The 2017 Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge is celebrating a record breaking achievement raising £385,000 for good causes and bringing total charity funds raised from the Charity Challenge in the last 10 years to over £1.9 million. More than 100 teams of four from Samworth Brothers businesses, customers and suppliers participated in one of two gruelling 10 hour Charity Challenge events in the Lake District recently. Each Challenge team had to complete a tough mountain walk/run, long mountain bike ride and canoe race. The triathlon style event had already raised more than £1.5 million for charity over five previous events but the 2017 £385,000 total is a fund raising record.
More than 75 charities will benefit from the team fund raising including national charities such as Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, Epilepsy Society, Help for Heroes, Macmillan Cancer Support and Muscular Dystrophy UK to name a few, plus local charities, close to Samworth Brothers businesses, including Children’s Hospice South West, Merlin MS Centre (Cornwall), Cornwall Air Ambulance, Derbyshire, Leiocestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance, Wishes4Kids (Leicestershire), LOROS Hospice (Leicestershire) and Chicks, (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids, South West).
Samworth Brothers Group Executive Director and Charity Challenge organiser Paul Davey said; “We are extremely pleased with the fantastic result. Our target for the 2017 Challenge was £300,000 so we are delighted to have smashed that target with the £385,000 total. The fund raising efforts of all the competitors was outstanding. The Challenge was also supported by a great team of fantastic volunteers over the two weekends from across the Samworth Brothers businesses. It is a great effort, particularly to mark our 10th anniversary.”
Awards were also made to local charities around the event location in Keswick, Cumbria including Keswick Rugby Club Community Trust (£20,000); The Calvert Trust (£20,000), Keswick First Responders (£10,000) and Great North Air Ambulance (£5,000). Each of the teams nominate their own charities but the Charity Challenge also pledges to give something back to the local community who hosts the Challenge events. At the first Challenge event the award for most money raised went to Spayne Lindsay teams, ‘ No Spayne, No Gain’ and ‘Go with the Flo’, who raised an amazing total of £51,749 for the Motor Neurone Association. On weekend 2, the award went to the ‘Kernow Kings’, from Kensey Foods, who raised a fantastic £13,646.39 for Dash of Silver, a charity set up by Kensey staff member Dan Silver, who has battled cancer and set up a charity to raise further awareness of male cancers.