14 September, 2016


Eleven colleagues from Hastings Direct have raised a whopping £3,400 (and counting) for Bexhill based charity Homecall after cycling an impressive 126 miles in one day in eighty-degree heat.

Leaving the company’s Newmarket office at 5.30am on Tuesday morning, the workmates and amateur cyclists reached Hastings Direct’s head office in Bexhill at 8.30pm welcomed by fellow colleagues and representatives from Homecall.

Martin Pierce, Dave Peacock, Ben Wright, Gary Cook, Nicole Walker, Daryl Nayler, Matt Laver, Mark Humphrey, Paul Baker, Simon Catmur and Alan Auger have been training for over three months and although a tough challenge, enjoyed every minute of the charity ride.

Ben Wright from Hastings Direct said, “It was a great challenge and everyone taking part should be really proud of their achievements. The riders and support crew worked really hard on the hottest September day on record, raising money for a brilliant local charity and having a lot of fun in the process. We’re really touched by the support and welcome we received.”

Jay Wootten, community relations manager added, “We’re delighted to be able to support our charity partners of 2016 with events like this. It also provided an opportunity for our colleagues to give something back via our community day programme.  A big well done to team Hastings.”

Leah Norman from Homecall said “A massive thank you to everyone from Hastings Direct that cycled from Newmarket to Bexhill on a very hot day to raise valuable funds for our small charity. The amount raised is truly phenomenal and will ensure Our Volunteer Visitors continue to provide home visits and support to the visually impaired to help them maintain their independence in our community.”

Visit to follow the team’s fundraising.

Hastings Direct Press Officer:

Natalie Sadlier                      

Tel:     01424 738225 extn. 8225 / 07464 486110

About Hastings Direct

Hastings Direct is a fast growing, agile, digitally focused general insurance provider to the UK market, with 2.2 million customers and employing over 2,700 colleagues at sites in Bexhill, Leicester and Newmarket.

We have built our business by championing the customer by providing refreshingly straightforward service and products and offer car, motorcycle, van and home insurance directly to the public.

Hastings Direct is a trading name of Hastings Insurance Services Limited, the UK trading subsidiary of Hastings Group Holdings plc, which also trades via “People’s Choice” and “insurePink”.

We are a multi award winning business, most recently as:

  • 2015 Car Insurance Provider of the Year, Consumer Moneyfacts Awards 
  • 2015 Personal Lines Broker of the Year,  UK Broker Awards
  • 2015 Team of the Year, Financial Experience Awards

About Homecall:

Homecall is a registered charity that offers a volunteer home visiting scheme for the visually impaired in Bexhill. We provide a free service, funded entirely by grants, legacies, donations and ongoing fundraising events. Homecall currently maintains a list of between 50 and 60 Volunteer Visitors with a similar number of clients. Through our network of trained and vetted Volunteer Visitors we offer regular visits to Clients usually once a week, to help with a variety of tasks made difficult by sight loss. Our Volunteer Visitors help the substantially visually impaired maintain their independence, stay in their own homes and relieve social isolation enabling access to the community.

For further information contact Leah Norman our Scheme Manager on 01424 717795 or email or find us on Facebook at


14 September, 2016