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SciPro found their fundraising team spirit during lockdown

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SciPro selected Designability as their Charity of the Year after finding out about our Wizzybugs and what they can offer to young disabled children.

Setting the target of funding a whole Wizzybug

SciPro, a company which provides consultancy to medical device organisations, got in touch with us a year ago to discuss becoming a corporate partner.

Ed Bevans, Associate Director – Head of SciPro UK, said:

” As a company that works in a very similar field to Designability, we understood just how fantastic a device the Wizzybug is.”

The team set themselves the target of raising enough money to fund a new Wizzybug powered wheelchair for our UK loan scheme. They had lots of ideas for group fundraising activities, but then the country went into lockdown.

Adapting to fundraising during lockdown

Ed continued: “At the start of lockdown, we had raised a little over £1,000 against our target of £5,000. With the restrictions around organised sporting events like marathons and triathlons, I was really concerned about how we were going to be able to fundraise.

“Fortunately, I have an amazing team around me and we started a series of events which really catapulted our fundraising. We used Zoom for a weekly ‘Workout Wednesday’ training session which included using wine bottles as makeshift weights (most people opened up their bottles afterwards!) and we had another session where the workout was set against ACDC’s ‘Thunderstruck’. That was a painful one!”

Before lockdown, the team had established a run club which they were able to move to be virtual, where everyone would post a selfie of their run to a WhatsApp group.

Ed added: “We decided to run the length of all of our European offices – just under 2,000 kilometres in May. We reached 2,200 km in total, so we literally gave 110%!

“This group become a beacon of positivity and encouragement, and is something we have continued even since restrictions have eased.”

Conquering huge physical challenges for a good cause

John Morkus, a Director in SciPro, took things a step further. With a rowing machine set up in his back garden, he ‘virtually’ rowed the length of the English Channel – a full 31 kilometres – a feat that took him over three hours and many, many hours of training beforehand.

John even made his own squat rack from timber he bought when B&Q opened again! It was a phenomenal effort from one individual, and hundreds of people followed John’s journey throughout.

Ed said: “With the help of our ‘Workout Wednesdays’, our Virtual Run Club and John rowing the channel virtually, we raised close to £4,000 during the lockdown period, and reached our goal to be able to raise funds for our first Wizzybug!

"Lockdown threw challenges at us, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by the brave children who have Wizzybugs."

“We feel really proud to have been able to partner with Designability on this, and wish to thank them for all of their support to get to this stage. We look forward to continuing our fundraising and partnership.”

Would your team like to support Designability?

If SciPro’s story has inspired you, then we would love to hear from you!

Get in touch with our fundraising team to find out the ways in which we can support your company’s fundraising efforts as one of our corporate partners.