The Holland & Barrett Charity Day for 2017 was the first one that I had personally attended however not the first for Director John Rowbury who had been on several other occasions to this event that hosts a choice of Golfing day, Relaxing spa or Adrenaline activity day followed by an evening Gala Dinner.

After leaving the house on a fairly over cast morning not long after 6am the journey began to Celtic Manor in South Wales.

Upon arriving at the spectacular hotel resort, which also to note, has hosted the 2010 Ryder Cup, we met as a group for our day time activities.

SPM had this year sponsored several H&B employees to join the day so it was nice that our team of 6 could complete the day together.


After some meet and greet coffee and bacon rolls we set off in the somewhat dreary weather to start our day activities. For the morning activities our team enjoyed Duck Herding with several sheep dogs and different kinds of ducks.

We also enjoyed motor buggy racing around a mud track, this was made all the more fun in the rain as we raced against each other slipping and sliding around corners.

Following a delicious BBQ lunch we then headed back and finished the afternoon with some segwaying and also blind-folded 4x4 driving before heading back to the hotel for a swift and well deserved drink at the bar.

At 6.30pm all attendees gathered in black ties and evening gowns for a champagne drinks reception where there was time for some networking and also a chance to take advantage of the free photo booth for a few fun snaps.

The dinner was held in a very grand room at the manor where we all found our seats and enjoyed a beautiful 3 course meal that included a delicious lamb main course and a few glasses of wine.

After dinner we saw some speeches and presentations before CEO Peter Aldis hosted the main auction where everyone bidded generously on some fantastic items including a Abu Dhabi Formula 1 trip and inspiring button artworks created by the sister of the children who relies on Rainbows hospice.

The day in total raised £325,000 for charities Rainbows and Healthy Hope. John and the rest of the team at SPM were delighted to have been able to be involved in such an opportunity to raise money and awareness for these worthy charities and look forward to being involved again in 2018.

Post By Emma George