Summer ball helps to raise £10,000

Chris and Fleur Sexton, joint managing directors of PET-Xi Training at it summer ball


The inspirational work of a training and education specialist has raised more than £10,000 to help young people in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Family-run PET-Xi Training, which was set-up by Chris and Fleur Sexton in 1995, raised £3,000 at its latest summer ball at Coombe Abbey Hotel near Coventry.

The fantastic sum of more than £10,000 has now been raised at the company’s summer and winter balls since the first summer event was held in 2014 for the PET-Xi Foundation.

The Foundation was launched to help young people in Coventry and Warwickshire and over the last three years, it has provided funding for everything from new suits for job interviews to a prosthetic leg for a young girl.

Fleur Sexton, joint managing director of PET-Xi Training based in Westwood Way, Westwood Business Park, Coventry, said the twice-yearly balls are the perfect opportunity to thank staff and their clients for their support as well as raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

She said: “The PET-Xi Foundation was launched to make a difference to the lives of young people in our community.

“A small act of kindness and support can have a huge impact, especially during a traumatic time. We all know that keeping young people on track during a vulnerable point in their life will help guide them to achieve their potential.

“The Summer Ball is an annual event we have to show appreciation for all their hard work and support throughout our busiest period as well as being an opportunity to highlight the successes of our business over the previous six months.

“Every penny we raise goes straight towards creating a better life for young people. To have reached £10,000 since 2014 is a marvellous achievement and underlines the support and hard work of our staff and partners.

“The Foundation wouldn’t survive and prosper without the tremendous generosity of so many people and we thank them for their on-going support.”

Over 120 staff, trainers, sub-contractors and partners enjoyed a three-course meal at this year’s summer ball along with a raffle and an auction which included prizes ranging from the use of a Jaguar F-Pace for a weekend to an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast at Coombe Abbey Hotel.

The auction was supported by PET-Xi’s partners including Guy Salmon Land Rover Coventry, Jaguar Land Rover, Coventry Blaze, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Coventry and Warwickshire Champions, Coventry’s bid to be the UK City of Culture in 2021, Belgrade Theatre, Prodigy Learning, Listers Volkswagen Coventry, Birmingham Hippodrome, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and Coombe Abbey Hotel.

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