So after 4 and half years, today i bid farewell to Add Momentum. As to what the future holds? Well, more on that another time!
So, here is a little look back at at some highlights of my time at Add Momentum.
We often had fancy dress days at work. I am still stunned by Charles’ “Pimp" suit and Paul’s Indian wedding outfit. I thought he looked like Aladdin!
And there was the legendary Top Gun day..complete with white t-shirts, Top Gun soundtrack in the office and fake F-14s in out photo!
WE had brilliant summer parties with stilt walkers and mini-bikes (which were fiendishly difficult to ride!)
Garrggh –our Christmas parties were famous too. This was our 2008 event at Averys Wine Cellar.
We had an office lookalike survey and apparently this is me! (Although hopefully not as simple as Forrest Gump)
And who could forget the “little” events i took part in to raise money for HopeHIV?
We entered a team of 5 in the 2005 15 Peaks Challenge and the aim was to cover 52km over the 15 highest peaks of Wales, with over 14,000 ft of climbing in under 24 hours.
Our team ("I swear you said 15 pints") consisted of Ben Akin-Smith, Gavin Barnett, myself, Mark Churchill and Toby Hughes. After months of intensive training (ok, 3 months of hill walking with hefty packs), we took on what Welsh mountains could throw at them. Funnily enough, that consisted of a large amount of bad weather!
The bad weather almost cancelled the event right at the start, visibility dropped down to 6ft at some points, and Mountain Rescue was called out to save several teams. Yes it was that kind of weekend.
Unfortunately, these circumstances meant that with the exception of myself the AML team had to retire. I was able to join another team and (eventually) complete the event in a total time of 20 hrs 17 mins 1 secs.
Happily, we raised over £2,000 for Hope HIV, which was really the whole point of it all.
And then in 2007, i decided to do something even dafter!
The Rat Race is an urban adventure race involving teams of 3 competing in a multi-discipline challenge using fitness, nerves, teamwork and stamina.
I managed to complete/survive it with Ben and Claire and we managed to finish 46th out of 150 teams which we were pretty happy about.
Despite being very tired, we all enjoyed it immensely and so far we (together with the other 2 Add Momentum teams who finished in the top half), managed to raise over £9,400 for HOPEHIV.
I have done a lot in my time here and it has been a wonderful time (even despite the turbulent last 12 months but hey that is finance for you) and i am proud to have worked for such a great company. I have had great work colleagues and they have become fantastic friends as well.
I am aware that companies with the calibre of people that i have worked with is rare, and so its been an immense privilege to have been part of something so special..
In addition, and the most important thing of al is that we have been able t make a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of children in Africa through our work with HopeHIV.
And for all of these things i thank God.