Nine of developer Taylor Wimpey’s Bury St Edmunds employees will be attempting to scale 10 of the highest peaks in the Brecon Beacons as part of a gruelling charity trek this weekend.
Olivia Peters, 20, Jessica Miln, 25, Daly Clarke, 33, Mark Edmonds, 42, Hayden Dolby, 42, Ryan Bruty, 27, Mark Chapman, 30, Kelly Bugg, 30, and Andrew Rodzian, 28, all from Bury, will be among an 18-strong team from Bury-based Taylor Wimpey East Anglia when they embark upon the 10 Peaks Challenge on Saturday.
The challenge will cover a distance of 34.3km and involve climbing a total height of 1,695m – all within 10 hours.
Mark Edmonds, planning and technical director, said: “We’re really excited to be taking part in the 10 Peaks Challenge for such a worthy cause and have been training hard in preparation for the expedition.
“This challenge has already tested our ability to work together effectively and has presented many physical challenges along the way with walking in snowy blizzards,to getting lost and even falling into peat bogs.
“We would love people to sponsor us for this incredible challenge and any contribution is greatly appreciated.”
The team set a target of raising £4,500 in sponsorship and has already exceeded that, with donations currently totalling almost £6,000.
All proceeds will go to the Youth Adventure Trust, which runs outdoor development courses for young people aged between 11 and 14 who come from difficult backgrounds.
The children are referred by schools, social services or other agencies and the Trust aims to build their confidence and teach them team-working skills through activities including caving, canoeing, climbing and archery. The activities are completely free of charge to those who take part.
David Hempleman Adams, the Trust’s founder president, said: “The Youth Adventure Trust’s camps and activities inspire and support vulnerable young people to learn valuable life-skills and build confidence and self-esteem which make a positive and measurable difference to their lives.
“We do not receive any support from statutory sources so are completely dependent on voluntary donations to carry out our important work. We are immensely grateful to Taylor Wimpey for sponsoring the Brecon 10 Peaks Challenge and to all of its employees for their dedication to training and fund-raising.
“They can be very proud of this achievement which will give many young people the chance to take part in our programme, fulfil their potential and lead positive lives in the future.”
Forty-seven teams from Taylor Wimpey nationwide are taking part in Saturday’s challenge, setting off at 5am.
To sponsor the Bury team, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/thebrecon10peakschallenge