A team from Galliford Try Partnerships North have raised over £8,000 for the mental health charity Mind during gruelling walk along Hadrian’s Way.
Over two days, the walkers trekked 65 miles along the route of the old Roman Wall, from Carlisle to Newcastle.
Stepping out were Hayley Bell, Tamsin Curtis, Alex Gallagher, Iain Mullen, Andrew Rennie – who did day one only, due to work commitments — Dave Brown, Christopher Jamieson and Karl Lister, with the help of support driver Sean Nugent.
The team walked 14 hours on day one and a further 10 hours on day two on a hike that provided plenty of ups and down – not just the hills – including a close call with a bull and a spilt pint due to an inquisitive wasp.
“We are all very proud to have completed the walk and raised a substantial amount for Mind,” said Bell, the company’s social value coordinator and PA to the managing director. “I certainly regret not doing any training. This challenge pushed us all to dig deep and demonstrated the importance of having support and someone to talk to when facing something challenging – an issue which is at the centre of Mind’s work.”
Mind was chosen as Galliford Try’s adopted charity for the year. It provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. The organisation campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
“We are so grateful to Galliford Try Partnerships for choosing Mind as their charity of the year,” said Emma Ihsan, head of corporate partnerships at Mind. “The money raised through this trek will help fund our vital work including our Mind Infoline, information and advice services.”
To date, across the UK, Galliford Try Partnerships has raised over £18,000 for Mind. The company said its staff will be taking part in several fundraising activities for the remainder of 2019, including sky diving, bake sales and a ‘bring your dog to work day.’
Main Image: Back row (left to right) Ian Mullen, Andrew Rennie and Chris Jamieson. Front row (left to right) Hayley Bell, Alex Gallagher and Tamsin Curtis