Last month a team of 5 employees called “The Dorset Dawdlers and Somerset Strollers”, from Markus Products in Wincanton, took part in “Great Strides 65” – a 40 mile walk from Guildford to Shoreham-By-Sea along the North Downs Way and Downs Link. The walk, to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust took the team 13.5 hours to complete, starting at 7.00am and getting them a well-earned cup of tea at the seaside at 8.30pm that evening.

As it was not the first time the team had done the event, they decided to ask local businesses for their help this time. Octopus Personnel who supply all of Markus Products Agency staff requirements, were amazingly generous as the picture shows with Sandra Smart the owner of Octopus presenting Mike Rutter a cheque for £500 outside their Gillingham branch. From the left Sophie Cox, Ryan Smart, Mike Rutter, Sandra Smart, Ali Rutter, Ozzy the Octopus, Marsha Jones, and kneeling Michal Tenczynski and Edyta Kowal.

So far this year the team have raised £2990 for this very worthy cause, and over the past 2 events have raised in excess of £7400. It is not too late to sponsor the Dorset Dawdlers, please visit their web page on www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/dorsetdawdlerssomersetstrollers or come along to the Octopus Personnel stand at this year’s Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show on Wednesday 21st August where you can win a prize by taking part in Ozzy the Octopus’s balloon race.

Sandra Smart

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I believe that recruitment is at the heart of a growing economy and that a different type of recruitment service, with honesty, efficiency and integrity at its heart, can benefit all. Octopus Personnel is the result of hard work, focus and commitment to that vision – to delivering consistently great results for our candidates and clients alike, as well as ensuring the agency is a vibrant, inclusive, inspirational place to work and develop rewarding careers.