2019 Charity Challenge teams break through £2.2 million mark
From heavy rain to dazzling sun, teams in the 2019 Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge triumphed over tough conditions to raise an amazing £318,000 for charity. It brings the total raised from the Charity Challenge since the event started in 2007 to an outstanding £2.2 million.
For 2019, nearly 100 teams of four took part in the two gruelling 10-hour Charity Challenge event on Exmoor. Samworth Brothers’ people, customers and suppliers were involved, and each team committed to raising a minimum of £2,000 to the charity of their choice.
Against the backdrop of fantastic Exmoor scenery, the teams undertook a tough hill walk, long bike ride and a spell of sea kayaking. Good map reading was also essential with a series of checkpoints to find along the course. A team of more than 50 volunteers from Samworth Brothers and a number of suppliers also worked hard to ensure the event ran smoothly.
Weather conditions were mixed. Teams at the first weekend’s event enjoyed bright sunshine but hot conditions for a long trek. The second weekend’s event began wet and windy, although it brightened up for the teams in the afternoon. On the second weekend the participants were joined by a crack team from 40 Commando Royal Marines based at Taunton, who tackled and won the Challenge’s Elite course.
A big ‘thank you’ to the organisers
A tireless team of committee members and volunteers provided essential behind-the-scenes support to make this year’s Charity Challenge a success. Paula Shaw, Head of Coldcall and Distribution at Bradgate Bakery, did an excellent job as Head of Charity Challenge. And as event stalwart Alison Rudkin departed for pastures new, Fiona Byres, Senior Commercial Manager at Samworth Brothers, seamlessly took the reins as the 2019 Charity Challenge coordinator at short notice.
Together with an intrepid band of committee members and volunteers, Paula and team made sure this year’s Charity Challenge went without a hitch. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard behind the scenes to make the Charity Challenge 2019 such a success.
Committed to good causes
As well as supporting the local Exmoor community, more than 50 other charities are being supported by Charity Challenge team fundraising.
These include Alzheimer’s Research, Macmillan, Stroke Association, British Deaf Association, Marie Curie, NSPCC, Sue Ryder, Huntington’s Disease Association, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Wishes 4 Kids, Heartlink Children’s Charity, Hospice at Home, Coping with Cancer, Rainbows Children’s Hospice, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Devon and Cornwall Autistic Society, Argyle Community Trust, Macmillan, various women’s cancer charities, Anthony Nolan and Muscular Dystrophy UK.