FUNDRAISING walkers from Tata Chemicals Europe braved charging bulls and torrential downpours to raise money for its corporate charity St Luke's Hospice (Cheshire) by walking the length of the Sandstone Trail.
The trail, which runs from Whitchurch in Shropshire to Frodsham in Cheshire, is a stiff challenge when tackled in one day!
The 30-strong team, which also included representatives from St Luke’s Hospice, completed the 34-mile route over about 12 hours.
Tata Chemicals Europe communications manager Richard Redman, who walked the trail, said: “It was a great day, and very much a family affair.
“We opened it out to spouses and children, which we felt was an appropriate decision because of the wonderful work that St Luke’s Hospice does to help families in our communities.
“The day was quite eventful – we were charged by bulls, drenched in rain, and I even received a shock from an electric fence!
“But I think we’d all agree that we would do it all again for this great cause.
“We donned hiking boots, waterproofs and rucksacks full of nutrition to last us the day, and set off walking at 7am from Whitchurch in Shropshire, arriving at Frodsham after 7pm.
“At the halfway point we were met by the St Luke’s Hospice big red bus, from which we were served pasties, cupcakes and refreshments – much-needed energy for the second half of the trek.”
So far, the team of Tata Chemicals Europe and St Luke’s Hospice have raised £2,000, and Tata bosses have agreed to match whatever is raised, so the final total will exceed £4,000.
As part of its on-going support of St Luke's, which included completing the Three Peaks Challenge in 2015, Tata Chemicals Europe is already planning its next major event: a 'rowathon', to take place in December 2016.