A BURTON business leader has thrown down the gauntlet for people to come up with ‘inspiration tasks’ to help raise cash for charities.
Ian Page, chairman of Burton Business Club, issued the plea at the group’s latest meeting and is now hoping to see a raft of ideas starting to be suggested.
Mr Page, who is the managing director of computer repair business PC Problem, told the Mail: “It is going to be a year of challenges for Burton Business Club and none more so for me after I threw down the gauntlet at its first meeting of the year.
“I want people to come up with inspirational tasks he can carry out throughout the year that will not only help raise the profile of the business club and the work of its members but also help the club’s nominated charities.
“Early ideas could mean members will see a lot less of me at future meetings - one suggestion was to row the equivalent length of the River Trent on a fitness rowing machine, while another challenge was to compete in a series of 10k runs.”
He revealed that he has already started his new running regime for the year.
There is also little chance of him resting on his laurels as Gillian Cox, appeals co-ordinator at Burton and District YMCA, who has also challenged Ian to spend one night sleeping rough on November 18.
Mrs Cox said: “The sleeping rough challenge raises vital funds for the YMCA’s work. “We are seeing an increasing demand for our services and supplied emergency food parcels to 30 people before Christmas.”
Mr Page replaced Lorraine Holden, business development manager at Burton printing company Reflex, as chairman last year.
He is well known for being at the forefront of the campaign for faster Broadband speeds in Burton.
A spokesman for the club said: “He has brought his passion for seeing local businesses grow and thrive to his role.”
To suggest ideas or for more information is available by visiting www.burtonbusinessclub.co.uk , calling 07859 020315 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org