Employees at Poole-based business Eureka!, usually spend their spare time relaxing after a day’s work processing orders and advising customers across the UK on the most suitable first aid supplies. However, 20 members of staff have kicked off a rigorous training regime after signing up to pull a Boeing 737 in support of Julia’s House Children’s Hospice.
Julia’s House is a charity that offers support in Dorset and Wiltshire to children with life-limiting illnesses and their families, by providing round the clock hospice and community care, as well as much needed respite and emotional support.
The team at Eureka! have been involved with the charity for some years by volunteering at events and fundraising, but this is by far the biggest challenge they have undertaken for the cause.
The event is due to take place on Monday 26th August at Bournemouth Airport where 40 teams will compete to pull the plane, weighing 35 tonnes, a distance of 50 metres in the fastest time.
Corporate Fundraiser at Julia’s House, Caroline Attreed comments: “Julia’s House has been involved with Dorset Plane Pull for the past 10 years. The event is always good fun with teams often taking part in fancy dress and raising huge amounts of money for a range of local and national charities.
“We are really pleased that Eureka! have chosen to take part and support Julia’s House. We will be cheering them on throughout the day and wish them the best of luck in the competition.”
Since the first annual Plane Pull took place in 2009, the event has raised over £130,000 for 24 different charities. All event organisers volunteer their time ensuring that every single penny of money raised is donated directly to the charities involved.
Ricky Williams, Sales Manager at Eureka! is hoping to raise £1000 for Julia’s House. He tells us: “Our staff are really looking forward to taking part in this event. We are not sure how we will get on, but as long as we can all pull together and raise a fair amount money for such an amazing charity, that’s all that matters. Anyone who would like to support us on our journey can make a donation directly to Julia’s House at www.juliashouse.org.”
More information about the event can be found @DorsetPlanePull on Facebook or via the Dorset Plane Pull website www.planepull.co.uk.