A determined team of National Grid employees completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge last weekend – raising over £40,000 for Macmillan in the process!
More than 40 walkers from across the business recently scaled the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
The challenge covered a distance of 24.5 miles – equal to scaling Ben Nevis twice in just 12 hours.
Every penny raised by participants has been match-funded by National Grid as part of our employee chosen charity partnership.
Head of Cable Tunnels David Luetchford, who joined the team. He said: “I’m proud that so many of our employees took on this challenge.
All the money raised from this event will fund heating grants for people living with cancer. At National Grid, we are aiming to raise £500,000 for Macmillan and our generous employees have already raised an impressive £390,000. Events like this one will undoubtedly help us to hit our target.”
Mechanical Integrity Manager Jo Harris was among those taking part from the company’s Warwick site.
The challenge marks the end of a life-changing year for Jo, who recently lost five stone.
She said: “A year ago I wouldn’t have attempted anything like this, but I was determined to take up the challenge. Macmillan is a fantastic charity, and the cause is very close to my heart as my Dad lost his battle with cancer when I was young. At the time, there was very little support available for my Mum and Dad, and they just had to cope.
Macmillan does some great work and ensures that families have the support they need when they need it most.”
Neil Hughes, at the end of the challenge, when asked how he felt said, “People have been very generous with their donations, so you just carry on, keep on walking. Many thanks to everyone who has supported this wonderful cause. It’s been fantastic.”
Policy Advisor Tom Ireland is also based at the Warwick office. He carried six bricks with him along the route weighing over 20kg and has raised £1,125, which will be match funded by National Grid.
Also among the walkers was the company’s Regional Media Relations Manager Stephanie Van Rosse, who was forced to make emergency repairs after her walking boots began to fall apart two-thirds into the challenge.