Eleven colleagues from Hastings Direct have raised a whopping £3,400 (and counting) for Bexhill based charity Homecall after cycling an impressive 126 miles in one day in eighty-degree heat.
Leaving the company’s Newmarket office at 5.30am on Tuesday morning, the workmates and amateur cyclists reached Hastings Direct’s head office in Bexhill at 8.30pm welcomed by fellow colleagues and representatives from Homecall.
Martin Pierce, Dave Peacock, Ben Wright, Gary Cook, Nicole Walker, Daryl Nayler, Matt Laver, Mark Humphrey, Paul Baker, Simon Catmur and Alan Auger have been training for over three months and although a tough challenge, enjoyed every minute of the charity ride.
Ben Wright from Hastings Direct said, “It was a great challenge and everyone taking part should be really proud of their achievements. The riders and support crew worked really hard on the hottest September day on record, raising money for a brilliant local charity and having a lot of fun in the process. We’re really touched by the support and welcome we received.”
Jay Wootten, community relations manager added, “We’re delighted to be able to support our charity partners of 2016 with events like this. It also provided an opportunity for our colleagues to give something back via our community day programme. A big well done to team Hastings.”
Leah Norman from Homecall said “A massive thank you to everyone from Hastings Direct that cycled from Newmarket to Bexhill on a very hot day to raise valuable funds for our small charity. The amount raised is truly phenomenal and will ensure Our Volunteer Visitors continue to provide home visits and support to the visually impaired to help them maintain their independence in our community.”
The shifts in customer service teams are quite colleague friendly. There is free tea and coffee in the call centre, and a subsidised Costa Coffee and canteen. There are lots of incentives to earn more, and a decent social life.
It has a really positive environment with everyone who works there being very helpful. The managers really do go out of their way to assist you. There are a lot of benefits and rewards at Hastings Direct which if you are doing well are quite easy to achieve.
There is a well-rounded approach to the wellbeing of all colleagues, including an inclusive approach to wellbeing activities. Hastings Direct aims to roundly develop colleagues and set them up for future careers within the company.
There is a wonderful work environment, with a strong sense of team work which purveys throughout the business. And there is a sense of friendly competition which works to heighten this.
As an employer, Hastings Direct offers a lot of company benefits to all employees which are fantastic and I feel this is quite unique. The company culture is inclusive and encourages everyone to participate in local causes.
All employees are well looked after, respected and recognised for the hard work we do for the company. It is a great experience to be working with such amazing team. It much easier for me to balance my work and personal life.
It’s a great place to work with amazing benefits, support and colleagues. Lots of hands on support. Amazing rewards for achieving targets and also plenty of time to get together as a team outside of work and bond with your colleagues.
The company culture, management structure and general atmosphere is really good. The share scheme and Hastings Direct rewards are also fantastic for staff.