Trio of challenges for ‘extreme’ fund raisers

Posted in: Community Last updated: 23 Mar 2011

A 1000 mile bike ride that involves scaling the UK’s three highest mountains en route; cycling coast to coast, and back again; and a 14,000 foot tandem sky dive – three extreme challenges staff at Engage Mutual in Harrogate have set themselves to raise money for charities close to their hearts.

In April, business analyst Fran Varley will cycle coast-to-coast and back again, aiming to cover 300 miles in six days in aid of the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund based at Leeds General Infirmary. The money will help fund vital equipment and accommodation for parents to stay near their child when in hospital.

Fran will be joined on the return leg by Engage Mutual colleague, Julia Elliott, who is raising funds for the same cause.

In June, marketing team members James Ogden and Paul Horridge will be attempting to complete the Engage Mutual End to End Extreme challenge in nine days.  Biking from Land’s End to John O’Groat’s, they aim to cover an average 120 miles a day, climbing the three biggest mountains in Wales (Snowdon), England (Scafell Pike), and Scotland (Ben Nevis), on the way.

The challenge is in aid of the Steve Prescott Foundation which raises funds for two causes: Try Assist, the Leeds-based rugby league charity which supports seriously injured players, and The Christie, one of Europe’s leading cancer centres.

In August Maria Staiano, who works in the document services department at Engage Mutual, will be undertaking a sponsored tandem jump in aid of Saint Michael’s in Harrogate, a charity which helps improve the lives of local people living with terminal illness.

Louise Withy, Engage Mutual’s head of brand said:

“In true ‘mutual’ spirit, staff take on a range of charity initiatives each year, but this latest trio of challenges is the most extreme to date.  We wish them all the best of luck.“