On June 21st 55 employees of Billing Finance are flying to Iceland, with Iceland Air to take part in the “Iceland Midnight Sun Run” to raise funds for the Hospice and two other local Northampton-based charities.
The trip is part of the family-run car finance business’s 35-year-anniversary celebrations, and among those flying to Iceland is James Mackaness, who founded the company in 1983. James, 73, won’t be running but is going to support those running either 5km, 10km or a half marathon.
One member of Team Billing is 53-year-old Janice O’Dell (pictured above), a credit controller from Irchester,who applied for her first ever passport so she could take part. “I’ve brought up a family and spent my whole life looking after other people and pets. I’ve never been further than Glasgow so thought it was about time I did something for myself,” she says.
Managing director of Billing Finance, Oliver Mackaness, says: “Team building, well being and personal development, as well as helping local charities, is very important to us.
“Two years ago, a group of 36 of us went to the Geneva running festival, and I’m delighted that in Iceland we will have even more runners who this time are raising money for Cynthia Spencer Hospice, The Hope Centre and Children Are Butterflies. “I am really proud of the staff at Billing for taking on these challenges, and grateful to our wonderful trainer and mentor Ali Cooper, who will be coming with us to Iceland,” Oliver continues. “Taking part in these events isn’t compulsory but I can really see the difference it makes to those who do. For some of our employees, getting fit and taking on the challenge of a charity run is life changing.”
John Helm, Fundraising Manager at the Hospice says "We would like to wish the whole Billing Finance Midnight Sun Run team the very best of luck on their Icelandic challenge. We are extremely grateful for the support the company gives us and we hope Team Billing have a wonderful event in Iceland."
To make a charitable donation in support of the team, please visit www.everyclick.com/icelandmidnightsunrun2018