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
The team set themselves a target of raising £20,000 for the
foundation and were given the full support of 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
- via our just giving website page: https://www.justgiving.com/stuartturnerfoundation
- 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
- 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