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Diss company's employees pulling together for "inspirational" former director

A clinical research company has been raising funds to pay to tribute to an inspirational founder, who died earlier this year.

SQN Clinical, which is based on Diss Business Park in Hopper Way, has been operating in the town since 1996, when it was overseen by Tony Rees, its founder and director.

This year, employees at the company decided to create a fundraising event in memory of Mr Rees, in which 19 members of staff participated.

Tony’s Tribe, as the group dubbed themselves, completed a range of challenges on October --, including running, open water swimming, long distance walking, iron man challenges, cycling and a tennis marathon.

The employees raised a total of £5,000, including gift aid, comfortably surpassing their £1,500 target, which will now be passed on to Cancer Research UK.

Pauline Allen, business support manager at SQN Clinical, said: “Tony was was an inspirational man to work with. He was generous, kind and funny. He understood and appreciated people and always had time for us.

“He made us believe in ourselves and what we could achieve, both individually and as a team. He gave us all the opportunity to be the best that we can be and we strived to make him proud.”

She added: “Several of our team are keen runners, some of whom had been planning to participate in the Great North Run, which was cancelled due to the pandemic.

“We decided to create a virtual team to participate in various challenges in memory of Tony.

“He is greatly missed and we wanted to do something to remember him and raise money for a cause close to his heart. Given that SQN’s business is based around research, we chose Cancer Research UK.

“We had T-shirts printed and advertised what we were doing via social media. Thanks to the efforts of the team, and the generosity of friends, family, colleagues and clients, we raised far more than we expected.

“Now that we have established Tony’s Tribe we are likely to make it an annual SQN event, although what form that will take in 2021 is, of course, still to be decided.”

To donate to the SQN team’s fundraiser event, go online to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sqn-

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