Bank Holiday Mondays are often a time for people to put their feet up and enjoy a relaxing extra day off of work.
However, members of staff at a Peterborough opticians chose to spend their free time slightly differently this year, by undertaking a gruelling charity trek up the Pen y Fan peak in the Brecon Beacons.
Five members of the team at Specsavers Peterborough – led by store manager Mark Gurry – walked the 12-kilometer journey across the rural Welsh peaks to help raise money for Help for Heroes.
Mark, an experienced outdoors enthusiast, says: ‘We’ve done a fair amount of more conventional charity events in the past, such as cake sales and dress down days, but I thought this challenge would bring a bit more excitement to the team.
‘It’s certainly not the standard thing to do on a bank holiday but I personally love all things outdoors, and the sense of achievement you get after completing these sort of challenges makes it all worth it.’
Help for Heroes
The trek was all in aid of raising money for Help for Heroes, which provides lifelong support to service personnel and military veterans with injuries, illnesses and wounds sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces.
Mark says: ‘Help for Heroes is a charity that is close to the heart of many members of our team and, as the mountain has a close association with the military – in particular the SAS, who’s ‘Fan Dance’ endurance test is a key part of the selection process – we felt this was an apt charity to raise money for.
‘At the moment we’re still totalling up sponsorship fees and are also continuing to raise money in store from customers’ donations, so we’re hoping to raise a really handsome sum of money.’