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Triathlon, completed!

31 July 2023


On Friday 28 July, we successfully completed our Team5T triathlon; CEO Nikki Marley swam 1,700 meters, care & operations manager Mike Theoff cycled over 50km, and chair Suzanne O’Brien ran 5km.

Whilst the weather held out for the most part, the team certainly didn’t let the drizzle dampen their spirits - Nikki even beat her personal best time and distance.

We have received a total of £2,658 in sponsorship, which brings the grand total to a staggering £3,188.25 with gift aid - that’s over 300% of our original goal. The proceeds raised will go towards the purchase of new sports equipment so we can run inclusive sports sessions for our students with learning disabilities.

“We all had a great time participating in the Team5T triathlon,” said Nikki. “I would like to thank everybody for supporting us, and to my fellow participants Suzanne and Mike for their hard work and enthusiasm.”

Mike said: “It was a thrill to be part of this event. I had a great time cycling my route, which was made even better when I was joined by our students for the last leg of the journey.

“Thanks to Wheel Potential in Toddler’s Cove, Canterbury, for letting us rent their accessible bikes.”

Suzanne said: “People with learning disabilities are far more likely to be inactive compared to non-disabled people. We want to be part of the change so are introducing accessible sports sessions to improve the health and wellbeing of our students.

“Thank you to everyone who supports this wonderful organisation.”

We would like to give a special shoutout to office administrator Alison Turner, social enterprise manager Peter Stratton, and communications manager Kallum McGuire Lewis for buddying up with Nikki, Mike, and Suzanne to help them through their sections of the triathlon.

Also, thank you to Frizbee LTD for their kind donation of our Team5T branded t-shirts.

You can still donate via our fundraising page here: https://justgiving.com/campaign/team5ttriathlon