As the largest methyl-methacrylate production site in Europe, our Cassel site in the UK is naturally abuzz with activity. This was especially true last week, as Cassel’s people got active and had great fun raising money for Sport Relief to help vulnerable people both in the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

What went on?

Monday kicked things off at a leisurely pace, as a lunch-time walking club got people up and energised for the rest of their day.

Tuesday saw the pace picked up with a 6km running challenge, starting and finishing at the site’s entrance. Stuart Park, Chemist, says:

“The run was a great success in challenging wind conditions. A good performance was seen from everyone and hopefully they have inspired others to give it a try.”

Pictured: the site’s runners.

In a more relaxing turn, a meditation session was led on Wednesday by Nigel Savage, Senior Process Engineer. It was a great way to inspire people to de-stress and improve their overall wellbeing.  Nigel says:

“There are many health benefits of meditation – a form of deep relaxation which offers a variety of health benefits, mentally, emotionally and physically.

“Today’s modern world is an understandably hectic place. However, by dedicating a short amount of time towards regular meditation, over time you will notice an improvement in many areas of your life, including your energy levels.”

Ever heard of Zumba? This dance-based workout is a truly global craze, running in 180 countries. At Cassel, we’re lucky enough to have a trained Zumba instructor in Amanda Buck, Energy, Environment & Sustainability Manager, who led a session for the site on Thursday. Amanda says:

“The class coped very well with the twelve Latin and pop dance routines and there was lots of laughter along the way. Everyone commented on how much they enjoyed it and left feeling like they’d had a good workout.”

Pictured: the Zumba class.

To end the week, a sports-themed lunchtime quiz was held and people were able to wear sports t-shirts of their choice in exchange for a small donation.

On top of all this, throughout the whole week, an exercise bike challenge set the goal of racking up the highest distance possible from the 15-minute contributions of each person taking part. The competitive element soon took hold and the week ended with a grand total of 187 kilometres cycled – enough to ride as far from Cassel as our fellow Mitsubishi Chemical group company, Nippon Gohsei’s site in Hull!

The result? We managed to raise £225 (and counting!) thanks to everyone’s generosity. It’s been fantastic to see so many people joining in, trying new things and supporting a brilliant cause.