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Corps Security wins Business Charity Award for efforts in support of Combat Stress

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Corps Security, one of our corporate partners, has been awarded Challenge Event of the Year at Third Sector’s Business Charity Awards for their ‘Tour de Corps’ fundraising challenge in aid of Combat Stress.

The challenge was a staggering 750-mile cycle between all of Corps’ mainland offices, starting in Glasgow and concluding in London. Corps Security, who provide specialist security services while helping former service personnel back into employment. won the award because of the intensity of their challenge, and for far exceeding their initial £5,000 fundraising target by raising £11,500 for Combat Stress.   

The intrepid team of six cyclists overcame terrible weather conditions, battling strong winds and even snow at the high altitude, an impromptu ice-cold swim across a ford, as well as bike problems and severe fatigue, to complete the challenge in just seven days.

At times they climbed nearly 10,000m above sea level as they wound their way through the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and the Brecon Beacons.

In attendance at the awards ceremony was Corps commercial manager Scott Hudson, who had completed the entire cycle, and Combat Stress Senior Corporate Fundraising Officer Maggie Mills. They accepted the award as a tribute to the strong relationship between the two organisations.

Garry Burns, Senior Head of Corporate Partnerships and Events at Combat Stress, said: “We are delighted to see Corps Security get the recognition they deserve, and are just so incredibly grateful to them for taking on this challenge and for their continued support over the past six years.

“Their efforts have had a profound positive impact on the veteran community, and have helped us to continue changing the lives of those struggling with complex mental health problems”.

Andy Topp, Sales and Marketing Director for Corps, said: “It is an honour to receive recognition for an incredible effort from the Tour de Corps team.  Corps wanted to support the fundraiser as much as possible right from the beginning, providing all accommodation and support to the incredible group of cyclists.

“We were really tested with regular 5am training starts and seven days of tough weather, huge areas covered, and even larger heights reached. This achievement has strengthened our relationship with Combat Stress, and it was an honour to help raise money to save lives”.