Drayton & Taverham

Hikers are on a high

Just Regional
Jun 24, 2024 2 mins read

Hikers reached new heights of fundraising at a Lake District trek to help armed forces veterans and their families.

Around 35 Norfolk employees of heating company Gasway and its parent group, Flagship Group, took part in the Cumbrian Challenge, raising more than £37,000 for Stody-based charity Walking With the Wounded.

Among them was Andy Merrill, Gasway’s head of group and electrical operations, who said he was proud of everyone who took part in the May 18 walk – especially those who did the toughest walk of 28km (17.3 miles) with a 1,700 metre ascent.

He said: “We found it really difficult but got a lot out of it, and we set a new fundraising record for the three years that Gasway has been an event sponsor.

“That was extra challenging given the cost-of-living crisis. It has been a sterling effort from everyone involved.”

The seven-hour hike had a special significance for Andy, who had a heart attack in October 2022.

The 52-year-old, from Cringleford, said: “I was still recovering during last year’s challenge and I couldn’t take part, so they took a cardboard cutout of me to the top instead.”

He was joined this year by Taverham walker Mark Holden, among others, to complete the challenge.

Tony Hulton, Walking With the Wounded chief executive, said: “It was a brilliant weekend and truly wonderful to see such unwavering support from the armed forces community, corporate partners and WWTW supporters.

“The funds raised from the event this weekend will make a tangible difference to the lives of those who served.”

 

Donations can still be made at cumbrian-challenge.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/teams/gasway-2

 

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