Vision held a unique beauty pageant raising over £1,300 for The Regional Children’s Cancer Unit at Southampton General Hospital, where the son of employee Harvey Sandercock is being treated for leukaemia.
Vision is part of Markerstudy Group which annually celebrates its achievements on ‘Markerstudy Day’. The ‘Miss Vision’ event formed part of the activities, which raised more than £10,000 for several charities.
Six brave men from the company, including Harvey, were transformed into ‘ladies’ for the day by female colleagues and sponsored to compete for the title of ‘Miss Vision 2013’. Each participant was assigned a make-up artist and costume designer, who were given a small budget and just an hour to accessorise their ‘lady’, which included waxing off any Movember moustaches.
Employees in the rest of the group, which number around 2,000, were emailed updates throughout the day and when the ‘makeovers’ were complete, were asked to donate £2 to vote for their favourite. Chris Barwellwas crowned the winner and Vision donated an extra 50% of the total sponsorship raised by him, taking the grand total to £1,314.
Martin Wills, Managing Director of Vision, who also took part in the Miss Vision competition, said: “It’s fantastic we’ve been able to raise such a good sum for such a worthy cause. Harvey has been so impressed with the care and support provided by the staff at the hospital, we saw it as an ideal opportunity to give something back, and have some fun at the same time. We’re proud to be part of the group and in true Markerstudy style, everyone threw themselves into the day – we definitely put the ‘fun’ into fundraising!”