The HomeServe ITV Text Santa team

HomeServe goes the extra mile for ITV Text Santa

Posted 9 December 2014 3:00 PM by John Greaves

More than 175 HomeServe employees have gone the extra mile in a bid to help ITV raise more than one hundred thousand pounds in a London to Lapland static cycle challenge.

A 20-strong team of HomeServe employees, led by its own women's rugby World Cup-winning plumber Marie Packer, joined Philip Schofield live on 'This Morning' as part of his 24-hour broadcasting marathon at London Television Centre for Text Santa. Text Santa is an annual Christmas appeal raising money for six UK charities, including HomeServe's chosen charity Marie Curie this year.

The HomeServe team was joined by 31 other corporate, emergency services and armed forces teams, attempting to cycle a distance the equivalent of London to Lapland – some 1,300 miles – in just 24 hours. The HomeServe team crossed the finishing line first and won the trophy for the 'Most Miles Cycled' with an official distance of 379 miles. The challenge has now raised over £100,000.

To support the Lapland team, more than 150 HomeServe employees also took part in their own fundraising drive; with individual spin bike challenges held at its Walsall Head Office, plus its regional sites in Banbury and Preston. Together, the three sites have collectively raised more than £8,000 for the appeal.

Sarah Palmer, HomeServe's National Charity Manager said: "The teams at HomeServe really did go the extra mile for Text Santa and we'd like to thank everyone who made a contribution to this year’s appeal. We're delighted to have helped raise such a significant amount of money for some truly amazing charities, including Marie Curie, which is so close to the hearts of so many of us at HomeServe."

Text Santa is ITV's annual Christmas appeal and raises money and awareness of six UK charities each year with all donations split equally between the causes. This year, the charities were Marie Curie, Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, Well Child, Alzheimer’s Society and Together for Short Lives. Almost £15 million has been raised for charities since the appeal started four years ago.


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