A BOVEY TRACEY firm has delighted members of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton by becoming headline sponsors for the charity’s 2016 Templer Way Challenge.
The deal could result in as much as £5,000 from Plastic Surgeon Fine Finishers with management pledging to match funds raised by staff who undertake the 18-mile sponsored walk on sunday April 24.
That amount could make serious inroads into the £20,000 it takes to keep the lifesaving volunteers able to respond to the 35 or so shouts they receive each year.
Last Christmas their expertise was even called for in Yorkshire when floods devastated a number of communities.
‘Plastic Surgeon have given the 2016 Templer Way Challenge a real kick start and we’re extremely grateful for their support,’ said team fundraising officer Alan Pewsey.
‘Now we’re looking forward to the event, our sixth, with great anticipation and hoping to attract plenty of walkers who will have a great day with us.
‘Everyone will set off from Haytor Quarry and make their way to Shaldon, and the best bit is it’s all down hill!’
‘We usually have about 100 people take part and we’re hopeful we can do that again this year. Registering for the event is via our website at dsrtashburton.org.uk/templerway We’d also like to hear from other businesses if they’d like to follow Plastic Surgeon’s lead and become corporate sponsors, we really do appreciate the help.’
Plastic Surgeon is based in Bovey Tracey but has seven regional centres across the country and employs almost 200 staff.
It specialises in surface repairs to materials such as metal, plastic and render. Customers include major housebuilders, insurance firms and private householders.
Managing Director Rob Mouser said: ‘There are two reasons we’ve chosen to support Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, one is that they’re local and relevant to people here and the other is that we always do things which encourage teamwork among our staff.
‘I’m not sure yet how many colleagues will be taking part but we’re aiming for 20. I’ve done the walk before as have some others but this will be the first time as a company that we’ve sponsored it.
‘It promises to be a great day.’