Team Kilimanjaro Update

In October 2014 ten Stuart Turner employees made a commitment to raise funds for the Stuart Turner Charitable Foundation by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in April 2015. 

The team set themselves a target of raising £20,000 for the foundation and were given the full support ofKilimanjaro Stuart Turner's Managing Director, Mark Williams to undertake a seven day challenge of endurance to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The challenge begins on the 2nd April 2015 and involves hiking for six to nine hours a day, culminating in a gruelling 15 hour trek on the final day to reach the summit.  

Rory Topping, Customer Relationship Manager and 'Kilimanjaro Team Leader' said 'team selection criteria was difficult as you had to be able to breath, walk and more importantly be extremely mad! Luckily, I don't believe we turned anybody away!' 

Over the past 6 months the team embarked on various fund raising events such as; Car washes, many, many car washes, which included opening the Stuart Turner car park to coincide with the town's late night Christmas shopping events. Patisserie Franco-Belge bakery, Henley Nepalese Community and Stuart Turner training events kindly held donation buckets. Stuart Turner staff and directors donated prizes for a Christmas raffle. The Kilimanjaro team also took part in a mammoth 24 hour bike ride in association with LA Fitness. The bike ride took place on the busy Greys Road entrance to the Stuart Turner car park and with only a tarpaulin to protect them from the elements they collectively managed to clock up an amazing 610km! The final fund raiser was a very successful quiz night in The Bird in Hand pub. The team raised £3,606 and wish to thank the local community for all donations and help, along with the Henley Standard Newspaper for helping to raise awareness for the events and the Stuart Turner Charitable Foundation. 

E-mails, mailshots and articles in trade magazines were carried out resulting in a further donations via the Foundation's Just Giving page, which generated a staggering £12,766 raised through the generosity of friends, family and Stuart Turner suppliers, customers and shareholders. THANK YOU. 

Finally, the team are just days away from embarking on their challenge and have all been working hard individually and as a team to train for the event. Collectively they have climbed Snowdon and walked 22kms in about 4 hours on a wet Sunday. Hopefully their walking boots are well and truly broken in and will get them all to the summit without too many blisters! 

The Foundation's primary objective is to support not for profit organisations whose activities benefit the local community by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or the advancement of education. If you haven't already made a donation and are able to there is still time. Simply make your donation to the Stuart Turner Charitable Foundation via any of the following options: 

  1. via our just giving website page: https://www.justgiving.com/stuartturnerfoundation
  2. Text the word Charity to70660 to automatically donate £5.00. Alternatively you can donate an amount of your choosing simply by texting the word Charity followed by the amount you wish to donate. For example - Charity £10 
  3. By cheque made payable toStuart Turner Foundation.Postal address: Market Place, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 4AD

The Chiltern Centre for disabled children, My Life Choice and Headway Thames Valley to name but a few have already benefitted and we would love to be able to do more. On behalf of the ten slightly insane Stuart Turner employees about to climb Kilimanjaro and the Stuart Turner Charitable Foundation. Thank you.

 

Written by Stuart Turner at 09:00

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