Team Jacob Douwe Egberts (JDE) had a fantastic experience at the Great North Run in Newcastle this year. After three months of exhausting training, the team surpassed their target and raised £4,423 (£5,371 including gift aid) for the charity Rethink Mental Illness. The money raised will help the charity support more than 60,000 people with mental illness in England every year.
Amongst the team were eager runners with varied athletic abilities. Every associate completed the challenge in good time, with the average calculated at an outstanding time of 2 hours and 30 minutes. The quickest time recorded by Euan Thomas was 2 hours and 4 minutes – less than an hour behind Mo Farah, who won the elite race in 1 hour and 7 mins. The JDE team ran with pride and commitment for mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness and were greeted by a British Red Arrows display at the finish line.
Andy Dixon, Sales Director at JDE Professional, said: “We are delighted that we surpassed our target of £4,000 and are grateful for JDE’s support, sponsorship and motivation throughout our training. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our peers, friends and family and are currently talking about our next team challenge for 2017. We had an amazing day that not only challenged us as a team, but also as individuals.”
Jemima Woolgar at Rethink Mental Illness, said: “It is so important that we have teams taking part in events like the Great North Run. A huge thank you to the JDE Coffee Crew for their hard work and fundraising. Not only have they helped to raise awareness, but they have raised an incredible amount of money that will help us support more people with mental illness.”