Employees flee to raise cash
Six Gripple and Loadhog staff members have raised around £6000 for charity by travelling as far as possible in a 48-hour period without paying for transport. Breaking out of Loadhog were sales and marketing co-ordinator Cat King and supply chain co-ordinator Jen Handley, who raised the largest amount after 'blagging' their way the furthest distance - Dalaman in Turkey, some 1,822 miles away. For their efforts, they garnered a massive £5,000 for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Chairty through donations, sponsorship and bucket rattling.
During their ‘break for freedom’, the runaways talked their way into lifts, were kindly let onto a First bus free of charge, and boarded a plane at Robin Hood Airport for a gratis flight - the last of which came courtesy of Thomson and First Choice, who also covered the girls' accommodation. Upon her return to base, Catherine said: "Jen and I had lots of fun in supporting this worthwhile charity, but we simply could not have got so far and raised so much if it hadn’t been for so many generous and helpful people. We are immensely grateful to everyone who supported us in our escapade."
Further money raised by Gripple was donated to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, The Royal Society for the Blind and The Alzheimer’s Society. Garry Hallatt and Ben Haigh posed as masked gunmen, brandishing collection buckets and commandeering the Gripple van to take them to Whitby, North Yorkshire. Meanwhile, Incub’s Gordon Macrae and Richard Hewitt cycled around Sheffield on the newly invented Spin-Cycle, collecting cash along the way.