Search

Employees from one Suffolk company spend their lunch breaks walking to remember the fallen

PUBLISHED: 16:58 05 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:31 05 October 2018

Antistat employees supporting the Royal Legion

Antistat employees supporting the Royal Legion

Archant

While 100 years ago, troops were prepared to march great distances in Europe to defend Britain against the Germans, in Bury St Edmunds, staff have been walking 100 miles during their lunchbreaks in their memory.

The Gloucestershire Regiment marching through Piave on the way to the front at Asiago.The Gloucestershire Regiment marching through Piave on the way to the front at Asiago.

A team from the technology supplies company Antistat made the pledge to walk the 100 miles throughout October to raise awareness for the British Legions’ #ThankYou100 Campaign.

The company’s head of marketing, Matthew Grant, said the campaign resonated with the struggle of the troops of the Royal Engineers tunnelling companies, who were specialist units of the Corps of Engineers, that were formed to dig attacking tunnels under enemy lines. British troops faced constant and extreme danger from tunneling under enemy territory from electric conductivity from high explosives.

Mr Grant made the walk in memory of his great Grandfather, Matthew Relihan, fought with the Gloucestershire Regiment who served in France, Flanders, Italy, Gallipoli, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia and Salonika. The regiment lost a total of 8,100 men killed and winning 72 different battle honours including four awards of the Victoria Cross.

Antistat claims that the campaign has galvanised a great deal of support from their staff, who like most UK workers, default to doing very little activity at lunchtimes.

Managing director John Hensley said “Not everyone can fit exercise in before or after work, and walking at lunch should be something we all do, from the boardroom down.

“As a progressive employer, we’re encouraging our workers to step away from their desks at lunchtime. The desk will still be there when they get back from lunch.”

Antistat, which specialises in electrostatic discharge protection products, is also keen to promote a healthy, balanced diet and move away from the traditional ‘bottom drawer of crisps & chocolate’ that most employers provide to staff - and promote to a more balanced office snack options with free fresh fruit for their employees as an alternative.

Antistat has been supplying the defence sectors and armed forces, electronics, medical, aerospace & automotive sectors since it formed more than 30 years ago.

The Royal Legion’s ‘Thank You’ campaign aims to honour not only the 1.1-million British and Commonwealth Armed Forces who lost their lives in the First World War, but also those who played their part on the home front, and those who returned to build a better life for the benefit of generations to come.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bury Mercury visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bury Mercury staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bury Mercury account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other popular content

35 minutes ago

More than 1,000 people are thought to have visited the 10th annual sci-fi exhibition in Bury St Edmunds over its opening weekend.

16:17

One person has been arrested after a man was stabbed on Cemetery Road in Ipswich.

16:00

A primary school in Hadleigh has seen its Ofsted rating soar from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ following a recent inspection.

Local weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 6°C

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Bury Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24