We are the second largest company taking part in TrekFest in terms of applicants, as staff from all across the Group take to the hills on Saturday 7 June. They will be joined by around 800 other walkers who’ve signed up to the challenge.
Some last minute news!
It’s particularly important our teams gain your support, as they’ve found out they will be trekking an extra 2 miles! A diversion to the regular path used for TrekFest means this year’s challenge is 29 miles, instead of 27.
Our walkers are taking on an incredible challenge, and we want to support them as much as we can. Below you will find a summary of our teams with links to their donation pages.
NB You can also send the teams a message of support via the Comments at the end of this post, or via Twitter if you use it. Our account, @LinkUp2014 is ready to hear from you and you can see the latest tweets and replies in the righthand sidebar. We’re expecting lots of tweets from the event!
Meanwhile, over at the Brecons…
We will be setting up camp in the TrekFest village in our shiny new event shelter – why not join us on Saturday morning to see our teams off? Or, you could come along later in the day to welcome the weary walkers back over the finish line.
There is parking available at the TrekFest village, at the Brecon Rugby Pitches, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7EL. This is also the start and finishing point – a great place to show your support!
- Checkpoint 1 – Talybont-on-Usk, LD3 7YQ – approx. 2 hours walking from start. Talybont-on-Usk is a small picturesque village 1 mile south of the main A40, which runs between Abergavenny and Brecon.
- Checkpoint 3 – Canolfan y Bannau, LD3 8NL – approx. 4.5 to 5 hours walking from Checkpoint 1. The Storey Arms is an education centre at the foot of Glyn Tarell.
Now let’s hear it for the teams…
We have 26 magnificent trekkers from seven teams heading for the hills this weekend. They are supporting a wide variety of charities as follows:
- Cake Walk – Mark Silver from Rowan House in support of National Literacy Trust
- Perthes Pathfinders – a joint team from Borehamwood and Stevenage, consisting of Christie Stevens, Cheryl Fowler, Mark Lapworth, Abby Slinger, Chris Foord, and Houssam Ahmad. The clue to their support’s in their team name: Perthes Association.
- Team Kerri – Kerry Macey and Ceri Heathcote from Connect Education & Care who are supporting 2 charities: Salisbury Hospital’s Stars Appeal and Naomi House and Jack’s Place Children’s Hospice
- Team West @ WMS – Natasha Sewley, Diane Levitt, Mike Symonds and Lee Miles from Connect Education and Care (Shrewsbury) along with Nick Scraggs and John Richards from Connect Education and Care (Trowbridge). They are supporting Hope House Childrens Hospices
- Walking Spirit – Bernadette Nyulasz, Viktoria Torok, Brigitta Letai, Alexandra Novak and Hajnakla Micheller from Bertrams, supporting East Anglian Air Ambulance
- Wordery Walks – Lucy Manfield, Tim Williams, Rob Gilchrist and Will Jones for Cancer Research UK and Tommy’s
The links take you to their charity donation pages – they deserve every penny of your support.
You may remember Chloe Richards was our first member of staff to sign up for TrekFest. Sadly she injured herself in training and can no longer take part in the walk. She’s raised £360 so far for her charity which is still fantastic! She gave us this message:
“I’m currently on crutches! My doctor believes I’ve damaged my lateral cartilage and has told me I need to rest it for 2 months. I’m really frustrated!”
Here’s to a speedy recovery for you Chloe and I’m sure you’ll join us in wishing your colleagues well as they put their best feet forward for TrekFest this weekend!