Ice bucket challenge photo

Richard Harpin gets a soaking for charity

Posted 23 September 2014 12:35 PM by Mark Round

HomeServe PLC Chief Executive Officer Richard Harpin is the latest person to join business leaders and celebrities from across the globe to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge.

The challenge - that sees icy cold water dropped over the head of a nominated person - aims to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease.

Richard was nominated by HomeServe's Non-Executive Director and Chief Executive of WM Grant & Sons Ltd, Stella David.

Richard said: "When the gauntlet was laid down by Stella, I was delighted to be involved and to help raise awareness for Motor Neurone Disease. It is a condition which affects the lives of many and I was keen to help do my bit for the cause."

Richard's involvement in the challenge also follows the recent announcement that HomeServe has extended its partnership with Marie Curie for a further three years and donated £1.5m to the charity.

Marie Curie has been supported by HomeServe since the partnership launched in 2010. Marie Curie nurses provide free hands-on care and support for people who are terminally ill and their families, in their own homes and the charity's hospices.

Richard added: "The challenge also served as opportunity to continue raising awareness about Marie Curie Cancer Care, of which HomeServe is a proud supporter. The work done by the charity is incredible and I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that we're looking forward to supporting them for the next three years."

Upon being drenched, Richard then nominated three fellow participants to take on the challenge next, including television personality Melanie Sykes who recently featured in a HomeServe commercial.

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