Paul set up the challenge to further the fundraising work of his close friend Marjorie Anne Walker who passed away from breast cancer in 2017.
The challenge is even more inspiring given that Paul had never sat in a boat until April 2018 and only began rowing in July 2018. He is currently is training 4 days a week in the gym and on-water, and adds in yoga to help with his limited flexibility; in 1991 he suffered life changing injuries following a serious car accident.
Karen Tyrrell, Client & Communications Manager at Lakeside North Harbour, comments: “We are delighted to support this local, inspiring project. As part of our work with Paul we have already secured £1,000 sponsorship money from Dragon Boat Events (the team behind the popular Dragon Boat Race which is held on our lake each year) and look forward to working over the coming months to raise the profile of this amazing initiative”.
Paul Smith OBE comments: “1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point in their life. When I heard that ‘Challenge the Channel’ had been chosen as Lakeside North Harbour’s charity of the year I was overwhelmed and honoured. I’m excited about the many fundraising activities that are planned by the Lakeside team over the coming months!”
Challenge the Channel is set to take place on 25 May 2019 (weather permitting). To find out more about Challenge the Channel visit https://www.facebook.com/ChallengeTheChannel/
#workwell kicked off with an on-Campus seminar on Friday 26th April, which welcomed over 30 campus staff and senior managers responsible for HR, health, safety and wellbeing. Speakers included Emily Pountney, Vice Principal – Curriculum, Teaching & Learning for Portsmouth College who has developed a comprehensive wellbeing strategy for staff, and Sarah Blake, Health & Safety Training Advisor from PETA Training & Consultancy who discussed the company’s Mental Health First Aid course. Mental health first aid is becoming an important focus for many businesses to help protect the wellbeing of staff.
The #workwell initiative will offer a range of free classes for Lakeside occupiers during May and June, including Laughing Yoga, SingForce, Kamilla Yoga and TABATA fitness classes with ITri Coaching. Other free activities include a Segway Day, Stand Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking on the lake.
Karen Tyrrell, Head of Marketing and Client Services at Lakeside North Harbour, comments: “As the South Coast’s leading business Campus we are passionate about bringing life and soul to our surroundings, creating a great place for people to work and supporting our occupiers with their own workplace wellbeing strategies. Wellbeing in the workplace is a key theme for us this summer and we’ve created an exciting and varied programme to help improve the physical and mental wellbeing for all those who work here at Lakeside.”
The #workwell initiative will also include free sports events, walks, talks, seminars, classes and activities designed to encourage occupiers to make the most of the many amenities and facilities on Lakeside North Harbour’s Campus.
Other planned events include: