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Colleagues’ peak performance raises £40k for charity

A group of Grand Union colleagues have scaled 24 peaks, raising more than £40,000 for charity.

The brave team trekked over 34 miles with 12,234ft of ascent – close to halfway up Mount Everest and three times up Ben Nevis. They were joined by budding fundraisers from other organisations including Longhurst Group, the Chartered Institute of Housing and Mosscare St Vincent’s housing.

Completing their challenge over just two days, on 11-12 September 2021, the fundraisers tackled famous Lake District peaks such as Scafell Pike and Helvellyn.

The thousands of pounds raised from the epic hike will go towards MIND charity and Harry’s Pals.

Team member Dave Lakin, Director of Development & Commercial at Grand Union, said: “We were all very excited but also nervous about the 24 peaks. For all of us, it was the most gruelling hike we’d ever done.

“The donations spurred us on during the trek, especially during very wet and dismal conditions. Having planned the fundraiser for many months, it was great to finish it, with smiles on our faces.”

Aileen Evans, Group Chief Executive at Grand Union Housing Group, said: “I’m so proud of what our colleagues have achieved. Not only did they complete their brave fundraiser, they trained long and hard to make sure they were in good fitness ahead of the challenge.

“Raising more than £40,000 for both MIND and Harry’s Pals was incredible and I am so grateful for everyone who has donated. I’ve been very open about my family’s experience with poor mental health and I’m passionate about working with MIND to create an open culture about mental health in the workplace.”

Alongside its commitments to MIND, Grand Union recently signed up to Harry’s Pledge – a campaign launched by Harry’s Pals, calling for social housing providers to do more to support carers.

Harry’s Pals was set up by Hayley Charlesworth, daughter of Longhurst Group Chief Executive Julie Doyle, to support the mental health of parents of critically ill young children.  Hayley’s son Harry was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and many other complex needs which means that he needs round the clock care.

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