Lord Combustion Services sponsors marathon school run effort for good cause

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Commercial heating and ventilation specialist Lord Combustion Services helped a school academy trust raise more than £20,000 to give basic comforts to every child in its group.

Oldbury-based Lord Combustion Services sponsored a run organised by Windsor Academy Trust to raise more than £20,000 for its foundation’s Bed and Breakfast campaign, which aims to ensure every child in its family of schools has their own bed to sleep in and breakfast each morning.

Wearing shirts emblazoned with the Lord logo, staff and students across the Windsor Academy Trust’s family of schools took part in a two-day running challenge, completing a distance equivalent to running two marathons in two days and a 5km fun run, to raise funds for the Windsor Academy Trust Community Foundation drive.

More than 70 members of the Windsor Academy Trust family ran between each of the trust’s 15 schools. Colleagues joined for different legs of the run, with some completing the full 54 mile route.

The runners began in Stoke on Trent, taking in Newcastle under Lyme, Cheslyn Hay, Great Wyrley, Walsall, Winson Green and Halesowen over the two days.

As the runners arrived at each school, they were met by celebratory crowds of supporters, who were participating in their own school-based events, including fun runs, colour runs, craft markets and street parties.

The runners completed the two-day run at Kingswinford Academy, joined by trust staff, students and families for a 5km family fun run and final celebration.

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Dawn Haywood, CEO of Windsor Academy Trust, commented: “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all those who made the event a resounding success, as well as thank our generous sponsors Lord Combustion Services, CHG and Sync, our donors and our supporters.

“Their unwavering support and commitment has ensured we are well on our journey to be able to deliver on our long-term goal of ensuring every child within our family of schools has a bed to sleep in and breakfast each day.”

Lord Combustion Services managing director Stuart Smith said: “As a community-based business, we recognise the incredible impact generated by the Windsor Academy Trust Community Foundation Bed and Breakfast drive.

“We were extremely pleased to support them and would like to congratulate everyone who took part in combining their efforts to raise such a tremendous amount.”

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Operating since 1982, Lord has a team of nearly 50 staff working with more than 1,000 customers.

Lord won the Outstanding Support for the Armed Forces prize at the 2023 Black Country Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for its work with service personnel having landed the 2021 sustainability trophy at the West Midlands Business Masters Awards.

In 2022, Lord signed the West Midlands Net Zero Pledge to be part of the region’s drive to “become a net zero carbon economy by 2041”.

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