War Veteran and Champion Para-cyclist Joins The Wigley Group as Ambassador

A former Paratrooper who overcame life-changing injuries on the frontline to become a champion para-cyclist is putting his force behind a Coventry company’s fundraising for comrades in need.

Jaco van Gass was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade on his 23rd birthday whilst serving with the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan in 2009, which resulted in multiple injuries including the loss of his left arm at the elbow.

He has since overcome physical and mental adversity to take on countless challenges from becoming a first-class downhill skier and marathon runner, to representing Team GB in para-cycling and trekking with other wounded soldiers and Prince Harry to the North Pole.

The keen adventurer has now been made ambassador of The Wigley Group and his main focus will be on the Wigley Support Fund, the company’s initiative with official Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras to re-train injured, serving and veteran soldiers.

The company has raised close to £100,000 for Support Our Paras from its annual golf day over the last six years and in 2017, launched the Wigley Support Fund to specifically direct its aid towards helping soldiers in need make the transition from military to civilian life.

Jaco said: “My association with The Wigley Group goes back a few years. They have been extremely generous and kind to the Parachute Regiment charity, and supported me with a bike frame which helped a great deal.

“I am excited to become the company’s ambassador and to be involved with the Wigley Support Fund. It has supported many individuals and I hope that with my help, we can reach out to many more as there is a significant need.”

Robert Wigley, chairman of The Wigley Group, said: “We are delighted to have Jaco on board as our first brand ambassador and to build our relationship with him, particularly with our plans to take the Wigley Support Fund further forward.

“Jaco represents a lot of what we want to achieve through the Fund. He has taken himself from a very low point in life to the person and athlete that he is now, and that encapsulates everything we would like to do for a lot more wounded, injured and ex-military personnel.”

The Wigley Group is supporting Jaco, a multiple national champion cyclist and triple gold medallist at the Invictus Games, with his next challenge, which has been described as the ‘Tour de France of mountain biking’.

He will be raising money for The Wigley Support Fund when he takes on next year’s Cape Epic, the annual mountain bike stage race in South Africa which covers more than 435 miles over eight days, with fellow wounded veteran and amputee Stuart Croxford.

Training is underway and Jaco recently cycled Ilmington Hill, the highest point in Warwickshire which will be part of the fourth stage of the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain coming through the county on Wednesday, September 5.

He will be cycling the Bristol stage the day before as part of a team riding the entire route one day ahead of the professional racers, which will include Tour de France champions Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome.

South African-born Jaco, who won bronze at the Para Cycling Track World Championships in Rio this year, said: “I have had this obsession with Cape Epic for a number of years and the challenge it represents because I am a road and track cyclist.

“No disabled team in terms of both riders having a disability has ever completed Cape Epic.  It is the hardest multi-stage mountain bike open race and we are hoping to make history.”

Jaco van Gass on Ilmington Hill with Robert Wigley, chairman of The Wigley Group.

Golf Day Holes £17,000 for Wigley Support Fund

A world-class field of sporting stars teamed up with a Coventry company to help raise £17,000 for its fund to equip soldiers in need with skills for a new start.

Boxing legend Frank Bruno MBE, world snooker champion Mark Williams MBE and world darts champion Rob Cross were among the star-studded line-up at The Wigley Group’s annual golf day.

They were joined at The Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner held at De Vere Staverton Estate, near Daventry, by more than 200 business professionals from across the region.

The money raised will go to The Wigley Support Fund, the company’s initiative to help retrain injured, serving and veteran soldiers, identified by the Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras, to make the transition from military to civilian life.

The commercial property and construction company, based at Middlemarch Business Park, has now raised close to £100,000 for Support Our Paras from six years of the event.

Robert Wigley, chairman of The Wigley Group, said: “We are hugely grateful to everyone who supported our golf day this year which included a magnificent seven current and former world champions from boxing, darts and snooker.

“The money raised will help those in need make what can be a difficult transition from military to civilian life for a variety of reasons, one of which can be mental health which is a recognised issue within the armed forces and the construction industry.

“It was particularly moving to hear our special guest Frank Bruno speak about his own battles with mental health and his support in helping others, and we have recently funded a new opportunity for soldiers to take the first step towards becoming a boxing coach.”

The event was hosted by TV sports announcer and former Paratrooper John McDonald, who compered the gala dinner featuring a Q&A with Frank Bruno and an auction of sports memorabilia.

The day got off to a flying start with the Parachute Regiment display team the Red Devils making a spectacular landing on the course with The Wigley Group’s giant flag and tournament golf balls, cheered on by children from the nearby Staverton CE Primary School.

Darts legends Steve Beaton and Justin Pipe, sports promoter Barry Hearn and Mark Williams were among the celebrities to compete in the golf tournament, alongside business figures and Lance Corporal Gavin Prue, who was the first beneficiary of The Wigley Support Fund.

Robert added: “It was also great to hear first-hand from Gavin about how within a year of receiving help to study an access course at Henley College in Coventry, he has gone from having no GCSEs to securing a place at university to study for a degree leading to a career in cyber security.”

The Wigley Group Exceeds Fundraising Target For Warwickshire And Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

Colleagues at The Wigley Group took on the challenge of the Wolf Run to raise money for their local Air Ambulance in Warwickshire and Northamptonshire.

The team had hoped to raise £1,000 for the company’s chosen charity by completing the Wolf Run but managed to beat their target by collecting £1,589 in sponsorship.

Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance receive no government funding and rely solely on donations to continue to save lives.

The Air Ambulance attend around 1,000 missions a year, each costing around £1,700, and provide the best possible pre-hospital care and rapid transport to specialist hospitals for those suffering with serious injury and illness.

Claire Lynch, head of compliance at the commercial property and construction company based at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry, said: “We are really happy to have raised the amount we did and can’t thank people enough for their contribution to the total.

“The Air Ambulance is an extremely important charity that relies on the public’s support as their rapid response time to extreme injuries can be the difference between life and death.

“The Wolf Run was tough, but we pulled together as a team to help each other over the obstacles and through the thick mud, reaching the finish line in good time.

“We’re really pleased with the excellent team effort and encouragement that was seen throughout the course, with everyone contributing to helping out and keeping the group morale up, especially when colleagues were put out of their comfort zones.

“We’re also extremely thankful to Darren Chester and Lee Tiff from local company Amazing Electricians for filling in after our team had some last-minute injuries. Amazing Electricians also helped to contribute to the funds raised.”

Managing director James Davies, director of operations James Ellerington, site manager Pete Burnell, estates manager Louis Smith, estates assistant Rebeka Linture, group portfolio facilities manager Alan Greenway, buildings maintenance Jonathan Wigley, head of compliance Claire Lynch, health and safety assistant Olivia Frogley, accounts support Becky Peckham and administration, marketing and events assistant Lianne Moir made up The Wigley Group team.

Jo Payne, national partnerships manager at the Air Ambulance, said: “We were thrilled to have the support of The Wigley Group and would like to say a big thank you to them for entering such a big team and running for us.

“As we are entirely funded by donations, this kind of corporate support is essential, and we’d love to encourage more companies to get involved with us for events and partnerships.”

For more information on how you can get involved and donate, visit https://theairambulanceservice.org.uk/.

The Wigley Group’s Lianne Moir, left, and Claire Lynch, right, are pictured handing over the cheque to, from left to right, Gavin Alexander, Captain Joe Moore and Dr Andy Wood.

The Wigley Group Doubles Fundraising Target For Tiny Tim’s

Colleagues at The Wigley Group more than stepped up to the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge by doubling their fundraising target for Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre in Coventry.

The team had hoped to raise £1,000 for the company’s chosen local charity of the year by taking on Yorkshire’s highest peaks in under 12 hours, but managed to collect £2,012 in sponsorship.

Tiny Tim’s provides free complementary treatment to children and young people with disabilities, health problems and special needs, and the money raised will go towards therapy sessions.

James Ellerington, head of asset management at the commercial property company based at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry, said: “We didn’t expect to raise so much but everyone from friends and family to colleagues and contacts dug really deep as Tiny Tim’s is such a good cause.

“Each therapy session costs £25 and so this money will hopefully go a long way to supporting youngsters in need of the treatment.

“The challenge was more difficult than any of us had anticipated and everyone in the team pulled together to make sure we completed it. It was a great experience and we’re all thrilled and thankful for the amount raised.”

Health and safety manager Claire Lynch, estates manager Louis Smith, facilities operative Lee Hopkins, accounts apprentice Alexis Considine, facilities manager Alan Greenway, director James Davies and James Ellerington made up the team.

Sarah Hemings, centre manager at Tiny Tim’s, said: “It was an amazing effort by The Wigley Group and we really appreciate their efforts to raise such a fantastic amount.

“The treatment we provide in physiotherapy, massage therapy, Bowen therapy, reflexology and occupational therapy can make a huge difference to the children and their families.

“As a small charity, we rely heavily on donations to provide the treatment. Last year we did 4,000 therapy sessions and the money raised by The Wigley Group will pay for 80 more.”

Pictured, from left to right, on The Wigley Group vehicle are Alan Greenway, Louis Smith, Claire Lynch and Alexis Considine, and at the front, Graham Hayden (massage therapist at Tiny Tim’s), James Ellerington (The Wigley Group), and Sarah Hemings (centre manager at Tiny Tim’s).

 

 

The 5th Wigley Group Golf Day Raises £17,000 For New Charity Initiative WSF

Sporting celebrities and business professionals clubbed together at an annual golf day held by a Coventry company to raise £17,000 for a new fund to equip soldiers with new skills for a new start.

The Wigley Support Fund has been launched by The Wigley Group to help retrain soldiers identified by the official Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras.

The commercial property company based in Coventry has now raised over £80,000 from The Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner over the last five years for Support Our Paras, which supports the welfare of serving and injured soldiers and their families.

For the first time, money raised from this year’s event held at Staverton Park De Vere, near Daventry, will go directly to The Wigley Support Fund to specifically help soldiers towards the cost of training for a new career.

Around 200 business professionals attended with special guest Kevin Keegan OBE, former England football player and manager, and other sporting figures including darts legends Steve Beaton, Mervyn King and Colin Lloyd.

The Parachute Regiment display team the Red Devils was due to get the day underway by landing on the course with the tournament golf balls, but had to cancel at the last-minute due to low cloud.

Children from the local Staverton CE Primary School who had been invited to watch the freefall display instead enjoyed a special fly-by and the chance to meet members of the Red Devils and Kevin Keegan.

Kevin said: “It was a great day raising money for The Wigley Support Fund which is a fantastic cause.  I have always had strong ties with the armed forces and so this is something that I support wholeheartedly. I was delighted to be part of the day.”

Former Paratrooper and TV sports announcer John McDonald hosted the event which was also attended by the first beneficiary of The Wigley Support Fund, Lance Corporal Gavin Prue, who is being helped with the cost of studying towards a career in cyber security.

Sports memorabilia including a football shirt signed by former Brazilian footballer Pelé and a boxing glove autographed by heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua were auctioned for The Wigley Support Fund during the gala dinner.

Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “This is the fifth year of our annual golf day and the first time that the money raised from it will go to The Wigley Support Fund which we have set-up to help retrain soldiers identified by Support Our Paras.

“The money raised will help many serving and injured soldiers take their first all-important step onto a new career ladder.  We couldn’t have hoped for a better start and are hugely grateful for the support and generosity of everyone who attended.

“We were delighted to have Kevin Keegan as our special guest and to welcome Bentley Birmingham and the European Golf Challenge as new event supporters.”

Pictured ready to tee-off The Wigley Group Golf Open with at the front, from left to right, LCpl Luke Hirst (Red Devils), Pte Cameron Clark (Red Devils), host John McDonald, James Davies (director, The Wigley Group), Kevin Keegan OBE, Robert Wigley (managing director, The Wigley Group), LCpl Gavin Prue (first beneficiary of The Wigley Support Fund), Capt Joseph Palmer (Red Devils).

The Wigley Group Are Doing The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge to Raise Money For Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre!

Every year, staff at The Wigley Group raise funds and promote awareness for a local charity. This year we are supporting Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre who provide care for children. A group of us are attempting the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge which involves a 24 mile walk in under 12 hours.

 

We visited the centre this month to see the incredible work Tiny Tim’s do. Please look at the Charity Information on the website to see for yourself.

 

Please donate through out Virgin Money Giving page, we would be grateful for any sponsorship received.

 

Thank you, from The Wigley Group Team.

The Wigley Group Golf Day and Gala Dinner 2017

We are delighted to announce that our 5th Annual golf day and gala dinner will be held on Wednesday 19th July!

Come and join us in raising money for our new Wigley Support Fund initiative, working with Support Our Paras to retrain soldiers after they leave the armed services – RSVP gemma@thewigleygroup.com.

We’re Backing The Bid!

The Wigley Group is proud to be backing Coventry’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021.

We have recently become 2021 Club members – which means we are contributing to the city’s effort to become UK City of Culture, a title currently held by Hull, alongside many other businesses and organisations in the area.

As well as our 2021 Club membership, we also launched a photographic competition where we have offered up-and-coming photographers the opportunity to use our equipment to help capture the city from a different angle.

Becoming UK City of Culture in 2021 would bring huge benefits to Coventry – and the surrounding region – not only culturally, but socially and economically too.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport set a deadline of February 28 for cities to put themselves forward and now that deadline has passed, it has revealed that Hereford, Paisley, Perth, Portsmouth, St Davids, Stoke, Sunderland, Swansea, Warrington and Wells will be moving forward with a bid – alongside Coventry.

An initial bid must be submitted by April 28 before shortlisting takes place in May/June of this year. Full and final submissions will be required from shortlisted cities by September 29.

The final decision on who is UK City of Culture 2021 will be announced in December.

The bid team need all of the support it can get on social media so make sure you are following @coventry2021 on Twitter and Instagram, as well as like its page on Facebook.

The Wigley Group’s Golf Day Raises Over £20,000 for Support Our Paras

Our charity golf day which featured a host of sporting stars and a parachute display from the Red Devils raised more than £20,000 – a record in the event’s history.

More than 150 guests from the region’s business community attended The Wigley Group’s annual Golf Open and Gala Dinner in aid of Support Our Paras, the official Parachute Regiment charity which supports the welfare of injured soldiers and their families.

The event at Staverton Park De Vere – now in its fourth year – was attended by stars from the world of sport including promotor Barry Hearn, darts professionals Colin Lloyd, Mervyn King and Tony O’Shea and boxing champions Micky Cantwell and Spencer Oliver.

The British Army’s Parachute Regiment display team the Red Devils got the day underway in spectacular style landing on the course with the tournament golf balls.

John McDonald, former Paratrooper and TV sports announcer, hosted the event and guests also heard from injured members of the Parachute Regiment who shared their stories about how the Support Our Paras charity had helped them.

The theme of the event was a tribute to Coventry-born darts legend Steve Beaton, who is sponsored by The Wigley Group, to mark the 20 years since his world championship victory.

Sports memorabilia including football shirts signed by former Brazilian football player Pelé and a boxing glove autographed by the late Mohammed Ali went under the auctioneers hammer.

Prizes were also awarded to the winning golf team and for nearest the pin and longest drive.

Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, a commercial property, risk and facilities management company based in Coventry, said: “This event has gone from strength-to-strength since we started four years ago and it was great to see so many famous faces showing their support for a fantastic charity.

“Seeing the Red Devils parachute onto the course and then hearing their stories brought home to us all how brave the members of the Parachute Regiment are and why we are so committed to the Support Our Paras charity.

“This year we launched a new initiative which will see the funds we raise used specifically to retrain injured soldiers for careers in the property industry.

“Tailored training focused around three areas – construction, health and safety and facilities management – and will be offered to ex-soldiers identified by the Support Our Paras team.
“We are enormously grateful for the support and generosity of all those that attended and are delighted to be able to contribute a record figure to Support Our Paras which helps so many injured soldiers and their families overcome difficult challenges.”

The Wigley Group has now raised a total of £63,000 for the Support Our Paras charity over the past four years.

Legendary sport promoter Barry Hearn said: “The Wigley Group has always been very supportive of Support Our Paras and I think we should all get behind these boys – it’s a pleasure to be part of such a great day.

“These kids are representing us all around the world and the least we can do is show our support for them back home.

“The Red Devils display at the start of the day was a class act and it was the first time I’ve ever been that close to parachutes landing. They were so professional and came in at great speed – it didn’t make me want to go and do it but I was super impressed!”

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The Red Devils parachute display team got the event off to a spectacular start

 

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Members of the Parachute regiment with golfers and the Support Our Paras racing car at The Wigley Open & Gala Dinner

 

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The event was themed as a tribute to dart professional Steve Beaton to mark 20 years since he became world champion

Golf Day Invite 2016

The Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner 2016 is fast approaching and we are delighted to invite you to the 4th edition of this fantastic event!

This year’s event takes place on the 14th of July,  at Staverton Park De Vere, Staverton, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 6JT

Please feel free to download the invite which is in PDF format, and should you wish to book the event please contact Krishma at krishma@thewigleygroup.com.

Download the PDF here

Coventry Property firm raises £16,000 for Support Our Paras charity- Golf Open and Gala Dinner 2015

Business professionals from across the region swung into action to raise more than £16,000 during a celebrity charity golf day in Daventry.

Over 150 guests attended Staverton Park De Vere for The Wigley Group’s annual golf open and gala dinner in aid of Support Our Paras, the official Parachute Regiment charity which supports the welfare of injured soldiers and their families.

The event was attended by major sports stars including multi world boxing champion Ricky Hatton MBE, who delivered a special address, as well as snooker world champion Stuart Bingham and sports promotor Barry Hearn.

Other VIPs included Jake Wood, also known as Max Branning from EastEnders, boxing stars Micky Cantwell and Spencer Oliver and darts players Wayne Mardle, Steve Beaton and Colin Lloyd.

John McDonald, former Paratrooper and TV sports announcer, hosted the event and guests also heard from injured members of the Parachute Regiment who shared their stories about how the Support Our Paras charity had helped them.

Sports memorabilia including football shirts signed by former Brazilian football player Pelé and former Argentine football player Diego Maradona were auctioned at the event.

Prizes were also awarded to the winning golf team and for nearest the pin and longest drive.

Event sponsors included Coventry equipment hire firm Clements Equipment Hire, Benross Golf and Core Physiatry which is based in Warwick.

Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group a property, risk and facilities management company based in Coventry, said: “It is the third time we have hosted the event and it has only grown from strength to strength.

“It was an action-packed day with 22 teams teeing off in the morning and then over 150 guests joining us for the evening gala dinner.

“Ricky Hatton was a fantastic guest speaker and entertained us all during a speech about his career and the challenges that followed.

“Guests also had the opportunity to take pictures with the multi-world boxing champion and current world snooker champion Stuart Bingham.

“Current and former members of the Parachute Regiment as well as the Support Our Paras racing team were also in attendance and interacted with guests throughout the event.

“We were overwhelmed by the support and generosity of all those that attended and are delighted to be able to hand over £16, 567 to Support Our Paras which has already helped so many injured paratroopers and their families overcome difficult challenges.”

The Wigley Group has now raised a total of £43,000 for the Support Our Paras charity over the last three years.