Ricoh Europe employees spend day at King’s College Hospital

In 2014 the Ricoh imagine change challenge programme was introduced as a new way of bringing together the collective imagination and effort of our employees across the EMEA region, by driving positive change in the communities in which our sites operate and where our employees live and work.

The first initiative as part of this programme is a long distance bike ride, in which more than 30 Ricoh employees from 11 operating companies are challenging themselves to cycle more than 1500 kilometres over 11 days from London to Barcelona in May 2015. The ultimate goal: to raise more than £100,000 for the amazing work of the Institute of Liver Studies (ILS) at King’s College Hospital (KCH).

On 10 March, KCH and ILS staff hosted a visit for a number of Ricoh employees, cyclists and Ricoh Europe Board members giving them the opportunity to see what our fundraising efforts will be supporting and the kind of work that is carried out at KCH and the ILS in particular.  Our employees also had the chance to hear directly from the clinicians and academic researchers how, through our imagine change challenge programme, we are able to make a real difference to the institute’s pursuit of early detection and improved treatment for liver cancer. Ultimately, the institute wants to find a cure.

Following a tour of the facility Professor Nigel Heaton gave an overview of the research and work carried out at KCH and highlighted the important role the ILS has outside the UK as a European Centre of Excellence. Furthermore, Ricoh staff saw first-hand how the work of the ILS has resulted in a number of breakthroughs and ‘firsts’ in research. Doctor Prav Peddu talked to the group about the ‘NanoKnife’ and the difference it can make to patients who have few treatment options left.

As the ILS is the beneficiary of the first ever Ricoh imagine change challenge, staff at the hospital were understandably keen to learn more about what inspired us to undertake the challenge. This gave Ian Winham, CIO & CFO, Ricoh Europe (participant in parts of the ride) the opportunity to explain in more detail, and James Lane, a fellow cyclist for the entire London to Barcelona bike ride, the chance to talk about his personal motivation to the cause.

Talking about the challenge, Professor Heaton explained, “It’s the Ricoh tagline of imagine.change. that really strikes a chord with me, and I think it is encapsulated by the bike ride as well. Imagine a difficult task like a big bike ride, or trying to change the outlook for a cancer which is difficult to treat. Imagine changing that, and it really sums up the challenges posed, not only for the cyclists, but what I do on a daily basis while treating patients”.

If you would like more information about the challenge, or to make a donation, please visit the imagine change challenge site

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