LAB Group’s Steve Radjen named in Queen’s Honours list

Steve Radjen LAB group

LAB Group’s Group Client Services Director Steve Radjen has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for his services to charity, as part of the Queen’s New Year’s Honours 2021 list.

Radjen has been involved with Naomi House & Jacksplace, Wessex hospices for children and young adults, since 2004 when his support began with a one-off marathon to raise money. Since then, he’s raised £350,000 for the charity.

Steve Radjen

In 2012, he decided to step up his efforts further, partaking in the Marathon des Sables. His aim was to raise £50,000 in the year he turned 50, opting for the toughest footrace in the world, which consists of six marathons in seven days across the Sahara Desert. Through this endeavour, he raised £87,000.

On his return, he organised a Gala Ball for the charity, which was attended by 250 people.

His sky-high thinking culminated in 2018 when he decided to step up the game yet again and take on the challenge of running 21 marathons in 21 consecutive days. 

The goal was to raise a substantial amount of money for Naomi House & Jacksplace to mark the charity’s 21st anniversary. 

The target of £100,000 was once again exceeded, with Radjen raising a staggering £180,000 through sponsorships and ticket sales to another Gala Ball, this time attended by 400 people.

It was at that Gala Ball where he came up with the idea of funding a nurse for an entire year. At the event, he asked 20 guests to come up on stage and pledge £1,500. He ended up raising £40,000.

LAB support

LAB Group have been supportive along the way. In 2018, as part of his 21 marathons in 21 days challenge, other members of staff joined him on the track: Matt Lloyd, Senior Account Manager ran three marathons; Rachel Howe, Chief Finance Officer and Andy Mason, Group Chief Operating Officer ran a marathon each; and Tom Head, Co-Founder and Board Member ran half a marathon.

“I’m lucky to have two healthy children”, Radjen said. “When I started running for Naomi House, I wanted to raise money for families that were not as fortunate. 

“Naomi House & Jacksplace’s work is very close to my heart and I couldn’t be more humbled and thankful for everyone who nominated me. I hope this will inspire more people to volunteer and assist the charity in any way they can”.

“I would also like to thank the entire team at LAB Group, all of whom have been incredibly supportive over the last few years, not only by sponsoring me, but more importantly by giving me the time and headspace needed to complete my challenge in 2018. 

“They gave me the freedom to step away from the business for three weeks to take on that challenge, and members of the team even joined me. 

“The LAB ethos of making the world a better place and helping those who are not as fortunate is precisely why all of it was possible,” he added.

Radjen was invited to join Naomi House and Jacksplace’s Board of Trustees in 2013, a position he has held since.