Axion running team smashes charity target in memory of Simon

Axion staff took part in the annual Great Manchester Run and raised well over £3,000 for charity in memory of our late colleague Simon Wilkinson who passed away from cancer last summer.

Axion’s fund-raising team effort completely smashed an original target of more than £1,500 in aid of The Christie Hospital where Simon received treatment.

Twenty five employees from across Axion’s three sites competed in the 10k event – the largest of its type in Europe – at the end of May.

Sam Haig, Axion’s Head of Engineering & Research, who worked with Simon, a Principal Engineer, commented: “All of the team members from Axion felt very privileged to take part in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday 28th. The tragic events of the previous Monday made it a very emotional day, but there was a hugely positive attitude throughout the city and along the course, with thousands turning out to support the runners.”

Sam continued: “Simon was a very popular, professional and respected colleague. Axion is proud to have been able to help raise £3,416 for The Christie, in his memory. Special mention must go to Simon’s children David and Amy, who took part in the race alongside the Axion team, and his son Jack, who sped round the Junior race to finish in second place.”

He added: “The weather held up nicely, and the sun came out just in time for the team to enjoy a refreshing drink together afterwards!”

Anyone wishing to donate can do so at the Virgin Money Giving page.