Midlands recruitment company TRS Personnel gave a charity runner a boost when he embarked on his latest effort to run up a Shropshire landmark every week for a year.
Tim Stevens wasn't really hoping for a lift in a lorry up the Wrekin when he embarked on his latest run. Despite the advertising boards for HGV drivers he carried all the way to the top of the Wrekin, Tim was raising cash for Barnardos as part of his mammoth bid to run up the hill every week during 2011.
Award-winning TRS Personnel, a recruitment specialist with offices in Telford and Shrewsbury, sponsored 44-year-old Tim to carry the boards on his latest run as part of its commitment to supporting charities and the community in the region.
Jeff Lawrence, director of TRS Personnel, said: "To commit to running up the Wrekin 52 times is a tremendous feat, and we wanted to show Tim our support."
"We have donated more than the average worker's annual salary to charities in the last year and this was a brilliant chance to hand over some cash to a good cause while raising awareness that we have vacancies for HGV drivers at the same time. We're the largest supplier of agency drivers in the region and we need even more experienced HGV drivers to fill order books into 2012 on day, night and weekend contracts."
"We thought it was quite funny that a runner was advertising for drivers - maybe someone thought he just wanted a lift! But joking aside, Barnardos is a fantastic cause and especially with Tim's personal connection to the charity, we were delighted to help out."
TRS Personnel recently scooped the Business in the Community Award at the 2011 Shropshire Business Awards.
Tim, who lives in Little Wenlock, said he had been touched by the support for businesses which were sponsoring his weekly runs.
"I said I would push, pull or carry anything which represents the business sponsoring me for a minimum donation of £25, which could raise £1,300 in the year. But by week 19, we had already raised £1,200 for Barnardos which is fantastic."
"My mother was raised in a Barnardos home until she was five years old. Unfortunately she passed away when she was quite young. Barnardos work directly with over 100,000 children, young people and their families every year including counselling for children who have been abused, fostering and adoption services,vocational training and disability inclusion groups.
"I want to express my sincere thanks to TRS Personnel for its support and know that the donation will help give a child a chance."
Tim is hoping to put together a charity calendar at the end of the year showing all the businesses which have support his efforts. Anyone who would like to donate to Tim's charity can call him on 07772118945 or email email@example.com.
Anyone who is interested in applying for a vacancy with TRS Personnel can contact 0844 8808 250.