More than 100 children aged 11 and under took part in the challenging three-sport event, involving a swim, cycle and run at King William’s College. All pupils finished the triathlon and were awarded a commemorative medal and t-shirt supplied by SMP.
The local corporate and trust provider invited Hospice Isle of Man, its 2019 Charity of the Year, to come along to the family fun day to raise money and awareness of the vital care that it provides on the Island.
David Hudson, SMP Group CEO, said: ‘We’re delighted to see this event raise such a fantastic amount for Hospice Isle of Man. Everyone at SMP is thoroughly enjoying focusing our 2019 fundraising efforts on the charity, which has become such a cherished part of our community, and looking forward to presenting the grand total at the end of the year.’
Steve Downward from Hospice Isle of Man was presented with the cheque at the Buchan School. He took the opportunity to do a short presentation to the young pupils on what the Hospice does and how their fundraising helps the charity.
He said: ‘We were honoured to be invited to the 2019 Buchan Triathlon and thoroughly enjoyed the day. The children really impressed us with their speed and endurance - as soon as the whistle blew they were off with gusto, the long distance didn’t faze them at all!
‘As an established Manx charity, it is important for us to get out-and-about and connect with local residents, forming relationships across the Island. The fact the event raised £500 for Hospice is incredible too. Each year we need to fundraise approximately £5 million to enable us to deliver our vital services free-of-charge, so we really appreciate all the support we can get.
‘Thank you to everyone who donated and to the SMP Group for their ongoing support.’