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Devon Coast to Coast Challenge for The Brain Tumour Charity

Just two days to go until young electrical apprentice Luke Wigley sets off with family member Spencer to cycle from coast to coast across Devon raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity.

They recently lost their uncle, Ron Palin, to a brain tumour and are taking extraordinary measures to give something back. Please give generously and help them to achieve their goal.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/spencer-wigley

They take a winding route, up hill and down dale (lots of them!), from the harbour in Ilfracombe on the North coast, taking in Barnstaple, Okehampton and skirting Dartmoor and Tavistock. All being well they will finally finish at the ferry terminal in Plymouth on Sunday.

Luke WigleyThey’re not professional cyclists by any means so it’s certain to be quite a challenge. Here he is, looking slightly glum though it has to be said, probably at the thought of all the hills ahead. We’re pretty sure he’ll be grinning from ear to ear afterwards!

The map of the route is sold commercially so we’re unable to reproduce it here but you can read more about it at the link below..

http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/devon-coast-to-coast

Finalists in the Family Business Awards 2016

Chapmans Electrical - Family Business Awards Finalists 2016It’s with great pride that we can officially announce that Chapmans Electrical are finalists in not just one, but two of the top categories in the Family Business Awards 2016!

The Family Business Awards is a non profit initiative. This is the seventh year they have been held. Thanks to the amazing generosity of sponsors, the awards raise a huge amount of money for charity whilst recognising the many achievements of family business from right across the Midlands.

The official Family Business Awards Finalist documents arrived this week and we’re absolutely thrilled. Last year we won the award for Service Excellence, recognising our ongoing commitment to great customer service, and reached the finals in the Retail Excellence category.

This year we’re in two of the most prized and most competitive categories.

Best Small Family Business – sponsored by Bedrock Tax
Corporate Social Responsibility – sponsored by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

The selection process is quite involved, with initial entry, shortlisting and choosing finalists, then interviews with the judges and sometimes a site visit too. Wish us luck!

Make a note of November the 17th in your diary. It is the awards ceremony and dinner, when we join the other finalists at a glittering, glamorous night where we find out who won!

The award for Best Small Family Business looks in depth at the structure and nature of the business itself. It takes into account how family values and family members have guided the development of the business, the board and ownership structure and how decisions are made. Other important factors include personal development, innovation, overcoming adversity and commitment to the community.

The Corporate Social Responsibility award recognises family businesses that are committed to making a difference through their activities. Those who’s values have a positive impact on their people, their community and the environment.

Chapmans has always played an active part in our local community. It’s something we truly believe in.  We’ve been a part of it for more than 90 years now, having been established as an electrical contractor by Ewart Chapman and family members back in 1925 – when industrial use of electricity was still in it’s infancy and domestic use quite rare. We’re proud of our Black Country heritage, sponsor local sports teams and social events and have many charitable interests. We’re active in relevant industry bodies too and members of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce. Our community is very important to us and as family and friends we overcome adversity together.

Coast to Coast Endurance Cycling Challenge for Mary Stevens Hospice

If you remember, back in April, super-fit Chapmans engineer Scott Moore and close friend Rikki Theodosi tackled the National Three Peaks Challenge in a heroic effort to raise money and awareness for Mary Stevens Hospice, based locally in Oldswinford, Stourbridge. Hiking and clambering their way to the peaks of Mount Snowdon, Scafell Pike and the awe inspiring Ben Nevis in memory of Scott’s late step father, Doug Jones. They raised a fantastic total for the charity, which relies on donations like these for over 80% of it’s funding.

Barely three months after their mountaineering challenge the intrepid duo are again testing the boundaries of stamina, only this time there are three of them..

Scott Moore with Rikki Theodosi and Andrew Baxter

From right to left: Scott Moore and Rikki Theodosi who you’ve seen before and the very brave Andrew Baxter

A handsome bunch, as we’re sure you’ll agree. The third of the trio who will join them for this challenge is another close friend, the very brave Andrew Baxter. If you’ve followed along with their adventures you’ll understand why we say brave. Their final ascent, of Ben Nevis, took an unexpected and really quite dangerous turn when they suddenly found themselves in snowy white out conditions, crawling up the mountain on hands and knees. Determined to reach the summit to achieve their funding goal they battled on and, purely by chance, met with a guided group of climbers who led them the rest of the way.

This time though, perhaps wisely, they will be leaving their crampons in the cupboard and taking to the streets with a mammoth Coast to Coast Bike Ride – topping an incredible 140 miles in just 3 Days!

Again they are asking for your donations, with all the money raised going to Mary Stevens Hospice so do please be generous. It is a very deserving charity and one we are very glad to lend our support to at Chapmans. In their own words..

Mary Stevens Hospice provides specialist holistic care free of charge for adults with life-limiting illnesses and their families in the Dudley Borough. More than 80% of the £2.5m annual costs are paid for by donations and funds raised by supporters from a compassionate, local community.

Initially announced just a few short weeks after the completion of their previous challenge and now fully planned, they are ready to go. We’re assured they are prepared for all weathers this time around.

On Sunday the 24th of July Scott, Rikki and Andrew will be departing from Whitehaven on the West coast. Over the next 3 days they hope to cover an astounding 140 miles to reach the East coast at Tynemouth, arriving on Tuesday the 26th.

Endurance coast to coast cycling challenge map

We will, of course, keep you updated of their progress once they’re underway so please dig deep for this great cause and epic challenge. You can make a donation online via the group’s JustGiving page. If you’d like to leave a donation for them while at Chapmans, just let somebody know.

We hope you will join us in supporting Scott, Rikki and Andrew in this extraordinary challenge which although coast to coast encompasses plenty of up and down along the way too!

Thankyou.

Fair Play Award Winner

Congratulations to all the lads at our sponsored Black CountryRoebuck F.C. - Fair Play Award Winner 2016 football team, Roebuck F.C, who were awarded with the Fair Play Award Winners trophy following a successful playing season.

Chapmans is an independent, family run business. Great customer service and a sense of fair play are building blocks upon which we were formed back in 1925 and remain at the core of everything we do to this day.

The business was established by Mr. Ewart Chapman as an electrical contractor, at a time when electricity was first beginning to be commonly used by businesses and even by some in the home.

The building has modernised over the years, as has the technology and services on offer. Our commitment to quality, providing a high level of customer service and being a positive force in our local community has traversed through the years and remains as strong today as it was then.

So well done boys. We’re very proud of your achievements and hope you will be too.

Roebuck F.C. Team Photo

 

 

 

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.

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.

Chapmans Engineer Scott Moore – Raising Money for Mary Stevens Hospice

Scott Moore - 3 Peaks Challenge raising money for Mary Stevens Hospice.

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It’s time to dig deep folks. We’re asking for donations in support of The Mary Stevens Hospice – Please read on..

Chapmans engineer, Scott Moore and friend Rikki Theodosi will be taking part in the daunting Three Peaks Challenge in April, where he will be scaling the 3 tallest mountains in the UK.

You can find Scott’s justgiving page here..

He’s bravely performing this mammoth task to raise money and awareness for Mary Stevens Hospice, in memory of his step father who sadly passed away following a battle with a brain tumour a few years ago. As if that wasn’t enough, he will be carrying a Chapmans flag with him as he goes and taking a photo with it at the top of each peak!

This is a very worthy cause and a truly enormous challenge, so please do give generously. Chapmans are, as ever, very proud to be sponsoring Scott and Mary Stevens Hospice and we hope that you will be able to give your support too.

Thankyou.