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Supporting Our Community

Chameleon has always been keen to support the community through fund-raising and community support. Here are a few of our latest endeavours:

Chameleon MD puts his energy into Leeds to Paris ride for Brain Tumour Research

Chameleon Technology’s Managing Director Mike Woodhall completed a very personal challenge – to ride 700km from Leeds to Paris to raise money for Brain Tumour Research and support Across Yorkshire (BTRs).

Mike undertook the marathon ride over 5 days in May alongside a team of Yorkshire riders. Each rider chose a charity to support, and BTRS is a very personal choice for Mike. “Brain Tumour Research & Support has a personal and poignant significance for me and my family. We lost my Dad to a rare primary brain tumour when he was just 59. Like many other families, we live with the loss every day, but with the support of family, friends, colleagues and our community, we might just prevent others from having to face the same tragedy,” said Mike.

Mike cycled the 700 km from Leeds to Paris in May 2015. Mike has  raised over £4000 for BTRS in 2015. The BTRS vision is clear and simple – to cure a devastating disease which affects so many people and provide the best patient and family support network possible.

The facts about brain tumours make alarming reading:

    • Survival rates are no better than they were 40 years ago, yet research into the cause(s) of brain tumours and potential methods of treatment remain under-funded.
    • Brain Tumours are the most common cause of death in children.
    • The cure rate is lower than most other types of cancer.
    • There are over 120 different types of brain tumour and they currently can’t be prevented as their cause is not known.

You can find out much more about the affects of Brain Tumours and the fantastic work being undertaken by BTRS at www.btrs.org.uk. To support Mike and BTRS, please give as generously as you can here. Thank you. www.justgiving.com/mikeWoodhall

Local college student explores designs for the future with Chameleon

Chameleon has always invested heavily in research, development and engineering and believes developing skills in these areas in young people is essential for the future growth of the technology sector and the UK economy. Chameleon recently supported a work experience program for a local sixth form student, giving him the opportunity to understand the product development life cycle from inception to final testing.

Tom, from Ashville College, Harrogate, spent a week with Chameleon’s design and engineering team, undertaking an intensive program of design, development and testing challenges. Tom was challenged to invent a product to fit our customers’ needs, exploring the design process from end to end and developing new skills in physical and mechanical design. Tom was also engaged in product testing, understanding how vital this stage in the manufacturing process is.

Chameleon’s Principal Designer, Gavin Brown commented “Tom demonstrated quite clearly that he has a natural flair for design and enjoyed the early invention stages of the design process.”

To discuss an opportunity for work experience with Chameleon’s design, technology and engineering team, send your details to info@chameleontechnology.co.uk

Chameleon’s Marketing Manager speaks out for Action Medical Research

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Jennifer Woodhall, Chameleon’s Marketing Communications Manager, has recently become a Volunteer Speaker Ambassador for Action Medical Research, the leading UK-wide medical research charity for babies and children. Action Medical Research has supported some of the most significant medical breakthroughs in recent history that have helped save and change children’s lives.

Today in the UK, there are hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled children who need help. Action finds and funds the best research to help these children. Action has more than £11m currently invested in the work of more than 230 top researchers, working on over 75 projects across the UK. Action is Paddington Bear’s favourite charity and he has been the charity’s mascot since 1976.

Jennifer speaks in the local Harrogate area about Action’s goals, successes, current research projects and how to get involved with or support the charity. Jennifer visits community groups, clubs and events including Rotary, sport, school and parent groups and corporate away days or events.

“I’m thrilled to be supporting Action Medical Research in this small way, “said Jennifer. “The charity helps or saves the lives of thousands of children every year and I was keen to help spread the message of their success, events and how to support them. As a Communications Manager, I appreciate that the message about Action’s work is more complicated than that of charities fundraising for a specific condition or issue. It’s harder for people to connect with a charity that supports a wide range of conditions, and it takes longer to communicate. I feel that by presenting to groups for 5, 10 or 20 minutes I can help to get their important message to a wider audience.”

If you would like Jennifer to speak at your corporate or community event, please contact her directly at jennifer.woodhall@chameleontechnology.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @actionmedresjen.

To learn more about Action’s research projects and how you can help visit www.action.org.uk.

Chameleon’s own “Tour de Yorkshire” raises over £1600 for Yorkshire Cancer Research

The team at Chameleon Technology successfully cycled the first stage of the Tour de France route from Leeds through the Yorkshire Dales to Harrogate, raising over £1600 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Two days of beautiful sunshine saw the team of 8 riders conquer the 191km and 3 category climbs. The tour cycled from Harewood through Otley, Ilkley, Skipton, Kettlewell, Hawes, Reeth, Leyburn, Masham, Ripon and Harrogate, passing some of the most picturesque countryside and villages in Yorkshire.

Speaking on behalf of the team, Managing Director Mike Woodhall said “I’m thrilled we were able to complete this tremendous challenge as a team and that we have raised over £1600 for Yorkshire Cancer Research. To be cycling through such beautiful countryside was a privilege. We also paused to remind ourselves of the alarming statistics that Yorkshire has below average survival rates for all of the most common cancers. We hope our efforts and the generous donations from our supporters and sponsors can contribute to changing this situation and the work of this very worthy charity.”

To support Chameleon Technology’s fundraising efforts, please visit www.justgiving.com/chameleontechnology and please give whatever you can. Thank you.