11 Sep 2018
On Saturday 8th September the team at Prime embarked on another Charity Challenge, this one known as Prime’s Space Hopperathon.
The Space Hopperathon saw two teams of Prime employees leave the offices in Coventry and Solihull and bounce 13 miles to the Hatton Arms. Team members shared responsibility for bouncing on the space hopper ensuring someone was bouncing at all times along the route.
The teams gathered at 7am and prepared to embark on their journey. The Solihull Hoppers were led out by two members of our Audit and Accounts team, James Burbidge and Lewis Powell, James managed an impressive 23 seconds on the space hopper whilst Lewis completed a whopping 47 second stint. It was at this stage that it dawned on the team that this could potentially be the most challenging challenge we ever attempted.
The Solihull Hoppers where led by Scott Johns who had youth and determination on his side as he valiantly bounced the entire way from Solihull to Knowle, the destination of stop one. The other members of the team rotated bouncing responsibility between them and drew quite a lot of attention from drivers as they passed over the M42 at 8am.
Shortly after the first stop our Marketing Manager Jonathan Stobart, embarked on his one man mission to burst all the space hoppers and popped his second in the space of an hour, which would be followed by a third later on in the morning. Jonathan was adamant that this was purely bad luck rather than too much weight being forced on the hopper.
The team from Coventry bounced through Kenilworth down the high street drawing a considerable amount of attention from drivers and other members of the public going about their Saturday morning. By this time the Solihull team had joined the canal which challenged the team to not only stay on the space hopper, but out of the water!
The route took the hoppers down busy roads, narrow canal paths and dark tunnels, however this didn’t deter our determined hoppers as 11 hours and 13 miles after setting off the hoppers reached the Hatton Arms where they were welcomed back by friends and family, a welcome sight after a long day of bouncing.
Kevin Johns, Prime’s Managing Director commented “We are always looking for different fund raising and I think with the Space Hopperathon we certainly achieve this. We’ve undertaken a variety of challenges over the years which has seen us cycle to each end of the country, climb mountains and walk over fire however this has got to have been the most challenging activity we have ever undertaken”
Maria Brown from SoLO (one of Prime’s nominated charities) said “Thanks to the Prime team for taking part in the Hopperathon on Saturday – it is very gratifying to know that there are lots of mad folk out there doing amazing things for others!”
We’re proud to have the opportunity to support and raise money for two such worthy causes, Zoe’s Place in Coventry and SoLO in Solihull. Thanks to everyone that supported and participated in this crazy challenge.
To donate to the challenge please visit the fund raising page by clicking here.
Thanks to the Prime team for taking part in the Hopperathon on Saturday – it is very gratifying to know that there are lots of mad folk out there doing amazing things for others!"