Dairy Dawdlers Charity Challenge

June 15, 2017 by Lara Lucas

Dairy DawdlersBV Dairy in Shaftesbury are taking on a huge sporting challenge for the very first time – all in the name of charity.

On Saturday 17 June, a team of 4 (including BV Dairy’s Managing Director, Jim Highnam) are competing in a triathlon type event in the glorious but very rugged terrain near Keswick in the Lake District. The event includes an 8km cross country hike, a 10km canoe row and a 30km bike ride plus an obstacle course – just for good measure. Teams have to navigate their way around the gruelling course collecting points and avoiding time faults and could be out for in excess of 7 or 8 hours. This is truly not for the faint hearted!

BV Dairy’s team, The Dairy Dawdlers, are one of over 100 teams taking part, including some with professional athletes, and have entered the basic level of ‘Tough’! To take on this challenge, the team and colleagues wishing to support them, have been training hard since the beginning of the year. This has included regular lunchtime runs that are open to all staff at the Dairy; a team of 10 entered the Rocket Race at Toomer Farm in April where everyone completed the course and made it back for a well-earned picnic; and one manager entered the ‘Jurassic 100’ – a 100km run/walk along the coast in just 24 hours!

The other important part of the challenge is the charity element and all Staff at BV Dairy have been involved with fundraising for two great charities; Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and Greatwood.

Fundraising has taken the form of lunchtime barbeques and serving breakfast rolls (both extended so colleagues on the night shift had a chance to enjoy some hot food either before or after their shift), cake and doughnut sales, chilli lunches (with the chilli made by one of the directors) and ice cream sales.  All have proved popular with employees and some elements will certainly be carried on even after the fundraising for this event is complete.

Harry Cowan, Commercial Director at BV Dairy was keen to thank all those who have donated products to make the fundraising events possible and more importantly, far more profitable.

“Working toward this event over the last few months has generated a very positive atmosphere here at the Dairy.

“We are also grateful to all staff who have bought a burger or a cake.  As the directors here have supported the team and the event by paying for all entry fees, accommodation and transport costs and, where necessary, for equipment too, we are pleased that every penny raised goes to the charities selected by our staff.”

Fundraising continues and anyone wishing to donate should visit BV Dairy’s Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/teams/bvdairy