Giving others a sporting chance


We're always proud of the way our staff rally round to support good causes, and this Spring we have three more team members who are going that extra mile for charity.

Gloucester Vehicle Damage Assessor Val Phyall's daughter Sarah Jane Spooner is first out the blocks this April, when she takes part in the London Marathon. Sarah is running to raise money for the Leukaemia Care charity. Val's wife Linda was diagnosed with Essential Thrombocytheamia just over two years ago, which is a rare form of Leukaemia.

It's a big test for Sarah, as with a small daughter she has not been able to take part in any sportings activities for some time.

"The Leukaemia Care team have all been amazing, and to help with on-going care, tests, treatments and everything else they provide for my mum and so many thousand of others, I've been mad enough to try and run the London Marathon," said Sarah.

"I will be doing it with a very good friend of mine, Mandy Thompson, who is going to help by pushing me through the training and joining me in the whole cause - and doing the run too."

You can sponsor Sarah by visiting her Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sarah-jane-spooner

John Spencer, a sales consultant at Baylis Evesham branch, is also taking to the roads this September, when he competes in the Evesham to Redditch Run - a total of eighteen miles.

John's friends Joe and Lizzie, who live in Redditch, have a little boy called James. James was born last July with his heart on the wrong side, and had to have corrective surgery when he was only six days old. He also has a rare form of anaemia which affects fewer than 1,000 people worldwide.

"James has been in and out of hospital since last October, as his immune system is severely compromised," said John. "He's had ten blood transfusions since then, and will need them every three or four weeks until he is old enough to have a stem transplant and chemotherapy."

To support John's cause visit his Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/john-spencer-5?utm_id=2&utm_term=W9W47v5P2

Our third sporting hero is Marketing Manager Matt Magee. Last year Matt and his Baylis team walked the 'Trek The Night' trail - a gruelling overnight hike along the Cotswold Way - and raised over £4,000 for Action Medical Research. 

This year Matt and nine friends are taking to the water and saddle, as well putting their best feet forwards, in the 'Paddle Pedal Plod' 35 mile event across Worcestershire.

Matt's team are fundraising for St Richard's Hospice, a cause which Baylis have supported in previous years. The work the staff do on a day to day basis is second to none.

To donate to Matt's cause visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fullsteveahead