Bradford Company Bosses Raise A Massive £60K For Charity After Year Of Tough Challenges

Bosses at Bradford-based contracting, manufacturing and shopfitting company PEC have raised a massive £60,831.60 for the city’s cardiac unit after a year-long series of fundraising stunts which involved planes, sharks and mountains.

Over the past year, PEC managing director Sohan Panesar has led his colleagues in a daring campaign which was originally aimed at securing £40,000 for the Bradford Royal Infirmary’s cardiac unit – but the final total has surpassed all the company’s expectations.

Sohan said: “We hope that this tremendous amount which we have raised over the past year will make a real difference to the cardiac unit which will be a life-saver for many Bradford families.

”I’d also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part events during our year-long charity campaign or who dug deep for this fantastic cause.

“Sadly my grandfather spent many years suffering from a weak heart, and passed away on Father’s Day three years ago. He was a very special individual who I always looked up to and was a great mentor for me. This charity push has had a significant personal meaning for me as it has been done in memory of someone who was an inspiration to those who were touched by him.”

The year-long stunts kicked off with tandem skydiving last July when Sohan and Phil Weatherill, of David Weatherill Architects, wereharnessed to the front of fully qualified parachuting instructors before jumping out of a plane at 15,000ft. The duo experienced one whole adrenaline-fuelled minute of free fall reaching terminal velocity at 120mph.

Just a week later, Sohan was joined by fellow PEC director, Suki Panesar, for a chilling underwater experience at the Blue Planet Aquarium. The pair came face to face with 12ft Sand Tiger Sharks in what was “an awesome close up experience”.

Last September, PEC organised an assault on the Yorkshire Three Peaks, with walkers from the company, its clients and suppliers. Then on February 15, PEC hosted a Valentine Ball at Aagrah Midpoint which drew the campaign to a celebratory close.

Speaking at the cheque presentation, consultant cardiologist and clinical lead for cardiology, Dr Steven Lindsay said: “Everyone who works at the cardiac unit at Bradford Teaching Hospitals is absolutely delighted that PEC has raised this amazing amount with their fundraising efforts.

“Today is a very exciting day for staff as this cheque from PEC will help see us further enhance aspects of our services to patients. The money will enable the purchase of additional sophisticated imaging equipment for the Bradford Royal Infirmary’s new £2.3m catheter lab.”