A GROUP of colleagues have begun training for a tough 50-mile trek in the Pennines to improve children’s health care.
Two teams from Covers Timber and Builders Merchants depot, in Quarry Lane, Chichester, are gearing up to tackle the hugely challenging Pennine Way Mega Trek in July next year in aid of MedEquip4Kids.
The route will start in Littleborough, Lancashire, and will test the limits of their physical fitness, mental strength and importantly, their team spirit.
Henry Green, managing director for Covers, said: “Our staff are renowned for going the extra mile and our Mega Trek teams are really putting that into practice for this very worthwhile charity.”
The rugged landscapes of the Pennine Way provide the backdrop for the 50-mile trek which must be completed in under 24 hours and features climbs totalling more than 2,400 metres — the equivalent of climbing Ben Nevis and Snowdon.
“Everyone at Covers is a team player and this will stand them in good stead for the challenge ahead, alongside their strenuous training regime,” said Mr Green.
“We all wish them every success.”
The two Covers teams, made up of staff from the Chichester depot, are: Jody Walker (captain), Justin Walsh, James Fallick and Dominique Anns in team one; and Shaun Massey (captain), Jamie Irish, Kerry Wells and Dave Trusler in team two.
MedEquip4Kids works to improve the health of babies and children by providing equipment that is not yet available from limited NHS resources.
Set to celebrate its 30th birthday in 2015, MedEquip4Kids has raised more than £14m to fund equipment and facilities throughout the UK.
Team one captain Jody Walker said: “We cannot wait to take on this challenge.
“It will be the experience of a lifetime and it’s for an incredibly worthy cause.”