Colleagues at Derbyshire-based Lubrizol go head-to-head in old-school gaming challenge for British Heart Foundation

Colleagues at a Hazelwood company went wheel-to-wheel and fought bare-knuckle style when they took each other on in a charity challenge – by playing retro computer games.

The event, which took place over two lunch-times last week, saw staff at Lubrizol, in Nether Lane, indulge in a friendly spot of on-screen inter-department rivalry in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Lubrizol software systems engineer Graham Marshall, left, and IS specialist John Filipowicz take part in the company’s computer games contest in aid of the British Heart Foundation.  Penguin PR: media, public relations and communications.

Held as a joint operation between the company’s Global Communications and Information Solutions departments, the event was open to everyone across the company, who were invited to pick up a controller and play a series of games including Pac-Man, Streetfighter, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario Kart in return for a donation.

A prize of a Game Boy mug was on offer to the player who got the highest score at Pac-Man, while staff in the company restaurant joined the fun by baking Mario cupcakes and a Tetris cake, as well as a Mario pizza and a Pac-Man cherry pie.

Around 50 staff from across the company took part in the event, which raised £131.45 for the BHF, which recently agreed to be Lubrizol’s official charity partner for the next two years.

Alex Jackson, global communications student, said: “This was the first time our two departments worked together and it was a huge success, with plenty of people coming along to play over the two days.”

Tim Hollingsworth, TIS manager, EMEA Network Services at Lubrizol, added: “There was a lot of friendly rivalry in the room and some really tight contests, but everyone enjoyed themselves and it was really good to see everyone come together.”


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