On a bright weekend in June 2016 an army of adventurous and fun-seeking participants (better known as 'Rushers') gathered in Milton Keynes to undergo a 5k obstacle course with an an onslaught of powdered and wet colour throughout.
SPI's team also gathered its best team and participated with immense training taking place in the weeks prior to the event.
Supporting a good cause
The SPI team raised just over £600 for the chosen charity = Willen Hospice, an organisation based in Milton Keynes which helps those with life-limiting illnesses. More information can be found at www.willen-hospice.org.uk.
More information on the Obstacle Colour Rush can be found on www.colorobstaclerush.co.uk
#Colourrush 2016 Milton Keynes raises £600 for Willen Hospice
"You're Hired". Journey from apprenticeship to full time employment
Humaira Begum joined SPI in July 2016 through IMPACT Apprenticeships - an organisation which supports apprentices into a year-long placement in industry.
She began an NVQ in Business Administration and was given exposure and real responsibility in Information Management services, accounts, HR including audits (Investors in People, ISO 9001), inductions and training for new starters.
"The NVQ provided a practical framework from which I learned about the varying functions in a business. I was assessed throughout the NVQ through coursework, assignments, interviews and training logs. I have enjoyed my experience at SPI and have learned so much about people interaction within business. The team has really supported my growth and being in an NVQ apprenticeship is one of the best ways to learn new practical skills and contribute immediately whilst developing confidence."
Humaira successfully completed the diploma and is now a full-time permanent member of the SPI team. www.impactapprenticeships.co.uk
SPI's Laura on the Harewood Dash 10k for Age UK
In March 2016, SPI's Laura Hepworth put on her training gear to run for Age UK, The annual Harewood Dash run is a 10K challenge which starts from and ends at the famous historical Harewood House in Leeds.
"This is a run I trained for as I am passionate about the way elderly are cared for. Age UK provide great support and is in need of funding its activities", said Laura after the race. www.ageuk.org.uk
Emily’s Star is a local Milton Keynes charity which helps grant wishes to families who have a child or children with life limiting or life threatening illness.
It also serves to raise awareness of Trisomy 18 known as Edwards Syndrome – the UK’s second most common syndrome.
Emily’s Star provides neonatal boxes to local neonatal units which include items for both mum and premature underweight babies.
This year, Dee O’ Donovan, Head of Business Support at SPI, made a passionate effort to promote and support the charity’s Christmas gift appeal at SPI’s head office building. The gifts which were generously donated would provide brand new packaged gifts for children and raise their spirits during Christmas 2016. www.emilysstar.co.uk
Emily's Star Christmas gifts raise spirits