Associates Take on an Everest Climb to Raise Money for Children in Need
Friday 15th November is the UK’s national charity day for ‘Children in Need’, when people from around the country volunteer their time and efforts to raise money for the charity. In fact, last year a whopping £50.5 million was raised for the charity in the UK.
This year, associates gave up their time to raise money for Children in Need in a number of ways. Associates focused their efforts on organising a cake sale, a sponsored Mount Everest climb, a raffle and a casual clothes day in the office. Everyone came together to support this great cause and the response received was very impressive. Associates baked cakes, donated prizes and gave up their time to walk up the stairs to participate in the sponsored climb.
Reynolds’ Associates took time out to participate in a sponsored stair climb at the Birmingham office. They were challenged to climb the height of Mount Everest (8,848m/29029ft) by repeatedly ascending the stairs from the ground floor to the third floor. A mountain made of foam was placed at the top of the stairs so the climbers could plant a British flag for every ascent achieved.
“The stair climb is a great idea because it allows associates to come together and help raise money to change the lives of children and young people in communities across the UK,” said Paul Widdowson, UK Financial Controller “It’s rewarding to so many of our associates knowing they are able to make a difference”.
The climb started off well and by lunchtime, we had managed to get over half way but with fewer climbers scheduled for the afternoon and still 320 ascents of the stairs to go, the organisers were beginning to think that, this year, the mountain was going to beat us.
But then the Reynolds' team spirit kicked in and people started appearing on the stairs over the lunch period and in to the early afternoon. The remaining ascents started to plummet and by 3:25 pm, the final flag was planted in the mountain to complete the challenge. We did it - we walked a total of 687 ascents (that's a massive 49,464 stairs). All the climbers put in fantastic performances and it was great to see associates encouraging and supporting each other throughout the climb.
Notable achievements this year were:
Several climbers registered between 20 and 50 ascents each – well done to all of you
The most ascents completed by one person was Paul Hammersley, with a whopping total of 111
The fastest ascents completed on the day were by Dan Cooke who completed 25 in 25 minutes
Winners of the 'Guess the Pedometer Reading” competition were Phil Johnston and Michele Smith who both won a bottle of Rock Mountain wine
Associates also came together to put on their baking hats and make a variety of cakes to sell to raise money for Children in Need. In addition, Supervisors, Managers, Directors and our Suppliers donated some amazing prizes to be raffled and, staff were given the opportunity to wear casual clothes on the day in return for a donation.
Paul concluded, “It was a fantastic team effort that everyone who helped organise or took part in should be proud of. We’ve had a fantastic day raising lots of money for such a great cause”.
In total, the UK associates raised £1,526.01 for the Children in Need charity.