Sewtec break a sweat with E3 Recruitment to raise money for Andy’s Man Club

19 May 2022

On Friday 13th of May, four representatives from Sewtec headed to the E3 Recruitment offices in Elland to take part in E3 Recruitment’s Big 24-hour Bike & Treadmill Fundraiser to raise funds for Andy’s Man Club, a local men’s mental health charity.

The event saw the E3 Recruitment team and manufacturing leaders come together to keep a bike and treadmill going for a full 24 hours, with 15 companies and over 90 people getting involved to complete 30-minute slots. It was an early start, with the E3R team kicking the day off at 7am before various manufacturing companies joined from 9am onwards. The E3 Recruitment and HSQ Recruitment teams took on the night shift, running and cycling from 7pm to 7am on Saturday 14th May.

With the most amount of representatives taking part than any other company, Sewtec’s Mark Atkins and Charles Boswell joined the event on Friday morning to take part and do their bit, with Lee Brotherton and Chris Morton joining on Friday evening. Sewtec also donated a cash amount towards the E3R total and provided items for the gift bags that will be circulated amongst those who took part as a thank you.

This is not the first time that Sewtec have supported Andy’s Man Club. From money raised through Sewtec Christmas initiatives, we donated £300 to the charity to help encourage men to speak openly about mental health. We then invited Oli Vikse from the charity to talk to our employees in small groups about the charity and the support that they provide, which was received incredibly positively by both our male and female employees.

Andy’s Man Club run free-to-attend talking groups for men who have either been through a storm, are currently going through a storm or have a storm brewing in life. The charity was founded in 2016 after the tragic loss of Andy Roberts who took his own life. It was set up by Andy’s mother, Elaine Roberts and brother-in-law Luke Ambler to help prevent other families from the suffering they had been through and destigmatise male mental health, providing a safe space for men to talk, address their feelings and support others struggling with mental health issues. Andy’s Man Club has already saved over 800 men throughout the UK.

E3 Recruitment have since chosen Andy’s Man Club as their new charity partner. E3 Recruitment work within the manufacturing and engineering industries. With a large majority of the labour force being men, they’ve seen first-hand the difficulties that not having proper support can cause. As a result, they are continuously working with manufacturing leaders to better improve their employee value proposition by guiding them towards building cultures and creating policies that better serve their employees.

Mark Atkins, Director of Business Support at Sewtec says,

“It’s great to see those within the manufacturing industry come together to raise awareness for Andy’s Man Club and male mental health in general. The pandemic especially has caused many industries across the UK to prioritise mental health at work, and Sewtec is no exception”. 

Over the years, Sewtec has received a tremendous amount of assistance from partners and key suppliers when requested to support our charity initiatives. E3R have always committed to whatever we require. When E3R contacted us to ask if we would participate in the 24-hour marathon to raise money for this great cause, we jumped at the opportunity.

Having supported Andy’s Man Club recently and had them delivering sessions to our employees, it really was a no brainer for Sewtec to get involved. Thank you so much to E3 Recruitment for letting us be a part of this.”

A whopping £3,300 was raised for Andy’s Man Club, smashing the £2,000 target. Not only this, but this is the first in a series of fundraising events for the charity, with the E3R Warriors competing in the Bradford Dragon Boat Festival Multi-Charity Championship on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July, racing against 45 teams at Roberts Park, Saltair, with a further £2,000 sponsorship target.

Andy Joseph, Director at E3 Recruitment says,

“The BIG Ride & Run was a truly gruelling challenge with 24 hours of non-stop activity. I’d like to say thank you to everyone that got involved for their amazing efforts; our employees, clients and suppliers who participated, and everyone that kindly donated. It was a great fundraising event and I feel proud of what we have all achieved – together we made a difference and will continue making a difference”.

This money will be used to provide training for Andy’s Man Club’s 500 volunteers, run marketing campaigns and purchase essentials such as facilitator kits, refreshments and rent.

E3R are still working hard towards supporting Andy’s Man Club and there’s still time to donate to E3 Recruitment’s Big 24-hour Bike & Treadmill Fundraiser here!