Company limited by guarantee number: ENG 1471345. All rights reserved. Registered Office: Heron Drive, Taunton, TA1 5HA

Rotec sponsors ‘Shine Bright for Bristol Children’s Hospital’ this Christmas

Rotec Hydraulics Ltd is proud to announce they will once again be supporting Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the official Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, this Christmas.

Following a successful campaign in 2021, the ‘Shine Bright for Bristol Children’s Hospital’ display is back bigger and better this year, with much loved Gromit Unleashed characters and seasonal stars set to adorn the walls of the hospital building in central Bristol. 

Pictured above: Image of last year’s display

Rotec Hydraulics Ltd is proud to announce they will once again be supporting Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the official Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, this Christmas.

Following a successful campaign in 2021, the ‘Shine Bright for Bristol Children’s Hospital’ display is back bigger and better this year, with much loved Gromit Unleashed characters and seasonal stars set to adorn the walls of the hospital building in central Bristol.

The dazzling design will feature some of Aardman’s most iconic characters – from Gromit to Shaun the Sheep and Feathers McGraw, as well as small, medium and large illuminated stars.

Launching on Thursday 1st December, the lights will be switched on at dusk every day for all to see throughout December, providing a spectacular festive light display for patients and their families as well as hospital staff, visitors, and everyone passing the iconic children’s hospital building in Bristol.

Managing Director of Rotec Hydraulics, Paul Prouse comments,

“It is always a pleasure to support the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, The Grand Appeal.  The hospital team go over and above to support and care for children and their families every year and show remarkable dedication, providing life-saving treatment and support to children and families across the South West and even nationally.

 

“Now in our 9th year of supporting The Grand Appeal, we are pleased to once again help illuminate the Hospital with a special Christmas light display, which will hopefully bring a smile to the children and their families.”

The money raised from the campaign will support The Grand Appeal’s three family accommodation houses, music, arts and play therapy at Christmas and beyond, as well as a range of pioneering equipment to help save the lives of the young patients at the hospital.

Helen Haskell, Head of Fundraising (Corporate) at The Grand Appeal said,

“Christmas is a magical time of year – a time for giving and sharing special moments with those you love. No one expects to spend Christmas in a hospital, but sadly this will be the reality for many babies and children this year. As the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, our ‘Shine Bright for Bristol Children’s Hospital’ campaign brings some festive Christmas cheer to patients and their families, at a time when they need it most.” 

Bristol Children’s Hospital cares for over 100,000 babies, children and young adults from across the South West annually and supports patients with rare genetic disorders, neurological conditions, congenital heart disease, traumatic injuries, cancer and kidney disease. Everyone can get involved with the campaign by spreading cheer in their community and decorating their house, window or garden. For more information about the ‘Shine Bright for Bristol Children’s Hospital’ campaign, including how to get involved visit The Grand Appeal’s website or you can donate here.

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Rotec team signs up to Santa Abseil challenge in support of St Margaret’s Hospice Care

It may be too early to mention the festive season, but St Margaret’s Hospice Care is gearing up for Christmas already with the launch of its new fundraising event – Santa Abseil.

Sponsored by Rotec Hydraulics Ltd, volunteer fundraisers will abseil a 60ft drop at Cheddar Gorge, one of Britain’s most spectacular natural landmarks, all while dressed as Santa!

Never one to walk away from a challenge, six Rotec employees will be taking on the challenge on Saturday 3rd December at 12.30pm.

The team, consisting of Stroud Branch Manager, Dale Lockart, Quality Manager, Josie Chamberlain, Marketing Manager, Rachel Worth, Design Engineer, Isaac Anderson, Production Stock Control Manager, Glyn Cattle and Sales Office Manager, Alex Pounde have all volunteered and, as part of the challenge, have pledged to raise a minimum of £125 each to support the charity’s vital work.

Last year St Margaret’s Hospice Care supported more than 5,000 people. This care is provided because of fundraising events like the Santa Abseil, with supporters raising thousands of pounds to help provide care across Somerset.

£125 sponsorship could pay for a specialist Community Nurse visit for one of the hospice’s local patients being cared for at home and an hour’s support to one of St Margaret’s patients at home by one of their Adviceline nurses.

Paul Prouse, Managing Director of Rotec Hydraulics Ltd said:

“It is our great pleasure to support the hospice by sponsoring their Santa Abseil. The vital work they do to help patients with life-limiting illnesses, together with their families and carers is remarkable.”

Rachel Worth, Marketing Manager commented:

“All members of the Rotec Santa Abseil team are excited and pleased, albeit a little nervous, to take part in the Santa Abseil challenge.

 

“We wish to say thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Every penny will help this great cause to continue to deliver essential support to those living with a life-limiting illness and their loved ones.”

The hospice is hoping participants will raise enough to pay for a weeks’ worth of community visits across Somerset. Around a hundred visits each week are made by one of the five community teams and are a vital part of the care and support offered to patients and their families.

For those wishing to donate, please visit http://bit.ly/rotecsanta.

 St Margaret’s Hospice Care. Registered charity number: 279473 Company limited by guarantee number: ENG 1471345. All rights reserved. Registered Office: Heron Drive, Taunton, TA1 5HA

Rotec helps Bristol Dragons Powerchair Football Club

Rotec recently had the pleasure of supporting Bristol Powerchair Football team, the Bristol Dragons at the Bristol Ignite Festival 2022.

Powerchair Football is the fastest growing disability team sport, which enables severely disabled people to play football using electric powerchairs.

Ignite Bristol is a movement to get more Disabled people active in Bristol. The festival provides the perfect place to showcase inclusive activities, such as powerchair football, and allow attendees to benefit from participating and creating a new network of friends, clubs and organisations. 

The event is particularly important as Disabled people are half as likely to be active as non-disabled people. 

Rotec helped Bristol Dragons PFC attend the Bristol Ignite Festival by transporting their electric powerchairs to site. Once they arrived at the event, the players had a chance to show off powerchair football to everyone who then could have a go and try it. All the Bristol Dragons PFC players and coaches had a great day and overcame the hot weather to play and demonstrate what a great sport powerchair football can be.

Bristol Powerchair Football Club (PFC) was formed back in 2016, with help of the Bristol Rovers Community Trust, the GFA and Goals Beyond Grass. To find out more, visit Bristol PFC – Goals Beyond Grass.

Pictured below, player representatives from the Bristol Dragons PFC.

Rotec and Somerset County Cricket Club release the 2022 season’s 50-over shirt

Cricket fans will be delighted to hear the news that the new Rotec Royal London Cup shirt for the 2022 season has been released.

The hotly contested 50-over competition, which kicks off in the Summer, will see the Somerset County Cricket Club’s talented players walk out in a new kit that evokes memories of the club’s golden era and once again features Rotec’s logo front and centre as proud Principal sponsors.

Members and ticket holders alike have an exciting season ahead to look forward to. Each home game will be centred around a theme, including a ladies day, family day and an always popular local beer and cider festival. For full details of the 2022 Royal London Cup fixtures, click here.

Rotec Hydraulics Ltd have been proud sponsors of the tournament for nearly 10 years, with partnership highlights including the spectacular Somerset win at Lord’s in 2019.

Paul Prouse, Managing Director comments;

“The enduring and strong partnership we here at Rotec share with Somerset County Cricket Club is fantastic. Rotec wishes the players and all at the Club a successful and enjoyable Royal London Cup 2022 season, where we will be watching and supporting with enthusiasm.”

Royal London Cup game tickets are now on sale and are available from the Somerset CCC website. 

Rotec Pledges to Become Net Zero

Businesses taking action to reduce their carbon footprint is critically important in achieving the UK’s goals to tackle climate change by 2050, from cutting emissions in their supply chains to opting for sustainable business practices.

We are proud to announce Rotec has committed to becoming a net zero business by pledging to half its carbon emissions by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2040.

A recent ‘Carbon Footprint Assessment’ identified the main sources of our carbon emissions and has ensured necessary management frameworks, processes and systems for decreasing the company’s carbon footprint are data-driven and have measurable targets. We have also recently received our FNZ Standard – a benchmark and progress recording and monitoring tool, which is verified and audited by future Net Zero.

To achieve net zero by 2040, Rotec will first focus on reducing emissions caused in-house and by their supply chain to the lowest possible level. Any emissions that cannot be eliminated will need to be offset through schemes that remove carbon from the atmosphere.

All of our service centres, based throughout the South West of the UK, have already taken a number of steps towards our net zero goal, and will continue to take future action in the coming years; continuously looking for new ways to become more sustainably responsible and ultimately carbon neutral.

Paul Prouse, Rotec’s Managing Director, commented,

“We are pleased to announce our environmental commitment to achieve net zero by 2040. Reducing Rotec’s carbon footprint is embedded within our business strategy.

 

“As part of being an environmentally responsible company, we are committed to supporting our customers to become more sustainable by designing and offering more energy-efficient and eco-friendly engineering solutions.”

To find out more about Rotec’s environmental sustainability aims and actions, click here.