Courageous Hunstanton man gave up Christmas morning and ‘dived in’ for charity

While families were enjoying their Christmas morning, Hunstanton man Raymond Harris gave up his and went for a sponsored swim in the North Sea to raise money for CHIPS – a charity set up on behalf of the gaming industry, which aims to provide specialised powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems. 

His courageous attitude saw him raise £550 and earn the title ‘Employee of the Month – December 2016’ at Praesepe Group, a national leisure services group that employs 1,600 people throughout the UK.

Raymond is the venue manager at The Fabulous Showboat in Hunstanton and has worked within the company for 32 years.

Operations manager Steve Ambrose, who nominated Raymond, said: “Raymond thoroughly deserves this award. We encourage all our employees to contribute to charity, but only a few would have the bravery to go for a swim in the sea during winter – especially on Christmas morning!”

“He is an excellent manager and, more importantly, a fantastic person who is an example to all of his colleagues.”

Raymond was joined by colleagues at the surprise ceremony, where Praesepe Group’s CEO, Nick Harding, presented him with £250 of high street vouchers, a special Employee of the Month badge and certificate to mark his award.

Nick Harding commented: “Raymond’s bravery is a real asset to the company and he sets the example, always exceeding expectations. His efforts are to be commended.”

Parent company Praesepe has donated over £500,000 allowing CHIPS to provide more than 450 powered wheelchairs up and down the country.

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