Charity thanks firm for helping to improve lives

Jo Finnerty of Epilepsy Research UK cheered on some of the riders taking part in 'The Big Bike Challenge'.
Jo Finnerty of Epilepsy Research UK cheered on some of the riders taking part in 'The Big Bike Challenge'.
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A leading UK logistics company based in Spalding has raised over £22,500 for 
Epilepsy Research UK.

Fowler Welch, an ambient 
and chilled specialist which employs over 1,300 people, selected Epilepsy Research UK after a colleague at its 
Heywood depot died aged 32 
in 2013 from complications from the condition.

Nick Hay, Fowler Welch managing director, said: “Last year saw many events take place to help raise this substantial amount.

“It was fantastic to see staff from all eight of our depots nationwide getting involved in the fundraising with events such as triathlons, golf events, and coffee mornings.

“Our biggest event, The Big Bike Challenge, saw 50 colleagues, customers and suppliers cycle 726 miles from our Newton Abbot depot in Devon to Washington in Tyne and Wear, via our depots in Southampton, Portsmouth, Paddock Wood, Teynham, Spalding and Heywood in Manchester. It took us a week but was great fun and a real challenge and I’m proud of everyone who got involved.”

Jo Finnerty, events fundraiser for Epilepsy Research UK added: “A heart-felt thanks to the team at Fowler Welch who raised the amazing total of over £22,500!

“We are the only national charity in the UK that is exclusively dedicated to funding independent research into this condition,

“More than 600,000 people in the UK have a diagnosis of epilepsy, and approximately 30 per cent of these will not respond to medication. Our research concentrates on key areas that will benefit people with epilepsy, such as improving quality of life.”