Monthly Archives: April 2020

RAJA’s Lockdown Challenge to Portugal

The RAJA UK team have set their sights on walking, running and cycling their way to the furthest RAJA Group office in Europe. At a challenging 1,500 miles away from the office in Bedford, the RAJA Portugal is the destination, but not before they stop off at the headquarters in France first to say Bonjour! They have 2 weeks to reach this ambitious target and all the miles means more money – as they fundraise for the Milton Keynes hospital charity and the Bedford Hospital Charity to support the NHS with the fight against COVID-19.

RAJA Lockdown Challenge Miles to Portugal

On Friday 24th April the lockdown challenge begun. The team tied those trainers, jumped on their bikes and filled those water bottles as they set off outside for their daily exercise – making sure they keep to Government guidelines.

Here’s how you can support the RAJA team’s Lockdown Challenge between 24th April and 7th May, and help fundraise for the NHS,  Milton Keynes hospital charity and Bedford Hospital Charity

Milton Keynes Hospital Charity - JustGiving Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends

All the money raised by the employees at RAJA will be matched by RAJA UK.

 Thank you for your support.

RAJA takes on The 2.6 Challenge

Eloise Edgar 26 cookies The 2.6 Challenge for Road Victims Trust

Eloise Edgar baked 26 cookies for the Road Victims Trust

UK charities are facing closures due to fundraising events being cancelled from COVID-19. RAJA’s employees have virtually come together to participate in the The 2.6 Challenge on Sunday 26th April 2020, when the 40th Virgin London Marathon would have taken place, and when some of our employees would have joined the thousands of runners on the streets and bridges through London. Organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events across the country united to create the 2.6 Challenge to raise the vital funds needed and to help save the UK’s charities from the estimated shortfall of £4 billion as a result of the pandemic.

Spurred on by the determination of our runners this challenge was set to every team at RAJA to complete their individual challenge in support of their own chosen cause. And what a great response! The team rallied together – and with family members – by completing their goal and to raise money for their chosen charities. By the looks of it – what fun they had!

Highlights from The 2.6 Challenge

Here are some snaps from the weekend. Some baked, biked and blitz cleaned their houses, whilst others ran, rambled and rallied their family together for a quiz.

Vicky Baker galloped 2.6k, raising over £180 for MIND

Vicky Baker galloped 2.6k, raising over £180 for MIND

Afsar Parker ran his first half marathon, also supporting MIND

Afsar Parkar ran his first half marathon, also supporting MIND

The 2.6 Challenge

Sian Creegan appreciated the sights and supported Action for Children, whilst Amy Skingsley took on 26 questions, supporting Hula Animal Rescue

Karen Phillips supported Willen Hospice and St Nicholas Hospice Care

Karen Phillips supported Willen Hospice and St Nicholas Hospice Care – although we would have liked to have seen photos from the haircut!

Amy Tyers and Marianne Aitken biked for their charities

Amy Tyers (left), rode 26 miles for the Alzheimers Society, and Marianne Aitken (right) managed 2.6 meters instead of the 26 laps with Maxi in the basket, for Cats Protection

Andrew Wood and Phil Spratling got active for The 2.6 Challenge

Andrew Wood (left) and his daughter ran 2.6 miles and raised £110 for Cats Protection, Phil Spratling (right) scootered 2.6 miles with his children for Myeloma UK

And what appears to be the toughest challenge of them all…

Sophie Jamieson embraced staying at home and achieved all 26 jobs from her spring cleaning To-Do list – what an impressive accomplishment! She endured this long task for the Spinal Injuries Association.

Sophie Jamieson spring-cleaned for Spinal Injuries Association

All the fun and games, not to mention hard work was to support charities that were close to people’s hearts, here are just some of them…

The 2.6 Challenge at RAJA - charity donations

COVID kindness: How the Coronavirus Has Changed our World

The coronavirus has affected our everyday lives and changed the world that we all know, however through this great sadness we are all discovering COVID kindness in humanity. Here are some of the inspiring and touching accounts of how the kindness in human nature has prevailed.

NHS Wellness Boxes

The NHS frontline staff are working long, hard and stressful hours being the barrier protecting the nation from this virus. Seena Chand is the wife of a doctor and has created the NHS Wellness Box. RAJA provided the recycled cardboard boxes to Seena’s cause, these boxes are then packed with mini treats, everyday essentials and decorated with words of appreciation. These boxes are delivered to staff at the hospital, who have in some cases worked back-to-back shifts and they have not been able to go home.

You can find out more about her NHS Wellness Boxes

NHS Wellness Boxes - Seena Chand

Gifts from James

Another nice story that will surely leave you smiling is a good Samaritan simply called ‘James’. James has been leaving gift boxes on cars at the John Radcliffe hospital carpark in Oxford, James also has been known to make trips to Didcot ambulance station. The gift boxes are filled with goodies for the NHS staff and are a “just a little thank you” for all their hard work. It may me a small gesture for James, but this big token has truly touched hearts.

You can read about James’s gift boxes.

NHS Gift Boxes from James - www.oxfordmail.co.uk

NHS Food Boxes

The people of Britain have united to thank all the NHS staff. Communities are recognising NHS neighbours and offering encouraging gestures of support in the form of these food boxes and care packages, either left on doorsteps or delivered to hospitals up and down the country. These care packages of ready made meals, treats, food supplies and toiletries have been received by nurses and doctors – these pictures are just some of the touching stories where they have been thanked –  all to help make their lives a little easier, after a long and tiring shift.

NHS Food Boxes - COVID Kindness

Source: Twitter

Princess Eugenie (although, this is not the only well-known name to have also given aid during the coronavirus outbreak), has also offered her support by delivering essential supplies to NHS heroes. Boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables have been delivered to the Hammersmith Hospital to thank them for ‘everything they do’, she has also applauded all the delivery drivers and the keyworkers that also helped to make this happen.

NHS Food boxes from Princess Eugenie

Source: Instagram

Caring Communities

It is not just the general public that are pulling together, new charities are also emerging, businesses and organisations are contributing, and public health services are offering even more relief for the welfare of the vulnerable. Solihull Council contacted RAJA for donations, they needed boxes and tape for the Adult Social Care & Support service. There are so many touching stories like this, where sports halls are stacked with boxes and bags, and a production line of volunteers filling them with basic food supplies, to then be given to the vulnerable.

Community food boxes from Solihull Council

Communities are also looking after local residents, particularly helping elderly neighbours who are in isolation, shopping for basic necessities. Residents have been leaving food shopping supplies and essentials on their neighbours’ doorstep. Here is a sweet story of a 5-year-old befriending a 93-year-old gentleman who lives by himself. Kiran posted her hand written note with a colourful drawing through his door, and that was the start of this duo becoming wonderful pen pals.

You can read more about Kiran’s letter to her neighbour.

5-year-old's hand written letter to a neighbour - COVID Kindness

Source: Twitter

The nation is working together to recognise and support each other, with every cardboard box or food bag filled with gifts left on a doorstop, or a poster with a message or drawing of thanks. Although it is not just the NHS heroes Brits are praising. COVID Kindness extends to all keyworkers that are keeping the nation and economy turning, from delivery drivers to the postman, to cleaners, to supermarket staff, and the list goes on! And there are countless more selfless stories just like these that are happening throughout the country, and globally – around the world – as a result of the coronavirus.

Here are more acts of hope and happiness from this great nation:

COVID-19 Social Distancing Safety Products

At RAJA we are creating COVID-19 social distancing safety products, a dedicated new range of Coronavirus safety and security products to help you follow social distancing regulations. We are continually developing our COVID-19 protection products shop with protective and preventative equipment to help you stay safe – so keep checking the website! Here are some of the new products added to the RAJA packaging range.

Social Distance Floor Markers, also available Social Distance Floor Marker Kits

For more information on the Social Distance Floor Markers >> Read the PDF

Social Distance Floor MarkersSocial Distance Floor Marker Kits

2 Metres Distance Warning Tape

2 Metres Distance Warning Tape2 Metres Distance Warning Tape, red and white

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