Two staff members from builders’ merchant Travis Perkins are taking part in the Olympic torch relay as a reward for their charity work.
Andrew Craig, manager of Travis Perkins in Caernarfon Peblig and Brian Peers from Travis Perkins, Holywell both received public nominations and were selected by the London Organising Committee after their extraordinary fundraising achievements.
Peers was nominated by his wife Jayne and has worked as a volunteer for his local charity ‘Miles of Smiles’ for over 20 years. He has worked as secretary and trip co-ordinator and regularly dedicated evenings and weekends to the cause. The charity sends sick, disabled and under-privileged children on the holiday of a lifetime.
Craig was nominated by his Regional Director for the lengths he has gone to in raising money for Travis Perkins’ two partner charities Breast Cancer Campaign and Together for Short Lives.
The events include a triathlon, for which he had to learn to swim, The London Marathon and climbing Mount Snowdon once a week, every week for one year. He was also highly commended in the ‘outstanding employee’ category at the 2012 Charity Business Awards for his staggering achievements.
Each participant carries the torch 300 metres along the Olympic Torch route towards the Olympic Stadium. Thousands of people took to the streets to watch Peers carry the torch through his local county of Flintshire and Craig through Porthmadog High Street.
Travis Perkins has raised more than £820,000 since appointing Breast Cancer Campaign and Together for Short Lives as its sponsored charities in 2009, a four-fold increase on the original target.