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Manchester recruiters aim to Beat the Moon for charity

Staff from Hays in Manchester, the leading recruiting expert in qualified, professional and skilled people, are taking part in ‘Beat the Moon', a physically tough challenge to raise money for Hays' charity partner Action for Children. The gruelling challenge involves cycling a total of nine miles, followed by a nine-mile trek to the summit of Scafell Pike and a canoeing stint on Wast Water before finally ending with a one mile run. To top it off they must complete the whole course before the moon rises. The challenge will take place in May 2010 and the Hays team aim to raise a whopping £60,000 for the charity.

Action for Children is one of the UK's largest children's charities working with over 156,000 children, young people and their families at around 420 projects across the UK. Action for Children is committed to transforming the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people and currently runs nine projects in the Manchester area, including several family intervention services, a respite care centre for children with disabilities and a children's rights service.

Tim Cook, Managing Director at Hays UK and Ireland, says: "We are proud to support such a fantastic charity and would like to thank friends, families, colleagues and the local community for all their support in helping us meet our fundraising target. I know everyone is working and training hard to make sure they are ready for this demanding event, and are able to raise as much money as possible."

Jess Abrahams, Senior Corporate Fundraiser at Action for Children, said: "Beat the Moon is a great example of creative fundraising and one that should raise a fantastic amount of money for Action for Children. As someone who will be taking part in the challenge, I also have no doubt that it will be an event to remember for everyone involved!"

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About Hays

Hays plc (the "Group") is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Australia and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe. It operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

The Group employs over 6,700 staff operating from 345 offices in 28 countries across 17 specialisms.

For the year ended 30 June 2009:

  • the Group had revenues of £2.4 billion, net fees of £670.8 million and operating profit of £158.0 million;
  • the Group placed around 50,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 300,000 people into temporary assignments;
  • the temporary placement business represented 56% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 44% of net fees;
  • Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and United Kingdom.

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Alexandra Tucker
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