Date: Thursday 02 April 2020
Our Oxfordshire team baked cakes, washed cars and even climbed mountains on their way to raising a total of £20,237 for children’s hospice Helen & Douglas House.
Staff across all departments got involved in the fundraising effort, with a bake sale, a fundraising golf day and a car wash taking place throughout 2019. The team also collected sponsorship from suppliers, agencies and Bucks UTC, but perhaps the biggest effort came from a team of three staff who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
Assistant Sales Manager Lauren Murphy, Technical Coordinator Tom Slough and Technical Management Trainee Anna Newman all took on the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro back in October.
Fighting both the physical and mental challenges of climbing 5,895m through blizzard conditions was a tough task for the whole team, but they made it to the top and raised thousands of pounds in the process.
Lauren said: “It was a lot harder than I thought it would be and there were points where I was cold, soaking wet and exhausted when I thought about giving up. But my colleagues helped push me on and I just had to think why we were doing the climb.
“It was a massive help to remember what we were raising money for. There was a guy in our group who had lost both of his children. I just looked at him and thought of his experience, and knew I couldn’t get upset about the climb.
“I’m not sure it’s something I’d ever do again but it was completely worth it because of the fantastic total that we raised. I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored the team, you are helping to make a huge difference to people’s lives.”