Admiral Taverns, based in Chester, has some 850 pubs the length and breadth of the UK. They’re firm believers that pubs are the heartbeat of the local community and as a charity firmly rooted in local communities we know just what they mean.
“Meningitis Now is a charity close to our hearts” comments Gail Taylor, Commercial Executive at Admiral Taverns. “Earlier this year, Simon Eyles, our former Commercial Director here at Admiral, suddenly passed away on Wednesday 24 January from meningitis at the age of 50, after a brief illness."
“Simon’s contribution to the business was immeasurable. He will be greatly missed."
“He was one of the most professional, hardworking, talented and modest people I have ever had the pleasure to work with and cared passionately about our business and all of the people who he worked with."
Never be forgotten
“His loss will leave a significant void in all of our lives but his contribution to the success of Admiral Taverns will never be forgotten.”
In tribute to Simon, colleagues have already helped raise money and awareness through taking part in activities such as the Chester Half Marathon, which keen runner Simon had signed up to do, office bake sales and an office cycle.
And, on the weekend of 9-10 June, teams from the company took on the Heineken-sponsored Race to the Tower, a double marathon along the Cotswold Way, finishing at the foot of Broadway Tower in Worcestershire.
Gail Taylor was one of those taking part. She said, “We were all really nervous and couldn’t wait to get going on the challenge. We left with Simon very much in our hearts and in our darkest moments, thinking of him and feeling his presence helped to spur us on. There was an overwhelming team spirit and the encouragement we received from everyone helped to keep us going."
“We are all buzzing from it this week. We had ten people complete the double marathon, two who got to 40 miles and 13 people who made it to base camp, which was a full marathon."
“It was an emotional day and hot to walk in, but it was magic to see the sun set and then rise again. To walk as a team with head torches through the night will stay with me forever."
Magic atmosphere and true team spirit
“I was in the last four who made it through to the second finish line at Broadway Tower at 5am (on Sunday 10 June)".
“Our feet are blistered and aching and a lot of people are hobbling about today, but there is a magic atmosphere around the office and a true team spirit, which is indescribable.”
So far, Admiral have raised over £27,000 towards our lifesaving and life-changing work. These events will be followed by the annual Admiral Golf Day, with plans for other events to be finalised.
Over the year Admiral Taverns hopes to raise £40,000.
Corporate Account Executive at Meningitis Now, Harry Gardner, who looks after the charity’s valued corporate supporters, said, “What happened to Simon shows that meningitis is not just a disease of babies and young children but can affect people of all ages."
“We’re really grateful for Admiral’s support, which will be invaluable and help us to continue our work raising awareness of meningitis and supporting families and individuals who have been affected by this terrible disease."
“We look forward to working closely with them this year.”
Find out more about Admiral Taverns here.