Shroud Half Marathon Superstars
Two EESI employees completed the Stroud Half Marathon in October to raise money for our charity of the year Longfield.
Darren Jewell, a fire alarm engineer who has worked at EESI for 10 years, and Bailey Hannis, a final-year electrical apprentice, both completed the half marathon in impressive times.
Bailey finished in just under 1 hour 45minutes, and Darren, who has been a member of Stroud Athletics for nearly 10 years completed it in 1 hour 26 minutes.
Between them they raised over £700, which has been match-funded by EESI and goes towards the funds we are collecting for Longfield to celebrate our 25th year in business.
Longfield provides community-based hospice care for people with life limiting illnesses in Gloucestershire 365 days a year.
Darren has raised money for Longfield previously as it’s a charity close to his heart. He was diagnosed with cancer in his 20s and used many of the after-care services offered by Longfield (previously Cotswold Care Hospice) after his treatment.
Darren made a good recovery and has gone on to prove that cancer is no barrier to future health – after turning 40 Darren set himself the challenge of running a marathon a month for a year, and in fact completed 16 in total.
At EESI we announced Longfield as our charity of the year in August 2019 – the 25th anniversary of the business – and we will be raising money in a number of ways for the charity until the end of July 2020, including some staff doing abseils and skydives.