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Title: Horizon takes on charity run

Source: News

Employees of UK access rental company Horizon Platforms will take part in the Equinox 24 hour run to raise funds for dementia sufferers and their families.

Two teams of six runners from the Wakefield and Warrington branches are currently training ahead of the challenge which takes place on 23rd and 24th September. The run is part of the company’s fundraising activities for this year’s partner charity, Dementia UK. Chosen as many members of the team have family and friends who have been affected by the neurological disorder which affects memory, cognitive ability and communications skills.

Dementia UK is one of the country’s leading dementia charities which offers specialist one to one support and expert advice for people living with dementia through their Admiral Nurses, who work hand in hand with families, helping them cope with the day to day challenges of the condition and face the future with more confidence and less fear.

Managing director Ben Hirst is taking part in the run alongside colleagues Matt Fray, Jack Archer, Emily Duggan, Leah Hartley and Ian Moorhouse. A second team of six runners includes Kelly Burgess, Ben Lunt, Jake Shelbourne, Todor Ilinov, James Kynaston and Amy Harrison. Both teams will run a continual relay around a 10 kilometre circuit, with each team member running up to four laps each.

Hirst said: “Many of us have first-hand experience of the compassionate care and support offered by the Admiral Nurses and we wanted to do our bit to help ensure their great work continues for years to come. Seeing a loved one slowly drift away can be agonising, and with the number of dementia sufferers on the increase in the UK, it’s vital that we do what we can to help.”

“The task is not something any of us are taking lightly. We’ve been in training for a few months now - both before and after work - and have gradually increased our pace and distance with each run. We’re now regularly running 10 kilometres before and after work on the same day, which is a huge challenge, but so is living with dementia. Our feet are sore but our spirits remain high, so if you can help by sponsoring our efforts, we’d be really grateful. Your support could make all the difference to sufferers and their families.”

To sponsor the team, please visit their Just Giving page


Title: On the Horizon: Horizon grows from strength to strength

Source: Alumni News

Powered access platform specialist, Horizon Platforms, is investing in new staff and equipment thanks to a government funding boost.

Horizon have won a funding loan through the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), with help from Lloyds Bank under the government-backed Funding for Lending Scheme.

Lloyds worked closely with Horizon Platform’s Managing Director, Ben Hirst to secure a funding package that would support the company’s future expansion needs

The grant will enable Horizon to take on an additional 10 members of staff to their current 79 employees. Horizon will invest in an additional 75 new access platforms, with further growth coming from the re-investment of the business’ own profits.

Ben Hirst, Managing Director for Horizon Platforms, said: “We’re delighted that we’ve managed to secure this vital funding. It shows how – with a little help - it is possible for well-run firms to thrive even in a highly competitive marketplace.

“We have ambitious five-year growth plans and the cash boost will help us to expand at an even faster rate than we’d hoped.”

Lee McAllister, Regional Manager HP & Leasing, said: “We have a wide range of guidance and support we can offer to businesses to enable them to pursue their growth plans, tailored to their individual sector, and through schemes such as FLS we are able to offer competitively-priced funding.”


Title: Lisa takes plunge for charity

Source: M.E.N

A FUNDRAISER scaled new heights to raise money for a brave young tot who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Lisa Blinkhorn, 33, did a skydive from 15,000ft to raise money for three-year-old AmeliaMcNamara, from Wythenshawe. The girl was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis shortly after birth and needs a special vest to improve her quality of life.

Lisa and 40 sky-diving accomplices from Red Star White Collar Boxing are on track to raise a massive £7,000 to pay for a cystic fibrosis vest for Amelia following their efforts. This vest will dramatically reducing the amount of time Amelia needs to spend in physiotherapy and will enable her to breathe more easily.

Lisa, an account manager at Horizon Platforms’ Warrington depot, said: “I was very nervous but the experience was amazing and one I will never forget. “Because I’ve known Amelia and her extended family for many years, I’ve seen the day-to-day challenges they face and understand what a difference this vest could make. It will mean she can spend quality time living life as a child should, playing in the garden or riding her bike with her friends.”