It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Michael Roberts, our Founder, Chairman, Friend and Father passed away peacefully at 10am this morning at the Woking Hospice, after a prolonged battle with cancer.
Michael established Trident in 1963 and managed the business for some 33 years until his retirement in 1996.
The business was incredibly important to him and he instilled within it a strong culture of customer care which persists to this day.
Michael continued to take a keen interest in the business right through to his final days.
Michael will be remembered as a strong leader, a caring employer, a loving husband and a wonderful father and grandfather.
The family are incredibly grateful to the Woking Hospice.
We can only imagine how much harder this loss would have been without their care and support of Michael.
In loving memory of Michael Roberts, Woking & Sam Beare Hospices is delighted to announce that one of its 20 bedrooms at newly built Woking Hospice will be named after the late Mr Roberts, whose family have supported the Surrey-wide hospice for over two-and-a-half decades.
Held on Wednesday 20th June, the hospice held a special room naming ceremony to mark the extraordinary life of Michael Roberts, who was the father of Mark, Richard, Christopher and James Roberts and founder of Trident Honda, the family run community car dealership in Ottershaw which has been a corporate partner of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices since 1992.
Also in attendance for the naming of the room were Terry Smith and Tony Usher representing Woking Rotary Club who over the years have been hugely supportive of the hospices and have now funded the hoist for Room 20.
Jayne Cooper, CEO of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, comments:
Congratulations to all the teams who took part in the 6th annual Dragon Boat Races on Sunday 3 June at Goldsworth Park Lake, Woking.
Sponsored by Trident Honda, the event saw 10 teams take to the water in brightly painted, dragon-headed boats on an extremely hot and blisteringly sunny day.
The event provided a colourful spectacle for all our visitors during the day, who came to the lakeside to cheer on the rowers and to enjoy the family fun day activities on the bank too.
Our team, the Trident Otters, won its first race convincingly, won its second race against the Hospice Heroes with a photo finish, before being finally beaten in the third race, despite achieving our best time of the day and possible to date!
The worthy winners, Team Seymours from Seymours' Estate Agents, crossed the lake in a very speedy 57.94 seconds.
Second and third places were won by two teams from Natta Building Company, the 'Average Team' and the 'Dream Team'.
Richard Roberts, managing director of Trident Honda, said:
The Woking & Sam Beare Hospices have now launched their 2018 Midnight Walk and have revealed that this year's theme will be 'The Night Owls - We care 24/7', raising awareness of the free end-of-life care that is given by the charity's staff and volunteers around the clock.
Sponsored for the third year by Trident Honda - the launch was attended by Managing Director, Richard Roberts, along with the stunning Honda NSX (see photograph1).
The 11th annual ladies-only event will start and finish at Woking Leisure Centre on Friday 25 May, with more than 800 walkers following a new route that will be announced very soon.
Each year the Midnight Walk has an exclusive t-shirt design - for 2018 the participants will be sporting fantastic glow-in-the-dark t-shirts, featuring 'The Night Owl' of the event's theme against a backdrop of the moon and stars on a dark navy t-shirt.
The first 300 ladies to register will benefit from the early bird entry fee of just £18, which includes this eye-catching t-shirt.
Director of Fundraising Phil Wormley said:
The people featured in the above photograph (from left to right) are Nicole Sallis - hospice Events Fundraising Executive, Gerry Pearce - hospice volunteer and co-lead marshal for Midnight Walk, Richard Roberts - Managing Director of Trident Honda, Jon Hames - Woking Leisure Centre Manager and Freedom Leisure rep, Marie Howse - hospice Marketing Assistant, Roger Clarke - hospice volunteer and co-lead marshal for Midnight Walk. ↩
We are today, Friday 20th October, holding a Mufti for Michael day in remembrance of our founder Michael Roberts and to raise money for the Woking Hospice, who cared for Michael so well towards the end of his life.
Thank you to all our team for supporting the event, and especially to Alex Russell, who kindly volunteered to bake cakes for a cake sale.
Sadly there are very few left now (see photo opposite)!
In all we believe that we will have collected around £350 for this wonderful cause today.
Thank you to all our customers today for tolerating our questionable sartorial choices and especially to those who decided to contribute to the appeal.
Once again Trident will be supporting the event, with a donation of two VIP tickets to the 2018 British Touring Car Championship with Honda.
The British Touring Car Championship always delivers seat of the pants racing for spectators and is a great day out.
Honda finished the 2017 season in 2nd place in the Constructors' Championship and, with the stunning new Type R, is expected to do even better next season.
Trident Honda partnered with Woking & Sam Beare Hospices for the annual Dragon Boat Race on 25 June, which is expected to raise a final total of more than £18,000, including pledged sponsorship from the rowing teams.
The event, which is held at Goldsworth Park Lake, is sponsored by Trident Honda and in memory of Kris Cook, who grew up close to the lake where he pursued his love of water sports and was a keen supporter of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.
The race saw teams of 12-20 people taking the plunge to race across the lake in special boats, competing against the clock and each other to win a place in the final race of the day.
12 teams took to the waters, with spectators gathered lake side in the sunshine to watch the teams compete.
Activities and hospitality were also on offer with a bouncy castle, BBQ, tombola, face painting and games stalls to entertain and raise funds for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.
Phil Wormley, the director of fundraising for the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, comments:
On behalf of all of us at the hospice I extend a huge thank you to our event sponsor, Trident Honda, to their team the Trident Otters and to all the teams who took part in the Dragon Boat Race.
We deliver specialist palliative care to over 1,400 patients with life-limiting and terminal illnesses each year across six Surrey boroughs and we would not be able to do it without the generosity of our supporters.
Richard Roberts, managing director at Trident Honda, commented:
We are always delighted to sponsor the Dragon Boat Race and provide support to such a worthy cause.
Thanks to our team the Trident Otters for taking part, we may not have won but with just 17 seconds between the first and the last teams it was a hard fought battle!
There was a fantastic turnout from the local community on the day and the weather couldn't have been better for it.
We look forward to continuing our partnership with Woking & Sam Beare Hospices and helping to raise much needed funds.
After an exciting day of heats, it was the Amstelveense Stadtdraken team who won first place, from Woking's twin town in the Netherlands.
Close second came Seymour Estate Agents, followed by the Reg Varney Rowing Club.
Please see a full video of the day below:
And another video of the final race:
The Dragon Boat Race dates back 2000 years throughout southern China and is now taken place annually for 20 centuries.
It is a water sport that has attracted the international scene with its religious ceremonies and folk customers.
Before every race, a ritual is performed as a good luck charm for all the teams.
Sponsored by Trident Honda and supported by Woking Leisure Centre, Woking and Sam Beare Hospices delivered their 10th annual Midnight Walk with over 700 ladies of all generations. Each donning their capes and very eye catching flashing bunny ears.
Total monies raised is still to be confirmed but the event was extremely well attended and the atmosphere from start to finish was fantastic. Woking Leisure Centre was our new venue for registration, followed by a warm up lead by fitness experts from Nuffield Health and Freedom Leisure, before the ladies set off on the eight mile walk. The sea of flashing lights could be seen through Woking Centre and up to the new hospice in Goldsworth Park Centre, around the lake, and back to Woking Leisure Centre via Horsell. At the finish line the ladies were greeted and presented with medals by event sponsor Richard Roberts, Managing Director of Trident Honda, and newly confirmed permanent CEO of the hospice Jayne Cooper.
Gather your team for our exciting annual Dragon Boat Race and fun day at Woking's Goldsworth Park Lake on Sunday 25 June, sponsored by Trident Honda. Oars at the ready!
Teams of 12-20 people can take the plunge to race across the lake in special boats, competing against the clock and each other to win a place in the final race of the day.
It's a great event for all the family, as anyone aged 12 and above can race (under 18s must have an adult in the team), and no experience is required, just lots of energy like our Chinese lions dancing in our launch film below (with thanks to the Chinese Association of Woking).
If you are looking for a team-building challenge for your colleagues or club, this is the perfect event for you too!
It's official - the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices launched this year's Midnight Walk on 7th March at Woking Leisure Centre with headline sponsor Trident Honda.
This year's theme is 'Hospice Heroes' and we are now inviting ladies across Surrey to swish their cape's for the 10th Annual Woking & Sam Beare Hospices' Midnight Walk on Friday 19 May.
This ladies-only event will start at 8pm with a welcome and registration session, leaving Woking Leisure Centre at 10pm and following an eight mile route back to the centre. A refreshment station will be posted halfway at the new hospice currently being built in Goldsworth Park, Woking, due to open in Spring. Freedom Leisure, which operates Woking Leisure Centre, has kindly supported the popular event by providing the venue as well as training support for participants.