Winners of 'Family Business of the Year', Fresh and Clean Services Ltd, are a family owned business that have been providing professional office cleaning services for 36 years. Based in Basingstoke, they employ more than 120 staff. Each year, the staff chose a different charity to support and this year they chose Autism Hampshire, as it is a cause very close to the heart of one staff member who has a child with autism. Aiming to raise between £500 and £1,000, they actually managed to raise an incredible £1,429.50 by walking, running and swimming.
This is what Laura from Fresh and Clean wrote about their achievement:
“Autism Hampshire is Fresh and Clean Services’ chosen charity for 2018!
Autism Hampshire has been the chosen charity for Fresh and Clean Services to support for this year, and to help raise money for the cause, 5 members of the team participated in a 13 mile walk.
On Saturday 7th July 2018, members of the Fresh and Clean team, Emma, Laura T, Lucy, Danuta and Phil completed their 13 mile walk, all to raise money for the fantastic charity – Autism Hampshire.
Despite taking place on an extremely hot day, the guys managed to complete the walk in 4 hours and 22 minutes! The walk started from our office located in Bramley, Hampshire, then went onto the Amphitheatre at the Roman Wall in Silchester, and back again.
On Sunday 7th October 2018 Lauren then completed the Basingstoke Half Marathon as part of the teams effort to raise money for Autism Hampshire.
‘It was by far the hardest thing I have ever done’ – Lauren was well and truly exhausted, however the generous sponsors she received towards Autism Hampshire were her motivation to finish the 13.1 mile Basingstoke Half Marathon, and we have to say, we are all extremely proud of her for completing the hilly challenge.” Laura picked up an injury so couldn’t run the Basingstoke Half Marathon as she had planned, so she did a sponsored swim instead.
Everyone at Autism Hampshire would like to thank Fresh and Clean Services for all their efforts and the incredible amount of money raised.