A LOCAL science company raised more than £28,000 for a mental health charity by holding their own ‘Lubrizol Olympics’.

Employees at the science company, Lubrizol, based in Carlton, have helped support large numbers of people across the country with their mental health after raising £28,282 for MIND.

Staff raised the total amount through sponsorship after holding their own Olympics, which involved them completing 5,882 miles, the distance between Britain and Tokyo in Japan, where the Olympic Games were held in 2021.

Tom Grazier, committee co-chair, said: “This donation to MIND is our biggest donation ever as a company, by a significant margin.

“It’s been a huge effort and it’s down to how much time people have given to this, and at the end of the day, how generous our employees have been.

“From myself on behalf of the committee, thank you to everyone who has been a part of this – it really has been amazing to see what we can do when we come together.”

The idea for the Lubrizol Olympics came from Chris Hart-Jones, who manages the company’s Barnsley plant.

In thanks for his efforts, Chris was crowned with the prestigious Christine Sewell award, given annually to someone who has gone ‘above and beyond’ in volunteering their time for good causes.

Chris added: “Many people find exercise very beneficial for their mental health which is why the idea for the Lubrizol Olympics seemed an appropriate way of raising money for this particular charity.”