CEMEX Employees Raise Over £8,000 for Stroke Association

CEMEX Employees Raise Over £8,000 for Stroke Association

September 11, 2019
Employees for building materials supplier CEMEX have raised over £8,000 for the Stroke Association. The fundraising began after a colleague, Paving Solutions Business Manager Matthew Crowder, suffered a massive stroke in March 2019.

Seven employees based at the CEMEX UK head office in Rugby completed a challenging London to Paris bike ride in three days. The team was made up of people from several different departments; Rebecca Wright, Legal; Colin Jones, Security; Emma Wright, Legal; Rob Greenfield, HR Planning & Development; Naomi Read, Raw Materials; Andrew Bucknall, Procurement; Simon Whitfield, IT and James Fairclough, Marketing.
Together, the cycling team have raised £5,565 for the Stroke Association, with support coming from colleagues at CEMEX sites across the globe. 
Furthermore, five CEMEX employees took part in the Doncaster Half Marathon and smashed their fundraising target of £2,000 – achieving just over £3,000. Dave Duszczak, Estimator; Jon Godley, Sales Manager; Phil Hutchinson, Business Performance Manager; James Playford, Asphalt Area Manager; and Thom Mason, Operations Manager, all work with Matthew on a day to day basis and wanted to raise the money to show their support for him. Also joined by Thom’s brother-in-law Brett Scott, they completed the run with times ranging from 1 hour 52 minutes to 2 hours and 13 minutes.
Matthew’s partner Nichola Cox, who also works for CEMEX as an Estimator, commented: “Both myself and Matt really appreciate the efforts of our colleagues at CEMEX to raise such a considerable amount of money for the Stroke Association. It means a lot to us to know that he is still in everyone’s thoughts as he recovers. 
“Matt has worked for CEMEX for 18 years, joining the company as a graduate engineer, and I have been part of the company for 24 years. We feel very proud to work for such a caring and supportive business. Matt is undergoing lots of therapy and it’s starting to pay off. It’s a long road ahead but he’s definitely up for the battle.”   
Joanne Burr, Regional Fundraising Manager at the Stroke Association said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at CEMEX for their incredible fundraising efforts and of course we wish Matthew all the best with his recovery”
“Every five minutes, stroke destroys lives and can strike anyone – young, old and anyone in between. The impact varies depending on which part of the brain is affected. Recovery is tough, but with the right specialist support and a ton of courage and determination, the brain can adapt. The Stroke Association is here to support people to rebuild their lives after stroke.  And this is only possible with the determination and generosity of our amazing supporters like everyone at CEMEX.”

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Notes to Editors:


  • CEMEX is a global manufacturer of building materials and the biggest Mexican investor in the UK, with 3,000 people employed across 450 sites nationwide. In this country, we are a leading provider of aggregates, cement, ready-mixed concrete and rail sleepers with annual sales of around £1 billion.
  • More news stories can be found on Twitter @CEMEX_UK and on our website www.cemex.co.uk

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