Staff at Stryker have used their annual sales meeting team building event to construct bicycles for children at West Berkshire Mencap.
More than 350 staff at the Newbury-based medical technology company took part in a team challenge in which they had to put 36 bikes together as quickly as possible. The ‘Stryker Biker’ event took place at the Madejski Stadium and was overseen by experts from Halfords who also donated vouchers for bike helmets.
Teams from Stryker had to complete fun forfeits such as riding unicycles, a three-legged race and even cheerleading to win the necessary parts and tools to construct the bikes. The finished articles were delivered to West Berkshire Mencap’s office the next day, but there was a surprise appearance on the night from some of the children who benefitted.
Elaine Broadhurst, one of the event organisers, and executive assistant at Stryker UK, said: “We’re a global company but we really wanted to do something that was meaningful and that would benefit a local charity. We chose West Berkshire Mencap as I know first-hand that they offer such vital support to people with learning disabilities and we wanted to give something to the children who use their services.”
Leila Ferguson, Chief Executive of West Berkshire Mencap, added: “We are so grateful to Stryker for holding such a fun event and to say the children are thrilled with their bikes is an understatement. Their donation has enabled a lot of siblings to go out cycling together which means they can spend quality time getting active which is always a good thing.”