Monthly Archives: April 2016

Ben Nevis Braved

This Sunday saw Chapmans engineer Scott Moore and good friend Rikki Theodosi tackle Ben Nevis, in Scotland, and reach the finale of their mammoth National Three Peaks Challenge to raise money and awareness for The Mary Stevens Hospice.

With over £1200 raised to date and three mountains conquered, we think it’s mission accomplished.

In what turned out to be terrifying white-out conditions the pair were literally on their hands and knees at 1000m elevation, clambering through ice and snow, with over 300m still to go. Purely by chance they met up with a professional climber called Pete who was leading an expedition, also on their way to the summit.

Chapmans engineer Scott Moore and Rikki Theodosi summit Ben Nevis in terrifying white-out conditions

Pete, who had already seen two people admit defeat in his party, advised the duo to go no further without a set of crampons on their boots and a compass. Luckily, with two of his party going back down he had crampons to spare and, recognising their determination, offered to lead Scott and Rikki the rest of the way to the summit. They eagerly agreed and even paid him to do so.

Ben Nevis, at an eye watering 1345m (4413ft), brings their journey to a gruelling conclusion. It has been a truly awesome challenge and a real inspiration to us all. We’re really proud of both the lads and very pleased to have sponsored their adventure and be able to support Mary Stevens again.

The hospice provides an incredibly valuable service within the community and it is mostly funded through donations. It takes an enormous £2.3 million each year to enable them to perform their work. There is still time for you to make a donation so do please be generous.

“Waking up and realising you’ve walked the 3 tallest mountains in the Uk is brilliant, we risked our lives yesterday to be fair, when i think now we were a bit silly to crawl across ice with 1000ft drops next to us, but with both of us hating to fail and being so stubbon can make you not fear what could happen, if it wasnt for us pushing then peter the pro climber wouldnt have seen us to know we weren’t going to stop, and take us the rest of way, but thats it for this fundraiser, we are looking into another peak challenge soon, me and Rikki Theodosi are so greatful for the support and donations
thankyou so much” – Scott Moore

This is a short video, posted to Facebook, showing the intense white-out conditions they encountered on the mountain. Read more about Scott & Rikki’s previous two climbs here and follow Chapmans on Twitter or Facebook for daily news and offers.

Chapmans Shortlisted as Finalists for The Express & Star Business Awards

Express & Star Logo

In really exciting news this week, we can reveal that Chapmans has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Express & Star Business Awards 2016!

The awards encompass Midland businesses from the worlds of retail, manufacturing, technology and services and there are a total of 11 prizes up for grabs this year. The contenders this year have been described as some of the most impressive in the history of the event. The Family Business of the Year award is being sponsored by leading accountancy and business advisory firm BDO.

Chapmans was selected as a finalist for the Family Business of the Year Award 2016. Other finalists for the award are E Hammond Case & Pallet Ltd and SPV Group, so we are in really good company and it’s sure to be a tough decision for the judges. We are thrilled to be chosen and keeping everything crossed for the final.

The judges, from both Express & Star and BDO, will be visiting Chapmans in the coming days to assist them in their decision making process and the winners announced at a glittering gala dinner at Wolverhampton Racecourse in May. Wish us luck!

You can keep up with all our daily news and offers by following us on Twitter or Facebook

Chapmans Tech Guru Mark Lynock at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show, NEC

Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2016

See Mark at the show on Thursday 14th April on the CEDIA stand G163

Self-build specialists, renovation experts and leading brands are all under one roof at the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC, April 14th – 17th. Spanning four halls, it’s the biggest event of its kind in the UK. And it’s a unique opportunity – where you can get free face-to-face advice and attend must-see Master-classes.

Tech Expert - Mark LynockOur very own tech expert, Mark Lynock will be assisting on the CEDIA stand tomorrow, Thursday the 14th of April.

Seek him out on stand G163 where he is available to answer any questions about home automation, heating & cooling, the internet of things, home security, specialist cabling, project management, smart appliances, system integration, wifi & networking and much more..

Book your ticket now and visit Mark on the CEDIA stand tomorrow.

Scafell Scaled

An inspiring view from the top of Scafell Pike, in the Lake District, as Chapmans engineer Scott Moore and good friend Rikki Theodosi tick the second peak of their daunting Three Peaks Challenge off the list. At 978 metres we’re guessing that is real snow!

An inspiring view from the top of Scafell Pike as Scott & Rikki tick another one off their list.

You can almost see all the way home from here..

If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook you can’t have missed the story so far. This is all to raise money for The Mary Stevens Hospice. An invaluable local community resource which is mainly funded through donations.

Please show your support by making a donation via their JustGiving page. You can read more about their journey and the personal reasons for making it on our post about it here and the reason they are carrying a Chapmans flag all the way up with them.

Last Sunday they conquered Snowdon, in Wales, which at 1085 metres took them up into the clouds on what looked to be a blustery day. Next Sunday they tackle Ben Nevis, in Scotland, which at a whopping 1345 metres and starting from almost sea level is sure to test the metal of even these brave souls. The name alone sounds intimidating, never mind the 10 mile uphill hike.

Read more about their Snowdon adventure and see the view for yourself . Read more about the route they took on Scafell Pike, and why. Again, please show your support with a pledge on their JustGiving page.

Snowdon Conquered

If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook you can’t have missed the big build up to the daunting Three Peaks Challenge being attempted by Chapmans engineer Scott Moore and his brave friend Rikki Theodosi to raise funds for The Mary Stevens Hospice.

The massive undertaking began this Sunday with the daring duo tackling Snowdon, in Wales, at a knee aching 1085 metres. They move on next Sunday to Scafell Pike, in the Lake District, at a mere 978 metres and conclude the following Sunday, the 17th, by climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland at a terrifying 1345 metres.

Chapmans engineer Scott Moore & Rikki Theodosi conquer Snowdon raising funds for Mary Stevens Hospice

They took a Chapmans flag with them & will pose for a selfie atop each mountain.

As you can see, it was a bit murky up there. Scott reports that the weather was fine until the last quarter of the climb, when they climbed up into the clouds. Both really enjoyed the climb though and the challenge and can’t wait to get their boots into the next one.

Please support them by pledging a donation on Scott’s JustGiving page here for Mary Stevens Hospice. Don’t forget to apply Gift Aid to your donation on the site. They are doing this in remembrance of Scott’s Mum’s partner who sadly passed away following a battle with a brain tumour.

Chapmans is, as ever, proudly an active member of our community and delighted to be sponsoring Scott and Rikki’s challenge. We’re thrilled to be able to help Mary Stevens again. The extraordinary service they provide within our community is beyond value.