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Staff of much loved Warwick boss beat the Wolf Run for research into pancreatic cancer

17 April 2015

Almost the entire workforce of the Warwick-based automotive consultancy, Vocis, took part in the notorious Wolf Run on 11 April to raise over £10k for research into the cancer their boss, Mike Everitt, is facing.

Mike, 54, is a long standing and much respected member of the UK automotive engineering community. He  worked his way up from an apprenticeship at Jaguar in the 1970s to helping design the transmission and control system in the £1 million Bugatti Veyron, the fastest road car in the world, before co-founding Vocis, which now works with many of the leading car manufacturers in the world.

“Team V” included twenty of Mike’s Vocis colleagues – from the apprentice through to senior management - plus friends, family and even representatives from clients and associate companies.  

Mike Everitt (centre) with Team V

The 33-strong team all completed the gruelling 10km off road event, held near Leamington Spa, which included man-made and natural obstacles forcing brave participants to run, climb, jump, wade, swim and crawl towards the finish line.

Vocis colleagues Tracie Dunn, Sara Burt and Craig Wilkinson were instrumental in rounding up and organising Team V. Craig explained: “When Mike told us about his diagnosis it hit us all hard. Vocis really is like a big family and we all wanted to do something to help. This wasn't staff fundraising for their boss out of duty, this was a group of people fundraising for a friend they care about and respect enormously.”

Mike was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October last year and told that his tumour was inoperable. However, despite a course of chemotherapy, and undergoing a tough regime of radiotherapy, he was determined to watch his colleagues in action.  

Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, Mr Everitt, 54, said: “It was a windy and cold day and everyone came back very wet and muddy and suitably taxed. It was a fantastic event and we even went above our target of raising £10,000. It was an amazing thing from my point of view, watching these people who had taken time to get freezing cold and be covered in stinking mud. It was quite humbling really.” 

Muddy rivers hold no fear for Team V

Maggie Blanks, PCRF CEO said: “It’s wonderful to hear how friends, colleagues and associates united to support Mike – it speaks volumes about him and the ethos of the whole company.”

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